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Hoodectomy vs Labiaplasty: Key differences and choosing the right procedure

Hoodectomy and labiaplasty surgery are popular procedures, but what’s the difference between the two? 

While they both can increase confidence and comfort levels, they’re very different procedures that resolve different issues women can experience as a result of genetics, hormonal factors or other physical changes. 

The MYA experts tell you everything you need to know, including the differences and which one is best for you.

May 11th, 2023 |Ask an Expert

What’s a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the unwanted tissue of the labia minora (the bits of skin that sit on either side of the vaginal opening). It is done to reduce discomfort and create a more symmetrical appearance.     

The procedure usually takes one hour, with a recovery time of 6-8 weeks.       

What’s a hoodectomy?

The clitoral hood covers the button-sized organ (the clitoris) that sits at the top of the labia minora. If enlarged, it can prevent women from achieving sexual stimulation and can cause discomfort or chaffing, especially when wearing tight clothing and underwear. 

A hoodectomy reduces excess tissue of the clitoral hood to improve comfort and sexual function. 

The procedure takes around 30-40 minutes and usually takes 6-8 weeks to heal. 

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What’s the difference between a hoodectomy and labiaplasty?

The difference between a labiaplasty and a hoodectomy is simply the area that’s being operated on. A hoodectomy is not performed as a singular procedure here at MYA, it must be combined with a labiaplasty.

Both a labiaplasty and a hoodectomy can reduce labia discomfort in women. However, a hoodectomy is often performed in addition to labiaplasty surgery to improve the physical appearance of the clitoral hood and increase stimulation of the clitoris.  

Do I need a labiaplasty or a hoodectomy?

If the labia minora and hood are enlarged, it can be uncomfortable to exercise, have sex and wear tight clothing, often causing chafing, rashes, and in extreme cases, infections. 

While the surgery can be performed to improve the aesthetic, a hoodectomy and labiaplasty can improve the health and comfort of your genitalia. 

Some patients concerned about the discomfort or appearance of their labia may only require a labiaplasty procedure, however a hoodectomy can also be required in addition to labiaplasty surgery to achieve the desired outcome. Your surgeon will recommend the best treatment plan for you, following a physical examination.

The best way to find out if a procedure is right for you is by speaking to the experts. 

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Our online consultation allows you to speak to one of the MYA team from the comfort of your own home. The video call format means you can talk about why you’re considering surgery and any issues you’re experiencing regarding your labia or clitoral hood, without having to visit a clinic.

If you decide to go ahead with the surgery, you will meet with our surgeons, nurses, and patient coordinators before booking an operation date. 

We understand that cosmetic surgery can be a life-changing experience, so we encourage you to ask as many questions as you need during the consultation process and after the procedure - no question is a silly question and our team is more than happy to answer them. 

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Can I have a hoodectomy and a labiaplasty?

Yes! Many women choose to combine these cosmetic surgeries to achieve both a neater appearance, as well as increased stimulation. However, a hoodectomy cannot be performed alone it must be combined with labiaplasty surgery.

The clitoral hood can often look bigger after a labia reduction, so, depending on your needs and desired look, this may be recommended by your MYA surgeon. 

Learn more with MYA 

If you’re interested in the surgeries mentioned above and would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact us today. 

To learn more about the procedure and past patients’ experiences, check out our patient stories and forum for first-hand advice and experiences. 

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