How Much Would It Cost and How Long Would the Recovery Be for a Hoodectomy? (photo)

I am interested in only getting the hoodectomy what would be the cost on this? how long is the recovery? is there a way that insurance would cover it because of the discomfort and pinching issues? not being able to orgasm very easy unless I pull the skin back

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Based on your photos and story and baring any significant medical problems, you do indeed appear to be a good candidate for Clitoral Hoodectomy - trimming of the excess skin around and/or covering the clitoris, often times not only being unsightly but also functionally a hindrance to orgasm.  Fortunately the tissue is robust with blood supply so it heals relatively fast but also dense with nerve endings so it is sensitive for the first 4 - 5 days.  Nonetheless, most patients are back up on their feet the very next day after surgery and can return to a sedentary job.  Unfortunately, in my experience most insurance companies consider this procedure cosmetic and will not reimburse for it.  At my office and surgery center the typical total fee for hoodectomy is ~ $2500.  glad to help...  

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Labia Amputation Reconstruction

I'm sorry that you've had problems with your previous labiaplasty. It appears you had a labia minora amputation (a "trim" labiaplasty as most Ob/Gyn's and some plastic surgeons perform). This procedure, as you have seen, does not address the clitoral hood properly.
You don't only need a clitoral hoodectomy, but rather you would benefit from a labia minora reconstruction using clitoral hood flaps. This uses the "extra" tissue from the hood and recreates the labia minora, which would give you a more normal vaginal opening.
Find a doctor who specializes in this. The aesthetic surgeons who are the best at this are the least likely to accept insurance. However, in my office we help you to get reimbursed for out-of-network coverage.
Be very selective with your next labiaplasty surgeon, and find a plastic surgeon who is truly experienced. See the video above and the link below for more information.

Clitoral Hood Reduction

Dear Chicagoproblem, Based on your photos, you would be a good candidate for a clitoral hood reduction.  This surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia and often in an office setting which helps decrease costs.  Most patients can return back to a desk job in a day or so.  If you job requirements are more active, your time for returning back to work may be delayed.  Costs vary from region to region but are commonly in the $2000-2500 range.  Hope this helps.

Herluf G. Lund, Jr, MD
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Excess hood

Thanks for your photos as it does show excessive hooding.  But it also shows very little labia.  Regardless, if you only want the hood reduced, its a procedure that can be done in the office for less then $2000.  Please realize it may not have any effect on your ability to climax and you must abstain from any pressure to that area for up to 6 weeks.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

How Much Would It Cost and How Long Would the Recovery Be for a Hoodectomy?

Recovery for a clitoral hood reduction is fairly quick.  Most patients can go back to work the next day.  I have never had luck with insurance covering labiaplasty or clitorla hood reductions.  We charge $2000 for a clitoral hood reduction but it varies in different parts of the country.

Rigo Mendoza, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Clitoral hood reduction

You are a good candidate for a clitoral hood reduction based on your photograph. A clitoral hood reduction extended into the labia minora may improve the functional and cosmetic aspects of your labial concerns.  


Dr. Karamanoukian 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

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