Gender-affirming or Transgender Surgery helps in aligning the body with the preferred gender identity. The surgery may involve procedures on the face, chest and/or genitalia. Some common transgender surgery options include: Facial reconstructive surgery to make facial features more masculine or feminine.
- Facial reconstruction surgeries would include a combination of cheekbone enhancement, chin angle realignment, reconstruction of the jaw bone and reshaping of the nose.
- If you are a male undergoing surgery to align with a female identity, other surgeries may include Adam's apple reduction, placement of breast implants, removal of the penis and scrotum and reconstruction of the vagina and labia.
- If you are a female undergoing surgery to align with a male identity, other surgeries may include Mastectomy, commonly known as breast reduction surgery, removal of ovaries and uterus and construction of penis and scrotum.
- Gender-affirming surgery usually involves a combination of procedures. Depending on the requirement and surgeon's recommendations, the patient might have to undergo multiple surgeries spaced out across intervals to effectively achieve the final outcome.
Getting back to normal
- The recovery period for the patient will vary based on the extent of the procedures.
- The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anaesthesia.
- Most patients would have to be in the hospital under supervision for a couple days. After being discharged, the patient will be advised to rest and limit activity for 6-8 weeks.
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body. It can be divided into two main categories: reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery.