Does hymenoplasty leave scars inside or outside the vagina? Can a doctor detect it? Even after marriage and sex?

Is hymenoplasty detectable? Does ut leave scars?

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Does hymenoplasty leave scars inside or outside the vagina?

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the hymen is primarily a mucosal structure. Mucosa heels with little to no overt evidence of previous trauma. Therefore, a hymenoplasty typically leaves little to no scar. It would be very difficult, or even impossible, to  be able to  tell that hymenoplasty  has been done..

Hymenoplasty leaves no visible scars

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Once it's healed and the stitches have dissolved, a properly performed hymenoplasty will leave no visible scars. This takes 6-8 weeks. Not even a gynecologist will be able to tell.

Hymenoplasty questions....

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It depends on the technique, and what and when you will need to either bleed, or be tightened, etc. If your goal is to bleed on your wedding nogt, and no-one will be looking closely, a procedure which is designed to produce a bridge of tissue across the hymenal opening does leave come scarring & may be detected by a close inspection prior to intimacy, while a localized "tightening" procedure for the hymenal opening, where the surgeon "buries" all his/her incisioin lines behind the hymen within the vagina will usually escape detection.

It is important to communicate with your surgeon: exactly when is your wedding? Who will be looking, and exactly how & when.  Different docs effecting a hymenal repair have different techniques. I'd advise seeing a surgaon who performs different procedures for different situations. A "repair" that wll be "tested" in 1 month may be performd differently than one where the wedding is in 3 months.

As for detection after having sex-- no, there is little liklihood that any previous hymenal repair will be able to be detected after sex- even by a doc doing a vaginal exam.

Good Luck!

Michael P GoodmanMD

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Hymenoplasty detection

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The tissue of the hymen is similar to the inside of the mouth in that it typically heals imperceptible scars. It may still be possible for a hymenoplasty specialist to detect a hymen repair if s/he is looking for it on exam. However it would be challenging for her/him to be 100% conclusive. Glad to help. 

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