The Hymen is a crescent of membranous tissue at the entrance to the vagina. The hymen can be perforated by sexual intercourse, tampon use, or other physical activities. For some women, it is important that the hymen is intact prior to marriage, and as a result, hymen restoration has become a popular cosmetic procedure. At consultation for hymen restoration (also known as hymenoplasty or hymen repair surgery), an examination will confirm that the remaining tissues are suitable for repair, and you will receive complete instructions on how to prepare for hymenoplasty and what to expect during and after the surgery. The procedure takes 30 minutes, self-dissolving sutures are used, there is little discomfort following the procedure, and a return to daily activities is possible the following day. Sexual intercourse should be deferred for 6 weeks, at which time there would be no evidence of surgery and the sexual experience should be indistinguishable from virginal intercourse.