In many countries, there is not much openly spoken about when it comes to hymenoplasty. It is often considered a taboo topic. However, hymenoplasty is nothing to be ashamed of and individuals who want to consider the procedure can rely on experienced and renowned cosmetologists for the same. Before we deep dive and understand what hymenoplasty is, let’s understand a bit about the hymen. The vaginal opening is surrounded by mucosal tissue or membrane which is referred to as the hymen. It can appear around the vaginal opening and /or partially cover the opening. Historically, the hymen has been associated with the virginity of women. Many religious and cultural believes and myths are connected with this female genital membrane. It was believed that the hymen is a sign of virginity and women should bleed during their first penetrative sex because of the tear on the hymen. However, the fact about the hymen largely differs. Science proves that not all women have a clear hymen and even if they had one, it could tear on its own due to physical activities or strenuous sports. And it is also evident that in many women the hymen can resemble a small hole, be very small in appearance or not have a hymen at all.

What is Hymenoplasty?

If a woman would wish to have her hymen restored for physical, cultural or psychological reasons, she can definitely go ahead with a hymenoplasty. Also known as hymen restoration surgery, the procedure aims at restructuring a ruptured hymen or reconstructing a hymen with dissolvable sutures. The procedure is usually performed on local anesthesia and as an outpatient procedure. The new hymen will function as effectively as a natural hymen. Hymenoplasty surgery or hymen repair is a safe and routinely performed procedure required to be done by experienced cosmetologists.

How does one know whether to consider a Hymenoplasty?

Any woman can consider a hymenoplasty for the below reasons:

  • Blocked hymen – Individuals with this condition can have problems with normal menstrual flow and can suffer pain and other symptoms. A small opening is made in the hymen to correct the condition
  • Septate Hymen – This is a condition where the structure of the hymen has extra tissues and makes it difficult to insert a tampon or have sex without pain
  • Tightening of the vaginal muscles – there can be changes in the vagina after childbirth or age and hymenoplasty can help to a certain extent
  • Personal reasons – If an individual wants to have a ruptured hymen back in place for personal and cultural reasons, a hymenoplasty procedure can be considered

How is Hymenoplasty or Hymen Restoration Surgery performed?

Hymenoplasty is a procedure in which the surgeon will create a hymen with vaginal tissues or synthetic tissues in such a way only a small opening exists. It is a simple procedure and does not require a long hospital stay. In fact, the procedure takes less than or around an hour and patients can go home after observation post-procedure.

Hymen repair is also done as part of hymenoplasty. Patients must consider a trusted and experienced surgeon for the best results. There is no need to fear a hymenoplasty. It is important to choose the right doctor and clinic, this would ensure a seamless experience. The procedure is believed to guarantee a 98% success rate.

The advantages of a successful hymenoplasty are both physical and emotional. Patients feel good to have restored their hymen and to ensure a happy sexual life.

What are the required pre and post procedural care?

Pre-procedural care to be followed:

  • Smoking and alcohol should be avoided 3 weeks before the procedure
  • Medications such as aspirin and Ibuprofen must be avoided 14 days prior the surgery
  • Sitz bath is advised the day before the surgery, especially after urination and bowel movement
  • It is important to ensure someone to drive the patient home and have a help around for 2 weeks
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing on the day of the surgery and post that

Post procedural care and precautions after hymenoplasty surgery are:

  • Patients will be observed post surgery for one to two hours to ensure there is no abnormal bleeding and difficultly urinating
  • Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and laxative medications would be prescribed based on the need
  • It is advised not to take a shower for the first 2 days after the surgery
  • For 3 days, the patient will be required to take good rest to enable easy recovery and healing
  • Smoking, alcohol, and salty food is to be avoided for better healing
  • Regular wipe of the surgical area with a water-based wipe is advised
  • In 4 to 6 weeks, patients would recover completely with appropriate post-procedural care
  • In 8 weeks time, normal activities can be restored and light-weight lifting can be done
  • Avoid intercourse for 6-8 weeks after the procedure

The suture used for the procedure usually dissolves in 6 to 8 weeks on its own and there is no need for suture removal. In case of any irritation and itching, it is advised to consult th doctor for anti-histamine medication.

How long does Hymenoplasty last?

The results from a hymenoplasty will last until the person has the first sexual intercourse.

How much does a Hymen Repair Surgery Cost in India?

Hymenoplasty or hymen restoration procedure can cost anywhere between INR 15k to 25k in government hospitals and in private hospitals of tier 1 cities, it can cost above 50k. Hymen repair in Chennai can cost between INR 40k to 60k. Chennai is one of the leading cities in the country for the procedure. Hymenoplasty in Chennai can be successfully done under the guidance of qualified care providers. It is important for the patients to ensure a thorough consultation and understanding of the procedure. A board-certified doctor with past experience in hymenoplasty must be considered for the treatment.

Is Hymenoplasty surgery painful?

The surgery is painless since it is done under the administration of local anesthesia. The pain post-surgery is manageable with medications. Patients usually do not complain of pain to a great extent. However, other side effects such as itching could be common.

Can Hymen repair by itself?

The hymen is a fleshy tissue and does not repair by itself. Once stretched or ruptured, it would not be able to go back to its original form. The cases of hymen stretching or opening is higher among women athletes. Once the hymen changes in structure, it will not naturally be restored on its own.

Is it possible to have a Hymen restoration without surgery?

It is not possible to restore or reshape the hymen without surgery. Surgical treatments are the only solution for reconstructing or getting the hymen back in form.

What are the common side effects of Hymenoplasty?

The common side-effects of Hymenoplasty are itching, pain in the surgical site, abnormal vaginal discharge sometimes with a foul smell and inflammation. In rare cases, there can also be abnormal bleeding.

Most of the symptoms can be easily managed and would subside on their own.

Hymenoplasty Before and After

Patients often find renewed happiness and confidence after a hymen repair procedure.

How to choose the right doctor for Hymenoplasty?

A hymenoplasty can be done by a gynecology surgeon or a cosmetic surgeon. Patients must ensure that they feel comfortable with the doctor and develop a sense of trust and confidence. The doctor must ensure care and expertise with the procedure. Patients must choose a doctor based on past reviews for hymenoplasty. If a patient prefers a female doctor and supporting staff, that must be communicated to the doctor.

Are Hymenoplasty procedures common in India?

Women were earlier apprehensive of undergoing hymenoplasty or any female genital correction procedures. More so, because of the taboo and societal fears associated with it. Howvere, in recent years there has been an increase of 30 percent in hymenoplasty procedures in India. Many other countries are also witnessing an increase in the number of procedures and more transparency and acceptance of the same. Women are more confident and open about their cosmetic needs more than before. It is important to consult a doctor if hymen repair is required, for medical or personal reasons. There is no need to suffer in silence when it can be corrected and the person can be confident about themselves.

How equipped is Tamira for Hymenoplasty?

At Tamira, we ensure that every patient first feels comfortable discussing the condition and treatment options that are available. Great attention is given to the patients’ needs and requirements with the procedure. We have only board-certified doctors who come with many years of specialized training and experience to ensure the success of the procedure. Tamira, is also a NABH accredited clinic which implies that we have a world-class facility and most modern technological advancements. This will ensure that any critical situation is handled at its best and all patients get the right care. We also ensure that follow-up post-procedure is made easy and patients are given the required support. Hymenoplasty is a procedure that is to be done with great care and precision and at Tamira, we ensure this. We respect that every woman would require privacy, respect and confidentiality about the treatment.

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