Dallas, TX | Hymenoplasty Surgery by Dr. Huertas | CosmeticGyn Center
Hymenoplasty is the reconstruction of the hymen, resulting in the dissolution of any evidence of trauma. The purpose of a hymenoplasty is to repair and reconstruct the hymen, a thin membrane that partially covers the opening to the vagina, to a “pre-sexual” state. The hymen typically tears during the first time a woman has sexual intercourse, and often a small amount of bleeding occurs. Some women unknowingly tear the hymen through activities such as tampon use, horseback riding and other rigorous sports. Some women break their hymen without realizing it. The desire to undergo a hymenoplasty is often fueled by cultural, ethnic or religious motivation, or for individual cases of incest, child abuse or rape. What Happens During Hymenoplasty? Hymenoplasty is usually a simple out-patient procedure that can be done in our clinic under local anesthesia. Any torn skin around the edges of the hymen is gently and neatly cut away, after which the remaining tissue is stitched together, leaving a small opening. This restores the hymenal ring to a normal size and shape. If there is not enough skin to restore the hymen, or if a hymen is nonexistent, the surgeon may create one, using either some of the body’s own thin vaginal skin (vaginal mucosa) or a synthetic tissue. A small blood supply may be added, either artificial or the patient’s own taken from a piece of vaginal flap, thus simulating the traditional bleeding upon subsequent penetration. What is the Recovery Time? The surgery can be expected to take anywhere from one to two hours depending on the amount of repair needed. Though this is a clinical procedure with no hospital stay necessary, and women may return to work the next day, strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided. During the first 48 to 72 hours, there may be some slight bleeding, but this is perfectly normal. Full healing takes approximately six weeks. There will be no visible signs of surgery and it will be impossible to tell the difference between a natural hymen and a reconstructed one. At this time, the reconstruction process will be complete and all the sensations associated with virginal, first time sex may be experienced.