Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Hymenoplasty, also known as hymenorrhaphy, is the cosmetic repair, restoration, or construction of a woman’s hymen. Restoration of the hymen is also referred to as revirginization.
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
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).
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
Every procedure involves inherent risks. Although serious complications are extremely rare, Dr. Date educates every hymenoplasty patient about potential risks. Those risks can include, bruising around the surgical sites, infection, bleeding, , and general anaesthesia-related issues.