When is Hymenoplasty Surgery Needed?
Hymenoplasty surgery is a highly personal decision for a woman. It is often undertaken due to cultural, religious, or social traditions. The surgery restores the body’s natural tissue that separates the lower and upper vagina. With a hymenoplasty surgery, the hymen is carefully and expertly repaired or re-created.
Board-certified gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Otto Huertas at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX performs hymenoplasty as an outpatient procedure either at a surgical center or within a hospital. He will meet you for a consultation to explain the procedure and answer any questions that you might have.
What to expect during hymenoplasty surgery
When performing a hymenoplasty, Dr. Huertas will often use a local anesthetic or IV sedation. The surgery takes less than an hour to complete. Dr. Huertas will stitch the hymen using dissolvable stitches at the opening of the vagina. If there is not enough tissue to successfully reconstruct the hymen, then the lining of the vagina is used to reconstruct the area, which can make the procedure take longer. Dr. Huertas will perform a pelvic exam to determine the type of hymenoplasty that you’ll need to undergo.
Following hymenoplasty, you can recover at home and resume normal activities a few days after surgery. Most patients experience bruising and swelling in the area. There is also some pain and discomfort for a few days in the surgical area. You must avoid sexual activity for at least six weeks following a hymenoplasty. Dr. Huertas encourages patients to adhere to post-operation instructions to avoid possible infection.
If you experience discomfort following the procedure, you can take oral pain medication. You’ll be able to return to work within a day or two. However, you should avoid exercise such as running or jogging for at least four weeks. Also, you should avoid heavy lifting.
After hymenoplasty surgery, when a woman engages in sexual activity, the reassembled hymen will tear and bleed when vaginally penetrated.
Many women are concerned that the scarring from the hymenoplasty surgery will be visible. However, after the stitches dissolve, the scarring is virtually undetectable.
The results of a hymenoplasty are natural. The hymen membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening is restored. The surgery helps restore a woman’s physical body.
Hymenoplasty surgery is considered safe, but as with all surgeries, there are risks. Dr. Huertas at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX outlines any risks that you might face from the surgery and goes over post-operative care to ensure successful healing of the area.
Dr. Huertas and his team respect a woman’s privacy and will strive to address any concerns that you might have about hymenoplasty surgery.
Schedule a hymenoplasty consultation in Dallas, TX
We invite you to schedule a hymenoplasty consultation with Dr. Otto Huertas at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX. He will listen to your goals and concerns while answering any questions that you might have. Dr. Huertas will also carry out a pelvic exam to let you know what you can expect from hymenoplasty surgery. We encourage you to contact us today with any questions that you might have.