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Hymenoplasty, or hymen repair, is a treatment for torn hymen.

Repair of a torn hymen may be performed for a variety of personal reasons, including for religious or cultural conformity.

Is Hymenoplasty For You?

The hymen is a thin membrane of tissue, typically in the shape of a crescent, that partially surrounds the bottom of the external opening of the vagina.

In some women, the hymen only partially covers the opening, while in others, it almost completely obscures the opening. Some women are even born with no hymen at all. Contrary to popular belief, the hymen does not "break" or "tear," but is merely stretched by everyday activities including, but not limited to tampon use, walking, and yes, sexual intercourse.

However, because women in some cultures believe an intact hymen to be a sign of virtue, many of them seek out hymenoplasty to restore the hymen to its original state. Other women have this procedure simply for personal reasons, to enhance their intimate area, sometimes with other procedures such as labiaplasty or vaginal tightening.

Hymenoplasty can be a sensitive subject for many women. Rest assured that the Harley Street Surgery staff respects and strives to protect your privacy, and keeps all details of this—and any procedure you have at our clinic—strictly confidential.

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What to Expect

The outpatient surgery will take about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the patient’s needs.

During the procedure, the Surgeon will suture the edges of the hymen tissue together, without completely obscuring the vaginal opening. After suturing, the hymen tissue will grow together as it heals.

You may also experience some vaginal tightening as a result of the hymenoplasty.

After the surgery, you will be in the recovery room where you will monitored by the nurses, and then you'll be able to go home once the doctor has cleared you.

Hymenoplasty is a safe procedure that presents few risks.

You should expect some discomfort, swelling, and a little bleeding for a few days following the surgery.

You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as a topical antibiotic to ward off infection.

While recovering, sitting in Epsom salt baths two or three times a week will promote faster healing, and will be very soothing.

You'll need to avoid swimming, using tampons, and wearing thong underwear for at least 4 weeks after surgery.

You'll also need to abstain from sexual intercourse for at least 4 – 6 weeks after the procedure.

You should be able to return to work the day after surgery

Full recovery can take up to 6 weeks.

Your first follow-up will be scheduled two to three weeks after the surgery.

Harley Street Surgery of London has been on the forefront of medical and surgical innovation. We continuously offer patients the most cutting edge techniques in medical treatment. If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from this treatment, please contact our office for a private consultation appointment.

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