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

Doctor Answers 6

Clitoral Hood Reduction

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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.

Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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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...  

Ryan A. Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 128 reviews

Insurance for Hoodectomy

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Insurance will not pay for rejuvenation surgery such as laxity or for appearance. They may cover surgery for urinary leakage associated with advanced cystoceles, rectoceles and vaginal prolapse. Candidates of #VaginalRejuvenation orVaginoplasty surgery are women who desire a more youthful appearance and function of the vulva and vaginal area. For some women, the effects of childbirth, aging, trauma, and/or genetics, causes their vaginal tissue and muscles to become stretched, which results in loss of strength and tone in the vaginal area. This can lead to unsatisfying intimate contact and discomfort.
These surgeries are best performed by carefully selected Plastic Surgeons or Gynecologists. As this is not a very common procedure it is important that you choose a specialist who has significant experience in these procedures to get the best result with the least number of complications. Costs vary depending on if the surgery is done in the office, outpatient surgery center, the experience of the surgeon, type of anesthesia (local, IV, or general anesthesia, and if other procedures such as correction of a cystocele, rectocele, labiaplasty, or other conditions and also varies geographically. In general the surgery will run from $6000 to $15,000.
Intended ResultThe surgical procedure, Vaginoplasty, in many cases, can increase friction during intercourse, giving women more control of vaginal muscles, increasing sexual satisfaction, while also creating a more attractive and appealing appearance to the vaginal area.

Excess hood

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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

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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
4.4 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Clitoral hood reduction

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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