What is Hymenoplasty?

The hymen is a small tissue that covers the vaginal opening, and it can be broken due to tampon usage, horseback riding, bike riding, sexual intercourse, or various other means. Traditionally, it was assumed that the hymen ensured or determined a woman’s “purity,” but the hymen can be broken for various reasons other than intercourse. Hymenoplasty is a procedure that repairs or recreates the small hymen tissue within the vagina.

Reasons to Consider a Hymenoplasty

It’s worth noting that the hymen doesn’t indicate “purity,” and whether your hymen is broken doesn’t and shouldn’t carry any moral connotations. Having said that, women often opt for hymenoplasty for the following reasons:

  • In some cultures, women prefer having their hymen intact before marriage.
  • Some women opt for a hymenoplasty after rape or sexual assault — it can serve as a coping mechanism, reversing the physical trace of the assault.
  • Other personal or religious reasons.

Dr. Bonni’s Hymenoplasty Procedure

Hymenoplasty is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. Dr. Bonni prefers using local anesthesia because it numbs the region, ensuring comfort while keeping you conscious during the procedure. If you’re feeling anxious, the surgeon can also offer oral sedation to alleviate the stress and mental anxieties. Hymenoplasty with local anesthesia is also faster than general anesthesia. The in-office hymenoplasty procedure concludes within 1 to 2 hours.

Dr. Bonni will stitch the torn pieces of skin around the hymen together, leaving a small hole, thereby repairing the hymen. If there’s insufficient skin in the region, he might use skin tissues from the surrounding regions to create a new hymen and then reconfigure blood supply to the hymen to facilitate bleeding during intercourse. The procedure leaves no traces, i.e., there’s no way to tell if the hymen has been reconstructed.

Recovering from Your Hymenoplasty

Hymenoplasty is a simple procedure with little-to-no downtime. Most women can resume their daily activities within a day or two, though you should listen to your body’s demands. You might notice bleeding during the first 48 hours, but that’s perfectly normal. Although you can resume work in a day or two, the overall recovery process lasts about six weeks. As such, you should abstain from sex and strenuous workouts for at least six weeks.

Risks of Hymenoplasty

Hymenoplasty is an extremely safe procedure with a negligible risk of side-effects or complications. Besides the moderate levels of bleeding for the first 48 hours, you shouldn’t experience any other side effects. However, like all surgeries, there’s an incredibly small risk of infections or severe bleeding, the likelihood of which is managed with antibiotics. If you experience heavy bleeding, please contact Dr. Bonni for a follow-up. Dr. Bonni takes all necessary precautions to ensure a smooth and effortless recovery.

Why Choose Dr. Bonni?

Dr. Bonni is a double board-certified female cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in cutting-edge cosmetic surgical techniques. He completed a fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, followed by another fellowship in General Cosmetic Surgery at Newport Beach Center for Surgery. As such, he’s one of LA’s leading women’s health and cosmetic surgery doctors.

Dr. Bonni also curates each treatment according to his patients’ specific goals and concerns. During your comprehensive consultation, he discusses the reasons you’d like a hymenoplasty, your expectations, medication usage, health history, and other factors to curate the ideal surgery plan. His considered and curated approach ensures optimal results without harsh side effects or complications. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonni to discuss your hymenoplasty options.