Hymenoplasty

A hymenoplasty, also known as a hymen restoration or hymen repair, is a plastic surgery procedure to restore the hymen, a membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening.

Hymenoplasty

The Skinny


Average Recovery

1 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$2000 - $5000

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The Specifics


What is a hymenoplasty?

A hymenoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to restore the membrane partially covering the vaginal opening known as the hymen. The hymen is typically a half moon shaped tissue located at the bottom of the vaginal canal, although this varies between women.

The hymen may be broken through tampon use, exercise, or sexual intercourse. A hymenoplasty, also referred to as a hymenorrhaphy or hymen construction surgery, may be performed for religious or cultural reasons, or following a sexual assault.

What cosmetic concerns does a hymenoplasty procedure treat?

  1. Female Sexual Wellness: A hymenoplasty restores the appearance of the hymen through surgical repair.

Who is the ideal candidate for a hymenoplasty procedure?

The ideal candidate for a hymenoplasty procedure is in good health and seeking to restore the hymen. A hymenoplasty is not recommended for women under the age of 18.

What is the average recovery associated with a hymenoplasty procedure?

Most patients experience a week of acute recovery following a hymenoplasty. The majority of candidates return to work within a few days. Individuals are advised to refrain from exercise for two to three weeks, and tampon use and penetrative sexual intercourse for six weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a hymenoplasty procedure?

Possible side effects following a hymenoplasty include infection, tenderness, bleeding, swelling, scarring, and discomfort with future sexual activity.

What can someone expect from the results of a hymenoplasty procedure?

The results of a Hymenoplasty procedure are immediately noticeable following the cosmetic surgery and are permanent. They will be affected by vaginal penetration, which includes sexual intercourse and tampon use. They may also be affected by exercising, especially bike riding. A hymenoplasty does not guarantee bleeding following the first postoperative sexual encounter.

What is the average cost of a hymenoplasty procedure?

A hymenoplasty procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of a hymenoplasty is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

repair vaginal damagerestore hymenimitate hymen

Cons

sexual discomfort

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


A hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure that restores the hymen, a membrane that partially covers the opening of the vagina. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a hymenoplasty procedure.

The Takeaway


A hymenoplasty surgery is a procedure to restore the hymen.

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  1. Sejal A Desai Vaginal rejuvenation: From scalpel to wands PubMed.gov
  2. Otto J Placik Female Genital and Vaginal Plastic Surgery: An Overview pubmed.gov; 2019-08-01
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