Surrounding the vaginal opening, flaps of thick or thin mucous membranes partly covers the vaginal opening. This is called the hymen.
It was believed that hymen is the “symbol” of a woman’s virginity. Hymen is sometimes so thin that it may be torn in many ways. The tissues are generally delicate that many women in their childhood and teens tear or dilate their hymen while doing gymnastics, horseback riding, sports and bicycling, as well as even tampon use.
Some women particularly from Latin America and Middle Eastern cultures are greatly concerned about their virginity and often times seek to restore their “virginity” as it implies chastity. For some women, it is important that their hymen be intact while unmarried due to cultural, religious, social or ethnic reasons. As a result, hymen restoration has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures for women around the world.
General Notes and Precautions
THINGS ABOUT HYMENOPLASTY YOU SHOULD KNOW
Hymenoplasty is a very delicate and meticulous procedure that places the hymen ring and tissues in close proximity to each other. The sections (usually the upper-layer of tissues) that have been torn are removed. After the torn tissues are removed, the remaining edges are stitched together. Doing so recreates a star-shaped hymen ring’. This ring imitates the original hymen structure before it was broken.
The newly formed small ‘ring’ will continue to fuse together over time. Eventually, it will very closely resemble your original hymen.
Hymenoplasty is not a suitable option for women who have vaginally birthed a child. Preferably, women should also never have been pregnant.
The Hymenoplasty procedure may result to incomplete restoration of the hymen ring depending on the women’s former hymen structure. Since some hymen tissues are very thin, sometimes it is not possible to completely fix the hymen ring.
’Restoration’ may be achieved by combining the Hymenoplasty procedure with Perineoplasty to obtain a more satisfactory result by decreasing the wound tension to the thin hymen. Together, these procedures can rejuvenate and re-tighten the relaxed perineum at the same time.
Like any other surgeries, Hymenoplasty has limitations and cannot absolutely ensure results and satisfaction because there are many other factors affecting the surgery’s success.
If correction surgery will be necessary due to the complication of the surgery, some expenses for services and treatment will no longer be charged to you. However, if the complications result from your non-compliance with Dr. Vitasna’s postoperative care instructions, you will be charged accordingly.
BEFORE THE HYMENOPLASTY PROCEDURE
Dr. Vitasna will investigate your health history, conduct a general and internal assessment. In case you have vaginal fungal or bacterial infection, you should completely treat it before the procedure to avoid further infection.
Hymenoplasty is not advisable for women with immunodeficiency. In addition, you must not become pregnant nor plan to become pregnant in the next 3 months despite no research about the disadvantage to the pregnancy and the newborn. In case of existing diseases or drug hypersensitivity, please inform Dr. Vitasna or the staff before the procedure.
Dr. Vitasna will educate you with the methods, processes of the procedure and some potential postoperative complications prior to decision-making.
The important preparations you should know before the surgery are that within 2-3 day after the surgery you should take a rest (refrain from work) and be still to enable the wound to heal faster, and have a less movement as possible to avoid wound disruption for 1 week after the surgery. You should refrain from some types of exercise affecting pelvic muscle movement and sexual intercourse for 8 weeks after the surgery.
Hymenoplasty is one of the most complex and meticulous cosmetic surgeries performed today. It requires extensive experience, precision, and accuracy to create the optimal results you desire and deserve. Many surgeons have little to no experience with this type of advanced cosmetic surgery. You should research and be conscious of the surgeon’s educational background, training, and practical experience.