Hymenoplasty, a medical term for hymen repair surgery, is a procedure of reconstructing the thin skin membrane made of elastic and fibrous tissue known as the hymen. Colloquially termed as revirgination, the purpose of hymenoplasty is to reconstruct the hymen, which often gets torn during first intercourse, may also happen after injury or extensive exercise without intercourse(e.g. Cycling, gymnastics)
How is hymenoplasty performed?
In this surgery, the edges of the torn hymen are stitched together in layers. The tissues involved gradually grow back and take the appearance of a natural hymen. In some cases, the vaginal walls are also tightened for achieving a virgin-like form. The process typically takes around 30-40minutes and the area is coated with antibiotic ointment so that it heals within a short span of time. At times, there are no hymenal remnants, or the available parts cannot be used. In such a situation, the procedure can be done with help of vaginal mucosal tissue.
What are the benefits of hymenoplasty?
This aesthetic surgery brings a host of benefits which may include making the first night of courtship special by regaining that symbol of virginity. In some cultures as well as religious communities, a high value is imposed on virginity before marriage. They consider hymen to be a proof of sexual status, rupture of the same can bring about a social disaster. In such situations, hymenoplasty can come to the rescue.
Who is a good candidate for hymenoplasty?
Women who are healthy enough and have realistic expectations about the surgery are the best candidates for hymenoplasty.Those who have hymenal remnants are more likely to have natural hymen post surgery.
How long does it take it recover from hymenoplasty?
In most cases, patients can return to their usual routines the day following the surgery. But it is crucial to avoid strenuous work or exercise. If you have undergone dissolvable suture, then there is no need to remove it. Regardless of the type of stitch, it is mandatory to attend to the follow-up visit to ensure a safe and effective healing of the hymen. One must wait at least 3 to 4 weeks before indulging in sexual intercourse.