If you feel like you were born in the wrong body or that the gender you were assigned at birth does not reflect who you truly are, Dr. Anjali Saple of Dr. Anjali's Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, Visakhapatnam, can help! She specializes in male-to-female and female-to-male transitions and has years of experience helping people achieve their desired results.
Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might be caused by a mismatch between someone’s biological sex and their gender identity.
The gender that a person identifies with is his/her gender identity. This may not correspond to the gender assigned to them at birth. Someone with gender dysphoria may identify as either male or female or feel that they belong to neither gender. They may also feel that their body does not match their gender identity.
For example, a person with female gender identity and male genitalia may experience a strong desire to have surgery to remove the male genitalia and construct female genitalia (gender reassignment surgery).
What causes Gender Dysphoria?
The precise cause of gender dysphoria is unknown. It is thought to be caused by a combination of external and hereditary factors.
The most common treatment for gender dysphoria is gender reassignment surgery. This is also sometimes called “sex reassignment surgery”, “gender affirmation surgery” or “gender confirmation surgery”.
Gender reassignment surgery is a series of operations that enable a person to have their physical appearance and functional abilities altered to match their gender identity.
Gender reassignment surgery can be performed on candidates who have:
At the consultation, Dr. Anjali will assess your overall health and well-being. She will also discuss your desired results and expectations from surgery. It is important to be honest, and realistic about your expectations.
Dr. Anjali will also need to ensure that you are psychologically prepared for surgery and have a strong support system in place. You will need letters from two mental health professionals confirming that you are taking this decision in a stable frame of mind. In addition all the consent forms will need to be notarised.
Gender reassignment surgery is a complex and multi-stage process. The specific procedures that are carried out will depend on the individual’s desired results. The first stage of surgery is usually to remove the existing genitalia. This is followed by the construction of the new genitalia. This is also called “bottom” surgery. This is then followed by “top” surgery where either the breast tissue is removed for a masculine appearance or it is enhanced for a feminine appearance. This may be followed by facial reconstructive surgery for feminisation or masculinisation.
Male-To-Female (MTF) Reassignment Surgery
Male-to-female reassignment surgery usually involves four main procedures: removal of the testicles and penis (orchiectomy), construction of a vagina (vaginoplasty), construction of a clitoris (clitoroplasty), and reshaping of the labia (labiaplasty). These surgeries can be performed individually or as a single combined procedure.
In MTF surgery, tissue from the penis is utilized to create a vagina and clitoris. The scrotal tissue can be used to create the lips around the vagina (the labia). The urethra, which transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body, is shortened. After surgery, the patient will need a vaginal dilator to keep the vagina open.
Female-To-Male (FTM) Reassignment Surgery
Female-to-male (FTM) surgery usually involves a combination of procedures, including removal of the ovaries and uterus (oophorectomy and hysterectomy), construction of a penis (phalloplasty), and construction of a scrotum (scrotoplasty). The specific procedures will vary depending on the individual’s needs and desires.
FTM surgery also utilizes skin flaps to create a new penis. The skin is usually taken from the arm, leg, or abdomen. In some cases, testicular implants may also be used to construct the scrotum. The urethra is also lengthened to allow for urination through the new penis.
In addition to the surgeries mentioned above, there are several other procedures that can be carried out as part of gender reassignment surgery. These include breast augmentation or removal (mastectomy), Adam’s apple reduction (tracheal shave), facial masculinization or feminization surgery, and body contouring surgery. Each of these procedures is designed to help the patient attain a physical appearance that is more in line with their gender identity.
The recovery time for each procedure involved in gender reassignment surgery will vary depending on the individual. It is important to follow Dr. Anjali ’s post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and smooth recovery.
Gender reassignment surgery is proven to have a profound and positive effect on the lives of those who choose to undergo the procedures. The surgery helps individuals align their physical appearance with their gender identity, which can lead to an improvement in mental health and wellbeing and rid them of the psychological conflicts they were facing before the surgery. The surgery can also help individuals feel more comfortable in their own bodies and improve their self-esteem and confidence.
The cost of gender reassignment surgery will vary depending on the specific procedures that are carried out. The total cost will also depend on factors such as the surgeon’s fees and the hospital or clinic where the surgery is performed. Dr. Anjali will first understand what you are looking to achieve from surgery and then provide you with an estimate of the total cost.Book Appointment
As with any surgery, there are certain risks and complications that are associated with gender reassignment surgery. Some common risks include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and nerve damage. This surgery is also associated with several psychological complications which need to be handled with extreme care. Dr. Anjali understands the delicate nature of this surgery and will ensure your safety.
Dr. Anjali Saple is a skilled and experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Visakhapatnam, India. She has a keen eye for aesthetics and is a perfectionist to the core. Dr. Anjali Saple completed her M.B.B.S, M.S. General Surgery and DNB Plastic Surgery from the prestigious Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, Mumbai. She then took special training in Cosmetic Surgery at Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, USA, and at Santa Casa Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has been practicing as a Consultant Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon in Visakhapatnam for the last 22 years. She regularly upgrades her skills to impart the best possible care to her patients and her 25 years of experience have made her one of the most sought-after surgeons in Visakhapatnam, India.