Hymenoplasty: What is Hymen Reconstruction?
Some women are interested in hymenoplasty, reconstruction of the hymen. At the Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio (formally Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of San Antonio), Dr. Troy Robbin Hailparn has been trained in hymen reconstruction and is an hymenoplasty surgeon. She received specialty training in 2003 in hymen reconstruction and laser hymenoplasty. We know that having cosmetic gynecology surgery is a very private decision. We maintain a strict non-disclosure policy for your privacy and protection.
What is Hymenoplasty?
Hymen reconstruction surgery, also known as hymen surgery, hymenoplasty surgery or hymen restoration, is the surgical repair of the hymen. Using a surgical technique, the torn edges of the hymen are put back together. If done correctly, to the visible eye, there is no apparent scarring and the hymen appears intact. After this type of hymen surgery and without complication, subsequent intercourse will typically tear the membrane causing pain and bleeding.
Details of Hymenoplasty Operation
The hymenoplasty is usually a 30-45 minute procedure and can be done in an out-patient surgery center or in-office using general or local anesthesia. The doctor uses dissolvable stitches to reconnect the skin membrane that once partially covered the opening to the vagina. After the hymenoplasty operation, the patient can return to work in a day or two and complete healing takes approximately 6-8 weeks.
Why Some Women Desire Reconstruction of the Hymen, Hymen Repair
There are several reasons why women request a hymenoplasty procedure. These include:
- Cultural or religious reasons: In some cultures, a woman is physically inspected to make sure the hymen is intact (a sign she is a virgin).
- As part of the rape, incest, sexual abuse healing process: Some women view this as a way to empower themselves and symbolically restore something that was taken from them.
- Injury to the hymen prior to marriage: Tampon use, vigorous exercise or sexual intercourse can cause a hymen to rupture.
- Revirginization: Women who want to give their partner a unique gift.
Whether a hymen was ruptured by sexual intercourse or by physical strain, if you desire hymen repair, then hymenoplasty may be a good option for you. (Patient discusses desire for hymen repair. Watch hymenoplasty video.)
For more information on hymen reconstruction, hymenoplasty costs and/or to schedule a consultation, you can email or call the Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio at 210-615-6646.