Transgender Surgery Explained
There are a number of procedures that fall under the category of transgender surgery, but overall, each procedure is designed to soften male features or transform female features to achieve a more feminine or masculine appearance respectively. Every patient has different needs, which means that not all of the procedures mentioned below will be necessary. Transgender surgery is a very personal journey and one that can be made more relaxed and positive with the help of a qualified surgeon such as Dr Zacharia.
Facial Feminisation Procedures
The following feminisation surgery options are available at our clinic:
Facial Masculinisation Procedures
While hormone therapy will be required to achieve a more masculine facial appearance and change sex characteristics, there are several surgical procedures that can help change the structure of the face:
- Cheek Augmentation. By giving the cheeks a more prominent angle, a more masculine appearance can be achieved. Cheek implants can also be used to enhance the structure of the face.
- Rhinoplasty. The female nose is usually smaller and narrower, while the male nose tends to be larger and wider. Rhinoplasty can be used to alter the appearance of the nose and since it is a prominent feature, it can make a big difference to the patient’s overall appearance.
- Chin Augmentation. The chin is another area that when more defined, can masculinise the face. Chin implants, fat grafting and cutting and shaping the bone of the chin can all be used to alter this facial feature. The jaw can also be contoured at the same time to achieve a sharper, more defined profile.
- Forehead Lengthening. To achieve a wider, longer forehead that’s more common in men, the distance between the brow ridge and hairline is increased. Tissue expansion will be required to achieve this result.
What to Expect after Transgender Surgery
Even though transgender surgery is a combination procedure, the average patient will require around 2 to 4 weeks of downtime. The aftercare instructions that need to be followed and the side effects that will be experienced will depend on the specific procedures that were undertaken.
Dr Zacharia will take you through all of these requirements before your surgery, so that you know exactly what to expect and can prepare accordingly.