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Dr. Placik | Hymen Repair Chicago

The hymen is a thin membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening. In the past, the integrity of a woman’s hymen was used as evidence of her virginity, since the hymen would normally only be broken during her first sexual encounter. However, in this modern age of vigorous exercise and tampons, the hymen may be broken for a number of non-sexual reasons.

Hymen repair, reconstruction or restoration, also known as hymenoplasty or hymenorrhaphy, can restore the hymen to an unbroken state. This procedure can be performed out of respect for religious or cultural influences, or for personal reasons. It’s not uncommon to incorporate hymen repair along with other vaginal rejuvenation procedures.

Dr. Otto Placik is a female genital rejuvenation specialist serving Chicago and its suburbs. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Placik understands the significance that hymen repair and reconstruction can represent, and has helped women feel whole and confident again.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on hymen repair and reconstruction, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


About Hymen Repair and Reconstruction

Virginity used to be the greatest determining factor of a woman’s worth as a new bride. If her sexual history was suspect, the family of the bride could present the sheets from the wedding night to prove their daughter’s innocence, as breaking the hymen typically causes bleeding after intercourse. While today’s women may espouse and assimilate with contemporaneous ideals of female independence and strength, many still value their cultural traditions; there are still many reasons why a woman may prefer an intact hymen for her wedding night, or to restore her hymen for personal reasons.

In the course of the consultation, Dr. Placik discusses the unique considerations of the individual with attention to their specific personal and, perhaps, cultural expectations. Different techniques may be applied depending on the desired outcome and timing. During a standard procedure, Dr. Placik first treats the fragments of the hymen to remove the top layer of tissue through a process called denuding, which allows the membrane edges to heal together after surgery. Next, Dr. Placik gathers together the remnants of the hymen and reattaches them using dissolvable stitches. However, there are a variety of alternative surgical approaches.

Dr. Placik most often performs hymenoplasty as an outpatient procedure, so neither general anesthesia nor a hospital stay is required. Instead, Dr. Placik uses a local anesthetic to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the surgery, or can offer oral sedation if you prefer. The entire surgery takes just an hour or two.

The actual restoration of the hymen takes place during your recovery, as the body’s natural healing process heals and regrows the reconstructed membrane when a standard procedure is performed. Most patients can resume normal daily activities almost immediately. More vigorous exercise, tampon use and sexual activity should all be abstained during the recommended period. Women can expect sexual intercourse after hymenoplasty to rupture their repaired hymen, often accompanied by some discomfort and spotting or bleeding.

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Hymen Repair & Reconstruction FAQ

Am I a candidate?

Women who are concerned about the integrity of their hymen may be good candidates for hymenoplasty. Hymen reconstruction may be performed for societal reasons, as part of the healing process following sexual abuse, to correct an injury to the hymen or as part of “revirginization,” the process of reclaiming a virginal status for yourself or as a symbolic gift for your partner.

What can I expect during my consultation?

Dr. Placik will meet with you at our office in Chicago or Arlington Heights, where you’ll talk about your personal hopes for hymen repair and reconstruction. Dr. Placik will conduct a pelvic exam to determine the best approach to take and discuss your options with you, as well as gain a better understanding of your goals for surgery. Dr. Placik may recommend additional genital rejuvenation procedures if he feels they may better help you meet those goals.

Does it matter how long ago my hymen was broken?

The length of time since your hymen was torn has no bearing on the outcome of your hymenoplasty. Whether your hymen was broken in childhood due to a love for gymnastics or during a sexual encounter as a young adult, Dr. Placik can help recreate a complete hymen again.

How much does a hymenoplasty cost?

Costs for repair or reconstruction of your hymen depend on a number of different factors, including the complexity of the procedure and whether additional surgeries will be performed as well. The total cost will include Dr. Placik’s fee, as well as any payments for the surgical facility or anesthesiologist, if necessary. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What can I expect during surgery and recovery?

During your hymenoplasty, Dr. Placik will administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout your procedure. The surgery itself is relatively quick, and you can normally return home to begin your recovery as soon as later the same day. You may notice a feeling of tightness or soreness for the first few days, although this is mild for most women. You should refrain from sexual intercourse and tampon use for the recommended period.

What are the risks?

The risks associated with hymen repair are considered very minimal, and include discomfort, bleeding or hymen discoloration, premature hymen breakdown or, conversely, a repair that may require surgical release or intervention. The risks for more serious complications, such as hematoma or numbness, are rare but still possible.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about hymen repair and reconstruction, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.


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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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