What Are the Benefits of a Male to Female Gender Reassignment Surgery?
- Relief from anxiety due to gender dysphoria
- Emotional comfort and more fulfilling quality of life
- A more feminine facial appearance and hair placement
- A feminine appearance in the upper and lower body that matches your gender identity
Am I a Good Candidate for a Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female?
The male to female transgender process involves a series of cosmetic surgeries designed to create an hourglass figure with beautiful, shapely, and feminine curves. This procedure typically begins with breast augmentation, which is preferable to hormone therapy and “pumpers”—the name for non-medical personnel who inject loose silicone into the breasts—which is a risky and aesthetically unappealing option.
Dr. Agullo does not perform the removal of the male genitalia. Should you desire this, Dr. Agullo will provide you with a recommendation to another physician.
Generally, candidates for a male to female gender reassignment surgery have gone through the correct resources for gender affirmation services. Ideal candidates for a male to female gender reassignment surgery have completed therapy with certified mental health professionals who specialize in gender dysphoria.
Ideal candidates must be of consenting age and in good health. Patients must provide evidence that they are emotionally and physically prepared for the transition and have cleared any necessary examinations. Potential candidates must provide a valid consent form from a primary care psychologist, gender therapist, doctor, or psychiatrist, declaring that the patient is ready for the next step in their gender transition. Medical clearance is non-negotiable.
What Is Discussed During My Consultation for Male to Female Gender Reassignment Surgery?
The first stage of your cosmetic transition is the consultation with Dr. Agullo. Dr. Agullo is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has successfully performed hundreds of cosmetic procedures. During this consultation, Dr. Agullo will create accurate images of your possible results using the 3D Vectra Imaging System. These images will help prepare you mentally and physically for your procedure(s).
During your consultation for transgender male to female surgery, you will have the chance to engage in a transparent conversation about your goals for transitioning. Dr. Agullo will give you an anticipated timeframe for your cosmetic results, depending on your treatment plan.
Dr. Agullo will also explain the required preparations for surgery and its expected results. Dr. Agullo will share gender reassignment before and after photos of previous patients, examine your medical background, and resolve any concerns or questions you have regarding your current health, safety, and preparedness.
What Are My Options for Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female?
Thanks to advancements in cosmetic medicine, trans women born with a masculine figure have several choices to help them realize the physique that will provide them with more comfort and fulfillment. Dr. Agullo’s comprehensive experience, conjoined with modern technological advancements, yields satisfying results that affirm your most authentic self.
Breast augmentation is performed to achieve a voluptuous and feminine bustline. This can be accomplished through fat transfer; however, it is usually performed with implants.
Patients can choose from:
- Silicone: A thick gel that looks and acts like natural breast tissue
- Saline: A thin, sterile saltwater solution that provides a firmer appearance
- Gummy bear: A cohesive silicone gel that is smoother and retains projection superiorly.
Breast augmentation will be performed through one of these incisions:
- Periareolar: Implants placed through an incision around the areola
- Axillary: Implants placed through an incision deep in the armpit
- Inframammary: Implants placed through an incision along the crease beneath the breast
Men tend to have flatter derrières than women do. Buttock augmentation is performed through butt implants or a Brazilian Butt Lift to create a more curvaceous and feminine figure.
- Butt implants: A solid silicone implant is inserted through the crease beneath the buttocks to increase volume, shape, and lift to the butt.
- Brazilian Butt Lift: Fat is removed from another region of the body through liposuction and transferred to the buttocks to provide a more robust and plump appearance.
- Non-surgical buttock augmentation: Injects Sculptra® Aesthetic—an injectable filler—into various regions of the buttocks to achieve natural fullness.
These techniques provide you with a more shapely, proportioned, and feminine physique.
Masculine facial features include broad foreheads, wide noses, and strong jawlines. During the MTF transition process, many patients wish to soften their masculine facial features and obtain a more feminine facial aesthetic.
- Rhinoplasty: Narrows and refines the nose as well as decreases the nostril size
- Lip augmentation: Adds volume, shape, and definition to the lips
- Fat transfer: Adds volume to areas in need of feminization
- Jaw refinement: Softens and reduces a masculine jawline
- Buccal fat pad removal to triangulate the face
- Shaving down the Adam’s Apple
- Hair transplantation for a more feminine hairline
- Shaving of the Adam’s apple
How Should I Prepare for Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female?
Physically preparing for your transition will not only help you emotionally, but it will also help ensure that your recovery process goes smoothly. Dr. Agullo will advise you on preparing yourself and your home for this process during your consultation.
- Stop smoking and all tobacco use for at least two weeks before and after the surgery
- Refrain from consuming any food or drink (including water) after midnight on the day of your surgery
- Ask someone to drive you to and from the surgery
- Wear a button-up shirt so that you do not have to stretch over your head
- Fill all necessary prescriptions and prepare your home for your recovery
- Fill out and bring all required paperwork and identification
What Are Your Concerns for Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female?
What Can I Expect from the Recovery for Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female?
Since your transgender surgery is tailored to your anatomical needs and aesthetic desires, your recovery period and level of comfort will vary. Your surgical areas will be swollen, bruised, and sore. Over-the-counter medication, prescription pain medication, and ice packs will help remedy any discomfort. You should get plenty of rest during the initial days of your procedure; however, you must get on your feet to walk and stretch regularly. This will ensure proper circulation. Most patients can return to work and their normal routines after one to two weeks, but strenuous or vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Is Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female Painful?
Patients will not experience any pain during their gender reassignment surgery, as all techniques are performed under general anesthesia. The cosmetic transition from male to female requires a series of invasive procedures. While the majority of patients experience no serious or lasting complications, the risk for these is present. While rare, some of these complications include:
- Complications from anesthesia
- Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)
- Pulmonary or vein problems
- Fat necrosis
- Prolonged healing
- Undesirable scarring
- Decreased nipple or skin sensation
- Implant rupture or leakage
Will My Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female Leave Scars?
Scar development after gender reassignment surgeries will hinge on the number of incisions required for your procedures and the nature of each incision’s shape and length. In male to female procedures, variations in scar size and shape will appear based on the technique required to augment the breasts and chest area, augment the butt and hip area, and feminize the face. With proper skin care, patients find that their scars fade with time.
When Will I See My Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female Results?
to female surgery results will be visible directly after treatment. However, your complete and fully-formed results will not develop visibly until your body has completely recovered and adapted to the physiological changes—which can take up to one year. Each patient has a unique treatment plan for their gender reassignment, causing their healing time to vary.
What Does Gender Reassignment Male to Female Surgery Cost?
Your male to female transition is entirely personalized and tailored to your specific needs, body type, and desires. Due to this, there is no set price quote.
Generally speaking, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective” and is not covered by most insurance plans. The prices listed on our fee schedule represent the minimum cost of the procedures, including anesthesia and surgical facility fees, medical tests, garments, and recovery products. The cost of prescription medications, however, is not included. All fees must be paid in full prior to the scheduled treatment.
While some patients choose to perform these procedures together, others prefer to spread them out. There will be a difference in the cost estimate between these two options. Typically, it is more expensive to spread your procedures out because you will require separate rounds of anesthesia, surgical days, and recovery dressings.
Dr. Agullo will provide you with a price quote during your consultation.
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What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Gender Reassignment Male to Female Procedures?
The number of characteristics you wish to transform and the techniques required to accomplish your cosmetic goals will determine the length of your gender reassignment surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Agullo will clarify whether your male to female gender reassignment procedures may be done in a single operation or be better served as a series of appointments.
Although the feminization of the face, chest, and lower body requires multiple steps (and surgical appointments), you may be able to combine some procedures (such as all of your facial feminization).
Professional mental health care for transitioning patients is a remarkably productive outlet for patients who have lived with gender dysphoria and are now ready to experience a more fulfilling life with the body they have always identified with. Positive resources for your transition can also include talking to a close friend, finding a transgender therapist, or joining a peer-to-peer support group.
Dr. Agullo will not require you to be on hormone therapy to undergo male to female cosmetic procedures. That being said, some of our patients have already started or completed that phase of their transition. This is also okay. You may need to pause this therapy during your recovery process, but that will be discussed during your consultation.
Most transitioning men we see already know that they would be happier and more comfortable with a female physique. For young patients starting their transformation, we require that you present a letter from a family doctor, gender therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist stating that you are emotionally prepared for this next step.
Dr. Agullo does not offer the removal of the penis or the construction of the vagina and uterus. However, Dr. Agullo will use his professional experience and versatile skill set to provide the highest care for patients who desire top-surgery, the feminization of the hips and butt area, and the feminization of the face. Dr. Agullo’s patient-oriented care is committed to facilitating the maximum amount of joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment for each patient.
Interested in Gender Reassignment Surgery Male to Female?
If you want to learn more about male to female gender reassignment surgery and other advanced gender reassignment techniques offered by Dr. Agullo, contact his office by calling (915) 590-7900. Dr. Agullo offers gender reassignment surgery in El Paso, Texas, and the greater El Paso area.
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