Skip to comments.Like a virgin? Thanks to 'revirgination' (hot new trend)
Posted on 01/11/2006 6:32:06 AM PST by NYer
WASHINGTON Forget Botox, liposuction or breast enlargement. The newest trend in plastic surgery for women in the United States is vaginal reconstruction, including hymenoplasty, which offers patients new virginity.
The procedure has become so popular that it has topped the other more conventional surgeries such as face-lifts and breast enlargement.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that vaginal surgery is one of the fastest growing trends in plastic surgery. In fact, as many as 30,000 women are said to opt for vaginal reconstruction yearly.
The procedure, also known as "revirgination", is being hawked in magazines, the Internet or on radio stations as a way for women to improve their sex life or enjoy a second honeymoon.
Ms Jeanette Yarborough, a medical assistant from San Antonio, Texas, said she decided to undergo hymenoplasty, which involves reattaching the hymen, as a special gift for her husband.
"I wasn't a virgin when we got married and I thought: What better gift to give my husband than revirgination?" the 40-year-old mother of four told AFP. "It was a real sentimental gift, it was something I could recreate for him and he was thrilled. He was like, 'Yeah, it was worth every penny'," she said.
Though long popular among women in the Middle East and Latin America, where being chaste is important on one's wedding night, hymenoplasty is experiencing new-found popularity among women in the US.
One clinic boasts on its Internet site that its practitioners "can repair the hymen as if nothing occurred". Many who undergo the procedure, which costs between US$1,800 ($2,900) and US$5,000, also ask that their vaginas be tightened, doctors say.
Ms Esmeralda Vanegas, owner of the Ridgewood Health and Beauty Center in New York, said business was booming with about five hymenoplasties performed every month.
"Hymenoplasty is for women who want to please their husband or their lover and they know that he wants to experience intercourse with a virgin," she said.
Ms Mary Blum, author of Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery, expressed concern at the fact that such surgery was becoming part of mainstream America and was being marketed as a way to gain self-esteem or as part of the country's obsession with self-improvement.
"With hymenoplasty, one of the obvious problems is you're pretending nothing happened before," she told AFP. "It falls under the heading of rejuvenation, pretending your body has no history, so now it has no sexual history."
She added that such procedures were gaining in popularity in part because they were made affordable for the masses and were being touted as a consumer product rather than as invasive and potentially dangerous surgery.
"It's in the domain of 'Will I take a trip, buy a new car or get a hymenoplasty?'" she said.
Ms Blum said women like Ms Yarborough could probably make their husbands just as happy with a much cheaper and less medically-intrusive option. "She could have gotten him an inflatable doll," she said. AGENCIES
Or she could have practiced abstinence in the first place.
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I'm not having my foreskin reattached. No way.
More stupid than plastic boobs.
This is just bizarre. These people must have some serious issues.
If you lost it while having sex the first time, I think you might have been a bit too rough. (Even if she liked it.)
This procedure might save a few lives in Islamic countries. Keep them from being victims of "honor killings".
What the ???!! Guys ENJOY having their partner bleed and be in pain during sex? And the women go through surgery to achieve this? Why don't they just buy some razor-coated condoms? Then it can feel like the first time every time. Wait for female circumcision to come into vogue. That's real sexy.
In other news, I would like to announce my new business venture, Pinata Restoration Specialists, Inc.
For a small fee, I will take broken pinatas from children's parties, and restore them to their former glory using super secret duct tape technology. Replacement candy not included.
"Can you throw in a front-end alignment with that?"
Oh brother. I'm sure there will be an anal version of the surgery for San Fran "couples" coming soon.
Night Court was ahead of its time.
There was an episode where Bull lost his virginity and wanted it back. He paid what everyone thought was a shyster and spent time in a tent indoors. He came out claiming to be restored. Dan tried to show him it was a scam and came out a 12 or 13 year old boy.
If my husband isn't happy with a 40-year-old body that's been through 10 pregnancies (with his participation :-), he can hit the road, and my attorney will be in touch.
I'm happy to go to Weight Watchers, but this stuff is sick.
This must be the source of the legend involving "werevirgins".
10 pregnancies!? You don't need a revirgination, you need a new hobby.
Dear, I'd really rather have the home theatre system, but thanks for the thought...
What did the husband who had to go a few weeks without any while the stitches were healing have to say?
I'm sure you would have made it here pretty soon anyway, but it seemed an adequate excuse for a good morning ping to you.