Posted January 9, 2019 in Gender Reassignment Surgery
Many people begin to feel unhappy with the appearance of their bodies as they age. One of the main reasons a person undergoes plastic surgery is to restore their confidence and self-esteem by enhancing their physical appearance. While some patients want to rid themselves of certain imperfections like wrinkles and unwanted fat, there are others who wish to change their identity completely.
Transgender patients wanting their inner identity to be reflected by what is shown on the outside can embrace their true self with gender reassignment surgery. Gender reassignment surgery is a series of surgical procedures that can help trans men and women finally embrace their true gender identity.
What Is Gender Dysphoria
Gender dysphoria is a condition that causes a person to feel as though their identity does not match that of their assigned sex, which can cause medically significant distress. Typically, once a patient has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria by a mental health professional, they can move on to create their real persona.
What You Need to Know Before Surgery
Before undergoing any surgical procedure, all trans patients must:
- Attain medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria
- Have completed at least one year of hormone therapy
- Lived in the desired gender role for one year
Hormone treatment is required to help each patient produce some of the physical and emotional characteristics of their internal gender. After meeting these requirements, patients may decide to seek plastic surgery to complete their transition.
Your Sex Reassignment Surgery
Whether male-to-female (MTF) or female-to-male (FTM), many patients who have undergone surgery find relief knowing their outside gender appearance matches their inner selves.
Trans women looking to transform their masculine appearance can look into male-to-female (MTF) sex reassignment surgery. This procedure will concentrate on creating female characteristics in the breasts, body, and face through the following methods:
- Breast augmentation: Can provide trans women with full female breasts using saline or silicone breast implants.
- Brazilian Butt Lift: Uses the patient’s fat to add volume and curves to their buttocks for a more feminine shape.
- Rhinoplasty: Can change the size and shape of the nose to produce a refined tip and narrower nasal structure for a more feminine appearance.
Trans men can opt for female-to-male (FTM) sex reassignment surgery to help them achieve more masculine features by sculpting the face and body using the following surgical procedures:
- Breast tissue removal: Will remove fatty tissue and excess skin from the breasts using a periareolar incision (around the outside edge of the areola) or a double incision with free nipple grafts.
- Pectoral implants: Can enhance the chest by giving them more masculine chest contours by inserting semi-solid silicone implants through a small incision in each armpit.
- Liposuction: Removes fat in the abdomen, hips, and thighs to eliminate feminine curves.