At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we fully understand the sensitive nature of hymen repair surgery, and the importance that this surgery can mean in a woman’s life. More and more women are opting for hymen repair surgery for a variety of reasons, some seek the procedure in order to satisfy religious and cultural beliefs, for some women hymen repair can offer psychological and emotional relief following sexual abuse or trauma, and for others hymen repair is sought out in order to repair an injured hymen due to other factors besides intercourse. Whatever your reason, you should not feel alone or uncomfortable in your choice to have hymen repair surgery.
If you are seeking the procedure for religious or cultural beliefs, with absolute discretion and confidentiality, we can repair the hymen to ensure the hymen will rupture on your matrimonial night. Hymen repair surgery can make you feel more comfortable upon your wedding night and improve your self-confidence.
The hymen is a thin layer of tissue that encloses the vaginal area. The hymen can easily break in many situations outside of intercourse, including vigorous activities such as horseback riding or gymnastics, the insertion of tampons, or even during regular pap smears. Many women may not even be aware that their hymen has torn, as there may be little to no blood loss and no pain.
Hymen repair surgery, also known as hymenoplasty, is a simple procedure that will repair a torn hymen or build a hymen that is not present. It is important to understand that the surgery will not restore virginity, but it will allow for women to tear and bleed the first time they engage in intercourse after surgery.
Six weeks after surgery, your hymen will be healed and restored. The first time most of our hymen repair patients engage in intercourse following the surgery, the hymen will break as expected with a natural hymen. There are usually no signs of having had a hymen repair surgery, and our patients are fully able to fulfill the cultural or religious expectations of their family and future husband.
It is important to understand that the bleeding associated with the tearing of the surgically produced hymen is just as unpredictable as it is with a natural hymen.
The best hymenoplasty candidates are women who are in good health and who feel strongly about having their hymen repaired. Typically the hymen does not need to be repaired for any broader health purposes. Hymenoplasty patients should also have realistic expectations of what the procedure can offer them. Hymen repair will satisfy religious and/or cultural expectations when it comes to intercourse, and can offer psychological and emotional support for sexual abuse victims, but hymen repair will not make you a virgin again, in these circumstances it can only give the illusion of virginity.
For those patients who need to ensure that their hymen is intact during intercourse on their matrimonial night. The surgery needs to be performed at least 6 weeks prior to the matrimonial night. If the breaking of your hymen is imperative for you due to social, cultural, religious or personal reasons, your plastic surgeon will discuss the surgery openly and honestly with you.
If you are considering this sensitive surgery, you should feel absolutely confident in all aspects of the surgery. Many women find discussing the nature of this surgery to be difficult. At the Plastic Surgery Clinic we are aware of the sensitive nature of your concerns. This is why we treat all of our hymen repair patients with kindness, consideration and dignity.
Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with plastic surgery providers Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin. During your consultation they will be there to listen to all your questions and concerns, they will speak openly to you about the reasons for which you are having the surgery, and they will be able to walk you through all the details of your procedure.
We are also happy to ensure that a female nurse is present for you during your consultation if you wish.
Your surgeon and patient coordinator will outline ways in which to prepare for your hymen repair surgery from how to prepare for your recovery to guidelines on what steps to take to be fully ready for the procedure. You will also require a gynecological examination prior to your hymen repair surgery.
Hymen repair surgery is performed by one of our expert surgeons Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin at our state-of-the-art clinic in Mississauga. Our facility meets and exceeds medical standards when it comes to equipment, sanitation, infection control, as well as nursing and medical staff.
Our doctors also have privileges at The Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga as well as at the University Health Network and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, should you require that your surgery be performed at a hospital.
No matter where your surgery is performed you can be confident that you will be in the best hands and that you will be met with the highest standards of medical care prior to your surgery, during your procedure, and as you recover.
You will be able to go home the same day as your procedure, and although you can return to work the day following your hymen repair surgery we advise that you also take things slow and give yourself time to rest in order to allow your body to heal.
Following your hymen repair surgery you will need to gently wash the area with soap and water regularly. There will be slight swelling and bruising for 2-4 weeks, but pain should be very minimal and should be gone within a week of surgery. You will receive a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics to assist with any pain and to prevent infection.
If you are having hymen repair surgery prior to your wedding, you should refrain from any vaginal insertion until the wedding night, including tampons. This will allow the incisions to heal completely and prevent the new hymen from breaking. You should also avoid, wearing tight underwear (such as thongs), heavy lifting and any strenuous activities as this may negatively affect your healing. The sutures will dissolve and come out on their own.
You should be able to resume a light exercise routine one week after surgery. Avoid heavy lifting or a strenuous exercise routine for 4-6 weeks.
Every operation has risks and potential complications. Fortunately, the vast majority of our Toronto and Mississauga hymenoplasty patients have no problems with their surgery and are extremely happy with their results.
Risks are rare but when they do occur additional medications or even surgery may be required. Such risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, pain with intercourse, and deformity. Also, the amount of bleeding upon first intercourse following surgery cannot be predicted. However, most patients never experience these risks, as they are quite rare.
Hymen repair surgery typically takes less than one hour, and you can expect to be placed under local sedation. In women who have a torn hymen, your surgeon, a hymen repair specialist, will use self-dissolving stitches in order to stitch together the remaining pieces. This will allow the hymen to grow back together as it heals.
In women who have no remnants of the hymen remaining or have been born without a hymen, your surgeon will tighten the vaginal entrance and use a small portion of the vaginal tissue to create a new hymen. This constructed hymen is very similar to the natural hymen.
Hymen repair is not considered a permanent surgery. Hymen repair will last until your hymen is broken again, usually naturally when you engage in intercourse for the first time after your procedure. If you do not engage in intercourse following your procedure your hymen should remain intact until you do so, unless it breaks due to vigorous activities, early vaginal insertion, or other unforeseen reasons, all of which are typically rare in occurrence.
The complexity of any surgery varies from patient to patient, which is why the cost of hymen repair surgery can only be determined once you have had a consultation and physical examination with one of our expert surgeons Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin.
We offer free consultations as we don’t want you to feel any obligation to commit to surgery with us, and if you need more time to think about it and come back to talk to us again, you are more than welcome to come back for another consultation. Once you have had a consultation we will be able to give you a firm quote for your hymen repair procedure.
At The Plastic Surgery clinic we understand the sensitivity and discretion with which to treat hymen repair. For many women this surgery may be necessary for various personal or religious reasons, but it is not usually covered by provincial health care plans and may seem out of their price range. Our priority is our patients’ well-being, and this includes relieving pre-surgery and financial stress. This is why we have financing options available to reduce the anxiety associated with cost, and to make this surgery achievable and affordable. At our clinic you can relax; you’re in good hands.
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