HymenoplastyA hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure in which a woman's hymen is reconstructed. The hymen is a thin membrane that partially blocks the vaginal entrance. An intact hymen is associated with virginity, since if it is intact when a women first has intercourse, it will tear and sometimes bleed. However, the hymen can be torn under other circumstances, including exercise, tampon use, and horseback riding.
During a hymenoplasty, the remnants of the hymen are treated by removing the top layer of tissue, then are sewn together. Because the top skin layer has been removed, the treated edges adhere to each other during healing, creating a fully restored hymen.
After the restoration, sexual intercourse will tear the reconstructed tissue, causing pain and possible bleeding, but healing will occur just as with a natural hymen.
Who Is A Candidate For Hymenoplasty?
Hymenoplasties are most often performed for religious, societal or cultural regions. In some cultures, women can actually find their lives in danger if they are found not to have an intact hymen on their wedding night, regardless of how the hymen was initially ruptured. For these women, a hymenoplasty is more than a simple cosmetic procedure.
Other women consider hymenoplasty because their first sexual experience was unpleasant, or occurred against their will. If a woman's first sexual experience was forced, a hymenoplasty can give her back a choice that was taken from her. Some women undergo the procedure because they want to experience a "first time" with a long-term partner. However, most cosmetic surgeons will not perform a hymenoplasty for a women who has already given birth.
Because the reasons for considering a hymenoplasty are intensely personal, Dr. Otto J. Placik and his staff at Associated Plastic Surgeons, S.C. will keep all consultations under strictest confidence.
The ProcedureYou should expect some swelling and discomfort following the procedure. Following discharge from hospital you will be taken back home if you live locally, or your hotel to begin your recovery period. You will have sutures that may need to be removed if they are not dissolvable. Your surgeon will advise you about this also. Most patients notice a significant improvement in the bruising and swelling after the first two weeks but it can take some time for everything to settle completely. You will want to book about 1 to 2 weeks off work.
What To Consider Beforehand ?
Most surgeons only perform hymenoplasty (hymen repair) at the request of someone who needs the surgery for ethnic, cultural, or religious reasons. Also, most surgeons will not perform hymenoplasty surgery in a woman who has given birth.
Duration of ResultsThe results are permanent. The hymen is reconstructed to its original state before tearing, creating the 'Born Again Virgin'.
How Long Is The Recovery Time?
The surgical procedure for a hymenoplasty is relatively simple. It can be performed under local anesthetic with no hospitalization, and you can return to most of your regular activities the next day. Your doctor uses dissolvable stitches in the reconstruction process, and the risk of infection or fever is minimal. The recovery time, however, is six to eight weeks, during which time you cannot engage in sexual activity, exercise rigorously, or use a tampon or a douche in order to avoid disrupting the healing process.
General RisksAfter the surgery, the genital area will be swollen and painful and therefore likely that you will be unable to have sexual intercourse for six weeks. There is also the risk of infection, permanent colour change and loss of sensation.
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