Can clitoris be restored? (Photos)
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Can Clitoris Be Restored?
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Can the clitoris be restored after female circumcision?
Thank you for writing in with your questions and sharing your photos. What a horrible experience you had to endure. It is hard to tell from your pictures if your clitoris was just covered up or if it was actually removed. If you feel a pea-sized bump under the skin, you may still have the clitoral glans. If it is present, the scar tissue can be opened up to free the clitoris and improve your sensation. The inner labia minora that are asymmetric and slightly pigmented can be reduced to make them even and pinker with a labia reduction. There are also extra skin folds around the clitoral hood that can be reduced for a cleaner more aesthetic appearance.
It is important you find an experienced cosmetic-plastic gynecologist or uro-gynecologist who has been trained to treat women with genital mutilation and who is knowledgeable in several labiaplasty techniques. In terms of labiaplasty, there are two types of procedures, those that reduce the darker, thicker edges (the traditional edge-reducing labiaplasty) and those that preserve the edge (the various wedge procedures that include the central wedge, the inferior wedge and the posterior wedge). The wedge procedures remove a piece from the middle of the labia and tack down the edges to keep the natural color, texture and contour, and they have a slightly higher complication rate with edges separating on occasion which may require another procedure.
You can read more about labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction at the link below.
I hope this information is helpful.
Troy Robbin Hailparn, MD, FACOG
Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio
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As others have said, if the clitoris was amputated during the circumcision procedure then it can not be restored, however, many times I've evaluated patients like you there is a clitoris under some scar tissue and this may be able to be restored by removed the scar tissue.
Hope this helps.
Restoring Lost feminity
Clitoral restoration and "clean up"
Sorry for you.
I agree with Dr Pelosi below.
You may have a clitoris under the scar tissue. You should know if this becomes erect. If so this can be "released". I have treated such problems in the past.
As far as the labia are concerned, they can be trimmed for a more aesthetic appearance.
Cannot replace clitoris if removed at circumcision, but...
Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sorry about your experience. If the clitoris has been removed then there is nothing available for you other than improving the aesthetic concerns that you have. If the clitoris remains, but its covered with your hood then this can be corrected as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia at which time you may chose to correct the asymmetry and hypertrophy of your labia minora.
You should seek out a consultation with an experienced cosmetic gynecologist for a detailed examination to determine the extent of your circumcision and thus appropriate surgical recommendation.
Best of luck,
Can the clitoris be salvaged after female circumcision/mutilation?
Can clitoris be restored?
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