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Prof. asoc. Dr. Stefan Gress

Plastic Surgeon

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.

Frequently asked questions about hymen econstruction

For restoration of the hymen, you will need a total of three appointments:
consultation/preliminary examination, surgery, and check-up the morning after the procedure. The consultation and surgical procedure may not take place on the same day.

e will be glad to help you find a suitable hotel of any kind. We have a partnership with Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich, which means our patients are offered more favorable rates. They should, however, refer to our practice when booking the hotel or make the booking with our assistance .

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You should not do any strenuous sports for two weeks.

You may take a shower the day after the procedure, but only use clear water for one week. Please only use pH-neutral products. No baths!

You should avoid chlorine-treated water in public swimming pools for three weeks. You are allowed to swim again in lakes or the sea after one week.

Generally speaking, the restoration of the hymen is not painful.

Having your period on the day of surgery does not constitute a problem. Of course, you should not use a tampon afterwards.

Please completely shave your genital area before the procedure.

You can return to work the day after the procedure.

There are no serious risks or complications associated with hymen reconstruction. Severe pain is not to be expected. General movement and day-to-day activities may cause a suture to unravel, requiring it to be sewn in a second time. That is why a check-up after around four weeks, or at least six weeks before the wedding night, would be ideal. The hymen usually bleeds on the wedding night if is torn again through sexual intercourse. However, this cannot be guaranteed, just like it does not necessarily bleed the first time.

The reconstruction of the hymen takes around one to one-and-a-half hours and costs EUR 2,600. 

The fee for the operation must be settled before the day of the surgery. A deposit of EUR 500 is required to secure an appointment for surgery.

Please understand that we are unable to provide any financing ourselves. However, MEDIPAY has been our reliable partner on this matter for many years now. You can find all the relevant information at

You can request further information or arrange an appointment here. This is non-binding information free of charge. We have set up a telephone advice service for you. Call +49 (0) 89 24 22 39 22 for advice on your own surgical needs. This personal advice service is non-binding and free of charge.

Best results

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

Greatest Experience

With the most operations in
the female genital
area worldwide

Media Partner

First point of contact for international media for all questions relating to intimate surgery

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
German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
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