Hymen repair & Hymenoplasty in London
Hymen repair or hymen reconstruction is a surgical procedure for repairing the delicate hymen membrane. The term hymenorrhaphy or hymenoplasty is used for surgical restoration of the hymen. In the present era apart from traditional requirements, women have various reasons for restoring their so-called ‘virginity’. Even though it is a controversial issue in many countries around the world, hymen reconstruction is now becoming a popular trend. In many cultures, the hymen is considered a woman’s symbol of virginity implying chastity treasured for her wedding night. It is accepted that the hymen is commonly known to tear during sexual intercourse, however, the thin tissue can also tear during sporting activities such as horse riding and gymnastics and even the use of tampons. Although not discussed much, hymen reconstruction is a commonly requested treatment by many women whether it be for cultural or religious reasons. The procedure involves restoration of the hymen to its original form.
At Centre for Surgery, hymenoplasty and hymen repair is performed by Dr Paraskevi Dimitriadi – female aesthetic gynaecologist. Dr Dimitriadi is an accredited specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is on the GMC specialist register.
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Dr Paraskevi Dimitriadi
Dr Paraskevi Dimitriadi is a specialist aesthetic gynaecologist and has trained at some of the world’s leading hospitals in all aspects of gynaecology. Dr Dimitriadi continues to practice in a major London teaching hospital. She takes an active interest in research into aesthetic gynaecology and lectures both nationally and internationally on a range of topics in aesthetic gynaecology. She is a full member of the European Society of Aesthetic Gynaecology (ESAG).
Dr Dimitriadi is known for her caring, patient-centred approach, supporting all her patients and she always strives to optimise patient outcomes at stages of the patient journey.
Why choose Centre for Surgery for your hymen repair procedure?
- All-female team for your consultation, procedure and aftercare – Dr Paraskevi has hand picked a highly skilled team of specialist female nurses.
- Over 15 years experience in all types of hymen repair
- We own and manage our own surgical facilities. Properly performed hymen repair takes time and should not be rushed. Our surgeons perform a maximum of two hymenoplasty procedures in a day. We do not cram 5-6 procedures into one day like other providers. You want your surgeon to be well-rested and mentally and physically sharp to perform hymenoplasty to get the very best results.
- Our surgeons live and work in London. We don’t work with ‘fly-in, fly-out’ surgeons from Italy. This is very important because whilst your surgeon takes all precautions to minimise complications, complications can and do occur and our surgeons are readily available to manage any issues if and when they arise.
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Benefits of hymenoplasty
Benefits of Hymenoplasty
- Beneficial for women who may have experienced vaginal damage due to sexual intercourse or strenuous physical activities
- Safe and non-invasive procedure
- Absorbent stitched used to reduce scarring
- Able to imitate the original shape of the hymen
Possible Side Effects
- It is not always possible to completely restore the hymen
- Dissolvable sutures may lead to bleeding and blood clot and the surgeon must be informed urgently
- May experience abnormal vaginal discharge and may have to take antibiotics
The appearance of the hymen can and will change with hormonal changes and age; the hymen can become thin and in some instances, near transparent.
Ideal candidates for hymen repair
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with a hymenoplasty.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age. Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
Hymenoplasty is ideal for those who may have torn their hymen either during sexual intercourse or physical sports activities, and wish to restore their hymen, generally for cultural or religious reasons. The procedure is suitable for women who have not experienced a vaginal birth and preferably have not experienced pregnancy yet.
Preparation for Hymen repair
Patients who smoke will be advised to stop for at least 2 weeks before the date of their hymenoplasty procedure. Smoking has detrimental effects on the microcirculation and has been proven to slow the wound healing process. All medications, prescribed and over the counter will be reviewed. Aspirin and aspirin containing medicines should be stopped both before and after surgery. Aspirin and NSAIDS impair the body’s natural clotting process and may cause bleeding complications after surgery. If you require pain relief after surgery, paracetamol is advised.
Whether your procedure is performed under a local or general anaesthetic, it is mandatory to have a responsible adult escort take you home in a car or taxi. You must not travel home on public transport after hymen repair surgery.
Hymen repair procedure
Hymenoplasty is performed meticulously with the patient under local anaesthesia for maximum patient safety. Once the area to be treated is numb, the remaining tissue of the hymen is removed. The edges are then brought together and stitched up forming a small ring that imitates the original hymen.
The hymen is a membrane located across the lower part of the vagina, partially covering the external vaginal opening, and come in different shapes.
The procedure can take up to an hour for completion. The newly formed hymen will resemble the original and will also bleed if torn once again.
Hymenoplasty is performed as a day case, so you will be able to return home after the procedure.
Hymen repair before and after
The patient is discharged on the same day. Oral antibiotics are given for 5 days. The patient is instructed to refrain from penetrative sex or not to carry out activities that can break her newly constructed hymen until the purpose of reconstruction is served.
Recovery after Hymen repair
Recovery can take from one to two days but it may take up to two weeks for the hymen to fully heal. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for 3 to 4 weeks.
The procedure cannot restore the torn hymen but will help reconstruct a new one to imitate the original. The newly formed hymen will closely resemble the original one and may bleed if torn once again.
Hymen repair cost
There are a number of factors which will determine the overall cost of your hymen repair procedure and the final quotation will be given after your face to face consultation with Dr Dimitriadi:
- Hymen repair alone or combined with labiaplasty or vaginoplasty
- Anaesthesia cost – local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic
- Any previous surgery to the female genital area
Why not call 0207 993 4849 and speak to one of our expert patient coordinators who may be able to give you a rough costing prior to your procedure.
Fotona SMOOTH® laser treatment
Centre for Surgery are one of the few providers in the UK to specialise in non-surgical laser treatments for gynaecological concerns. Fotona SMOOTH® laser treatments offer gentle solutions to vaginal problems such as involuntary leakage during coughing and sports activities, loss of vaginal firmness and vaginal dryness and irritation. They are based on a specially engineered, patented laser mode using the award winning SP Dynamis laser that works by delivering gentle heat pulses to the vagina, strengthening and improving the tissue quality through the production of new collagen and elastin. The treatments may perfectly complement a hymen repair procedure:
IntimaLase – vaginal tightening treatment
IncontiLase – stress urinary incontinence treatment
ProlapLase – pelvic organ prolapse treatment
RenovaLase – treatment for genitourinary syndrome of menopause / vaginal atrophy
Fotona SMOOTH® treatments are non-invasive, gentle, painless and quick ambulatory procedures that can also help patients that suffer from more than one type of problem.
Am I a good candidate for hymenoplasty?Schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for hymen repair.
Where is my hymen located?The hymen is a membrane located across the lower part of the vagina, partially covering the external vaginal opening.
How do hymen tear?Hymen is most commonly known to tear during sexual intercourse. However, it is also know to tear if you participate in active sports such as cycling, gymnastics, etc.
Can the procedure restore my hymen?The hymen once torn cannot be restored, however, it can be reconstructed.
How is the hymenoplasty procedure performed?
- The torn tissues are removed
- A star-shaped hymenal ring is created to imitate the original shape of the hymen
- The newly shaped hymen is then stitched up together
How do I prepare for my surgery?Avoid smoking and eat healthily and maintain a programme of physical exercise.
How long does the procedure take?Hymenoplasty can take up to an hour for completion.
What is the recovery period going to be like?It takes around 2 weeks to recover completely following your surgery, but abstain from sexual intercourse for at least 3 months to allow the hymen to fully heal. You may feel intense pain if not fully recovered.
What results can I expect from the procedure?It takes around 2 weeks to recover completely following your surgery, but abstain from sexual intercourse for at least 3 months to allow the hymen to fully heal. You may feel intense pain if not fully recovered.
What are the complications associated with the procedure?There are very few complications involved with hymenoplasty and can be avoided with safe methods. You may experience loss of sensation around the treated area, infection or bleeding but very rare.
Are there any limitations on the results I can achieve?Hymen is a thin tissue, which may make it very difficult to be restored completely to its original size. However, your hymen will still be re-tightened and rejuvenated.
Is the procedure going to be painful?The hymen repair procedure results in minimal discomfort with very little pain.
Will I be left with scars?There will be internal sutures which could possibly leave some minor internal scarring.