The hymen is a thin membrane that partially covers a woman’s vaginal opening. It is widely believed that the hymen only breaks when a woman first has sexual intercourse, but the hymen may be disrupted by tampons, certain sports, or a woman may naturally have no hymen. For patients who want their hymen restored for cultural or personal reasons, Dr. Aimee Nguyen, a cosmetic vaginal surgeon serving Frisco, Plano, Allen & McKinney, can perform a hymenoplasty. A hymenoplasty, or hymen reconstruction surgery, will repair the torn edges of the membrane so the hymen will rupture and bleed during the next penetration.
"I am very pleased with the results of my surgery. Dr. Nguyen was thorough with her diagnosis and corrected several problems for me. She was professional in all our interactions and attentive to my needs. I found her to be a caring and concerned surgeon."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"I can say go for it! This has made all the difference in my life. No more leaks, no more not making it to the restroom with out an oops!! Dr. Aimee Nguyen is awesome!"- SB / Office Visit / Jul 12, 2016
"She was great, explained everything very well. loved her."- JK / Office Visit / Oct 20, 2016
"Everyone has been very kind, knowledgeable and professional. I am very pleased with my surgical results. I will readily recommend Dr. Nguyen and her staff to others. Thank you!"- mt / Office Visit / Sep 29, 2016
"Overall experience with Dr. Nguyen and staff were outstanding!! No fears, she will take good care of you! :)"- CW / Office Visit / Jun 09, 2016
Hymenoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure with a light sedation, sometimes known as twilight sedation. The procedure usually takes less than an hour as Dr. Nguyen finds the edges of the broken hymen and stitches it back together with dissolvable stitches so the hymen is again partially covering the vaginal opening. If there is not enough tissue to reconstruct the hymen, a new hymen can be created from the lining of the vagina, but this is a more complicated and expensive procedure. Dr. Nguyen will assess the vagina and the hymen and make a decision based on her examination.
After the procedure, most patients will be able to recover at home with post-operative instructions from Dr. Nguyen. Patients may have mild discomfort that can be treated with oral pain medication. Most patients return to work and light activity within 1-2 days. Heavy lifting and exercise, especially running and jogging, should be avoided for the first 4 weeks. Patients should not engage in sexual activity for at least 6 weeks after the procedure to allow proper healing.
What to Expect
After a successful hymenoplasty and recovery period, the hymen will tear and bleed during a woman’s next vaginal penetration. The stitches will dissolve over time and the incision scar will not be visible. Woman should avoid using tampons, cycling, and other activities that may disrupt the hymen.
A hymenoplasty costs between $5,000 - $9,000, which includes the surgery, anesthesia, facility fee, and all pre and post-operative appointments. The procedure is usually not covered by insurance.
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- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $9,000
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A hymenoplasty will restore the hymen so it will break and bleed after the next penetration. While an intact hymen is considered a sign that a woman is a virgin or has not had sex, it does not negate or erase previous sexual intercourse.
The risks commonly associated with a hymenoplasty are bruising, swelling, discomfort, and numbness. In every surgery, there is a risk of infection, but it is very low. Patients should follow all pre and post-operative instructions from Dr. Nguyen to minimize their risk.
The reasons for a hymenoplasty are varied and personal. Some cultures and religions require women to have an intact hymen as proof of their virginity before they are allowed to marry. Some women have their hymen repaired to help them physically and emotionally heal after a sexual assault. Whatever the reason, Dr. Nguyen treats all her patients with sensitivity and keeps all medical records confidential.