What is Hymenoplasty?
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.
What is involved in Hymenoplasty or Hymen Repair?
Hymen repair is a simple operation which involves excision of the torn edges before stitching them with fine dissolvable sutures. It is often performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, but can also be performed under general anesthetic.
This surgery is not particularly invasive. The hymen actually has a secondary layer that will be sown up to cover the torn skin. As it grafts together once more, the hymen will appear intact. Or if for any reason this is not possible then a new hymen can be created from the lip of the vagina.
Are there any risks associated with Hymen Repair?
Hymenoplasty is a relatively safe procedure that tends to carry few risks and side effects. However any operation carries a small risk of infection and prolonged bleeding, as well as those associated with anaesthetic.
Any complication from hymen repair is very rare. Occasionally there is a resulting problem of ‘stricture’ or hymen over-correction. This is where the opening becomes narrowed, meaning that the next act of intercourse will be difficult. However this only very rarely causes problems in the long-term.
What is Vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty is any surgical procedure that results in the construction or reconstruction of the vagina. It is a type of genitoplasty. Pelvic organ prolapse is often treated with one or more surgeries to repair the vagina. Sometimes a vaginoplasty is needed following the treatment or removal of malignant growths or abscesses in order to restore a normal vaginal structure and function. Surgery to the vagina is done to correct congenital defects to the vagina, urethra and rectum.
Vaginoplasty procedures are surgical treatments to enhance vaginal tightness. The vagina is designed to stretch during childbirth, however, some women feel as though their vaginal canal and opening never retract back to its original size and shape. Some women experience vaginal loosening with age and feel uncomfortable wearing tampons or engaging in sexual activity. A vaginoplasty addresses both excess skin and muscle laxity to improve the look and appearance of the vagina. It is common for this surgery to be combined with other vaginal rejuvenation procedures such as a perineoplasty, labiaplasty, or clitoral hood reduction.
The goal of a vaginoplasty is to address sagging vaginal structures, reduced sensation due to multiple vaginal deliveries, vaginal deformations, lack of vaginal strength and tone, problems with incontinence, an unpleasant gaping appearance of the vagina, or unsightly tissue protrusion from the vagina.