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Surgeon says demise of hymen restoration operations no skin off his, er... nose?

Japan's top hymen restoration clinic was once busy when it was a common procedure at a time chastity was given greater credence in society than it is now, but it hasn't performed the operation in about 20 years, according to Shukan Bunshun (12/7).

"They certainly still offer hymen restorations, but nobody does them nowadays. That Dr. (Katsuya) Takasu (famous for performing the procedure) said he hasn't done one of the ops for 20 years. And the last person he did it for was (porn actress) Kyoko Aizome," a medical industry insider tells Shukan Bunshun.

Takasu, operator of the Takasu Clinic chain of cosmetic surgeries, confirms the rumor.

"I can't remember doing one during the (18-year) reign of the current Emperor," he tells Shukan Bunshun. "I'd guess it's been 20 years since I did a restoration. And Aizome? Yes, I did operate on her. She said she wanted it done because one of her directors wanted to film what it was like when it was broken."

But Takasu corrects the assumption that porn star Aizome was the last person whose maidenhead he restored.

"Actually, I used to restore the hymens on a lot of young geisha who were getting ready for their mizuage (sale of virginity). But Aizome wasn't the last person I performed the procedure on. In fact, it was actually for a couple in their 50s who'd seen the movie where the breaking of Aizome's hymen was filmed," the surgeon says. "They were really settled and had grandchildren and they were getting ready to go on the honeymoon they couldn't afford to take when they were young and first married. The husband asked me to put a hymen back on his wife for the trip. And that was the last one I did, I think. I guess there're lots of guys who think they're going on their honeymoons with virgins."

Though she may not have been the last person to have had her hymen restored, Aizome is certainly one of the most memorable recipients and she certainly recalls what happened.

"They strung a thread almost like a piano wire through the entrance to my vagina and pulled it like a drawstring to recreate the hymen. They give your privates a local anesthetic, so the operation itself doesn't really hurt. I really felt like a virgin again," Aizome tells Shukan Bunshun. "What hurts is all the swelling after the operation. I had to walk around for a while with my legs spread. Even though they restored my maidenhead, I was already somebody who knew well how good it could feel behind that curtain. I got them to give it a tight pull using a strong thread, so when it came time to film, it was really hard to break. We tried to break it a lot and couldn't do it, so in the end had to use some scissors and cut it. You should have seen all the fluids that came gushing out."

Takasu still offers the procedure, charging the same rate of 157,000 yen that it levied in the heyday of hymen restorations. But just because the price hasn't changed for decades, it doesn't mean the operation is enticing to contemporary Japanese gals.

"Women nowadays don't regard the hymen as the most important thing for a girl to protect. Women who remain virgins after a certain age now are more likely to turn off a guy than turn him on," the medical industry insider tells Shukan Bunshun. "There's just no demand for hymen restorations anyway." (By Ryann Connell)

(Mainichi Japan) December 4, 2006


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