Gender Reassignment Surgery
There are several names for transgender surgery. People refer to it as sex reassignment surgery, gender reassignment, realignment surgery, masculinization surgery, feminization surgery, male-to-female surgery, or gender confirmation surgery.
The terms "gender-affirmation surgery" and "gender-affirming care" are becoming more popular as medicine advances beyond the limitations of the gender binary. Surgery to alter one or more sex characteristics—for example, the breasts/chest, genitalia, or facial features—is an individual's decision.
Is Gender Correction Surgery Necessary?
The prime concern of human psychology is sexual identity. For transgender people, gender identity is a significant source of discomfort. We can only imagine the challenges a person would face if they were to keep trying to figure out their actual gender. They need constant assistance and care as they embark on their journey of becoming their people to incorporate into society as soon as possible to meet their psychological needs. When they do not receive the required level of assistance from society and their families, the issue is still worsened. A lack of knowledge of gender identity disorders and the absence of explicit social norms may be the primary causes. This leads a transgender person —who already experiences a constant internal conflict between their body and soul—to clash with society, which hinders their ability to communicate and form close bonds with loved ones, friends, and colleagues.
Surgeries Certain to Transgender Populations:
- Masculinizing scrotoplasty
- Masculinizing chest surgery (surgery of the upper part)
- Facial feminization approach
- Reduction thyroid chondroplasty (tracheal cartilage shave)
- Voice surgery
Surgeries Not Certain to Transgender Populatiions:
- Augmentation mammoplasty
- Hysterectomy or oophorectomy
Benefits of Gender Reassignment Surgery
- Improved social affirmation.
- Quick diagnosis before surgery.
- Absolute confidentiality of your data.
- Individual attention to each patient.
Types of Transgender Surgery
Gender-affirming surgery involves procedures on the face, chest or genitalia. Here are common transgender surgery options:
- Facial Reconstructive Surgery - To enhance the masculine or feminine facial features.
- Chest or ‘Top Surgery’ - To remove breast tissue to uplift masculine appearance and enhance breast size & shape for a more feminine appearance.
- Genital or ‘Bottom Surgery’ - This surgery is performed to transform and reconstruct the genitalia.
Gender Affirmation Surgeries
- Feminizing Surgeries - It is done to develop breast tissue and trans women have the choice to consider it or not.
- Masculinizing Surgeries - Depending on the dysphoria level, this surgery is done to remove the breast tissue and some trans males opt bottom surgery to correct their pelvis.
Recovery After the Gender Transformation Surgery
To manage post surgery recovery, you’ll need:
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications.
- Proper breathing exercises.
- More rest than usual.
- More pillows to balance the posture.
- Heating pads or cold packs.
- Take sponge baths.
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.