Gender Affirming Surgery for Transgender Patients
The highly experienced Plastic Surgeons at New York Plastic Surgical Group are dedicated to helping patients in New York City and Long Island feel comfortable in their bodies and confident in their appearance. Many of our surgeons are board-certified and we specialize in a variety of gender-affirming surgical procedures for transgender patients, including facial surgery, transmasculine top surgery, and transfeminine breast augmentation. The decision to have plastic surgery is a very personal one, and you can expect compassionate and comprehensive care from our qualified team of experts.
Our team of plastic surgeons has received specialized training in gender-affirming procedures. They adhere strictly to the guidelines, policies, and standard of care established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). So you can rest assured our clinical staff is well-equipped to provide safe and compassionate care for all individuals seeking gender-affirming surgeries.
Candidates for Gender-Affirming Surgery
Candidates for gender-affirming surgery are typically over 18 years of age and in good general health. The best way to determine if surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment at one of our NYC or Long Island offices. Please be prepared to discuss your hormone treatment regimen and other details of your gender transition.
What Types of Gender-Affirming Surgery Does NYPS Group Offer?
When a person’s assigned or biological sex does not match their gender identity, there are many ways they can express their gender in order to live a more comfortable and authentic life. Transgender, gender fluid, or non-binary people may change their names, adapt their clothing, and undergo hormone treatment. Not all transgender people decide to have surgery, but for people who experience the stress or anxiety of gender dysphoria, gender-affirming procedures can be an effective solution that improves overall well-being.1
Gender-affirming surgery, also referred to as gender confirmation surgery, can include a variety of procedures that aim to help patients create an appearance that is more in line with the typical physical standards of their gender identity. At New York Plastic Surgical Group, each patient receives a personalized treatment plan to meet their unique needs and goals. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health defines such surgeries as medically necessary for the health of transgender patients.2 We are proud to offer the following procedures to individuals seeking gender confirmation surgery:
Chest Reconstruction for Transgender Men
Chest reconstruction surgery, sometimes called FTM top surgery or subcutaneous mastectomy, creates a more masculine-looking chest. This type of surgery may also benefit non-binary people who would like a less feminine-looking chest. In this surgery, breast tissue and excess skin are removed and the chest is given a masculine contour. The nipple and areola may also be resized and repositioned or the nipple can be removed completely if so desired.
Breast Augmentation for Transgender Women
Breast augmentation with breast implants and fat transfer techniques can enhance a feminine appearance. Your breast augmentation treatment plan can vary depending on a number of factors, including your aesthetic goals and whether you have developed breast tissue as a result of hormone therapy. Learn more about breast augmentation surgery.
Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery
As human beings we have been socialized to recognize certain facial characteristics as distinctly male or female. To help transgender patients physically reinforce their gender identity, we offer a wide range of surgical options. Some of the same procedures used for facial feminization may also be utilized in facial masculinization, with different techniques employed depending on a patient’s underlying bone structure and aesthetic goals. Our surgeons have an in-depth understanding of facial proportions and can use their expertise to create a customized treatment plan that delivers natural-looking results.
Facial feminization for transfeminine patients
The contours of a feminine face tend to be more refined and delicate than a typically masculine face. Transgender women may opt for a brow lift, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, jaw contouring, fat grafting, or facial implants in the cheeks or chin.
Recovery from Gender-Affirming Surgery
Your recovery will vary depending on which procedure you have and your individual treatment plan. Your surgeon will let you know what to expect from recovery, including how much time you will need away from work. It is important to understand and follow all aftercare instructions in order to optimize your results and have a healthy recovery.
Contact New York Plastic Surgical Group
Contact us if you have questions about gender affirming surgeries, or if you would like to schedule a consultation. Gender affirming surgery is available at our Garden City and Manhattan locations in New York State.
FAQs About Gender-Affirming Surgery
1 Mayo Clinic. Gender Dysphoria. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gender-dysphoria/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20475262. Accessed August 1, 2023.
2 The World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Position Statement on Medical Necessity of Treatment, Sex Reassignment, and Insurance Coverage in the U.S.A. Available: https://www.wpath.org/newsroom/medical-necessity-statement. Accessed August 1, 2023.
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