A major part of our identity and overall confidence comes from our outer appearance. If your appearance isn’t in line with that identity, it can cause serious problems emotionally and mentally. Gender reassignment surgery can help bridge that gap and give you a happier and healthier life.
Gender reassignment is not a quick procedure, The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester breaks this process up into four phases: a diagnostic phase, hormonal therapy, a period of living publicly as a member of the opposite sex, and then finally, the surgical phase.
Phase 1: Diagnosis
The first step in your gender reassignment journey is to meet with a mental health professional for a diagnosis as well as psychotherapy. Your doctor can then provide a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder.
Phase 2: Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy is a very important step in this process. The purpose of hormone therapy helps your body to develop secondary sex characteristics of the desired sex. Hormone therapy might not give you the complete transformation you’re looking for, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. It can help you immensely to start feeling more like your body is a reflection of who you are inside.
Phase 3: Real-Life Experience
The next step is for you to live for one year as your preferred gender role. This is a really big step, but a crucial one. It means going to school or work and living your life as the gender you identify with. Part of this will include changing your first name. This whole experience will help you transition into the person you want to be and hopefully help you build up your confidence.
Phase 4: Gender Reassignment Surgery
By the time you reach this phase, you’ll have been living as your desired gender for at least two years. This is the standard set by WPATH and is the requirement for most insurance companies to cover your gender reassignment procedure. This procedure will vary depending on which sex you are transitioning from and to but we will go over all of the ins and outs during your consultation and other appointments.
Recovery will also vary widely. However, you should expect to have some downtime but be able to drive within a week following surgery, provided you are no longer taking heavy pain medication.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’d like to begin your gender reassignment journey with us, scheduling your consultation is the first step. Call our office at (585) 922-5840 to schedule your consultation now.