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Prof. asoc. Dr. Stefan Gress

Reconstruction of the hymen

Professor Gress is one of the
top specialists internationally

A second hymen is especially important to women
in Arab or Southern European countries
for religious or social reasons.

The hymen, also known as the cherry, is a thin, elastic membrane consisting of fine fibers that partially blocks the vaginal opening. It is shaped like a ring and covers the vaginal opening. Discharge and menstrual blood can flow out through the opening of the ring.

The function of the hymen is not entirely clear. Some scientists speculate it is supposed to protect the vagina against infections or foreign bodies during childhood. The hymen can tear not only during a woman’s first sexual encounter or by inserting a tampon, but also during sports, gymnastics, riding, cycling etc.

In Arab and southern European countries in particular, the hymen has traditional significance before marriage. The important thing is that it bleeds the first time a woman has sexual intercourse on her wedding night as this is considered proof of intact virginity.

The hymen usually tears in a star shape in the first instance of sexual intercourse. The villiform remains of the hymen are separated using a fine laser and reassembled to form a ring-shaped membrane once again. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about one to one-and-a-half hours.

No special preparation is required. As with any procedure, you should not take any medication (eg aspirin) that affects blood thinning at least 14 days prior to the procedure. Following a physical examination the day before and a detailed consultation at our practice, the procedure can be performed the day after.

Torn hymen
Reconstructed Hymen

A wound check with dressing change is performed the day after the operation. Please take the medication (antibiotic and decongestant medication) as prescribed. It goes without saying that you should not use a tampon or have sexual intercourse after the procedure as the hymen will tear again.

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Best Results

by specially developed, internationally leading surgical technique “Composite Reduction Labiaplasty”

Greatest Experience

With the most operations in
the female genital
area worldwide

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Experience makes the difference

  • More than 6700 procedures in the female genital area
  • Over 20 years of experience
  • Inventor and developer of the “Composite Reduction Labiaplasty”
  • Internationally recognized top specialist
  • Author of the international textbook “Aesthetic and Functional Labiaplasty” (Springer Publishers)
  • Professor and Lecturer in Plastic Surgery

„Pioneer of female genital surgery“

„The Vagina Picasso“

„The labia pope of Germany“

In the most important national and international specialist societies

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Deutsche Gesellschaft der Plastischen, Rekonstruktiven und Ästhetischen Chirurgen

International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

The Aston Baker
Cutting Edge
Aesthetic Surgery

2018, New York

Faculty Member
The greatest honor for
a Plastic Surgeon

The internatioanl Textbook
written by Prof. Gress

Published in January 2018 by Springer Verlag, it has developed into an international bestseller and standard work in plastic surgery