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Medical & Surgery

healthSeveral surgical options exist for the male to female transsexual, from breast augmentation, orchidectomy, trachea shave and hair transplants, to sex reassignment surgery, otherwise known as vaginoplasty, and the follow-up procedure, labiaplasty.

These surgical options, along with other medical procedures like electrolysis and feminine voice techniques are covered in the articles within this section of the male-to-female support pages, along with the risks, side-effects, aftercare and more.

Support Information is available for download from The Gender Centre, and are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view and print P.D.F. files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can download it for free at the Adobe website.

GAIL'S HAIR TRANSPLANT WITH DR. PICHET IN THAILAND

Article appeared in Polare 58, July 2004

Gail visits Thailand for the second surgical time, this time for a hair transplant. It's not an easy surgical process, and it takes a long time, but she is very pleased with the wonderful results. For Gail, having the hair transplant was as important as having S.R.S. ... 

EXTRACT FROM DR. PETER HAERTSCH'S PATIENT INFORMATION BOOKLET

Article appeared in Polare 20, August 1997

This extract from Dr. Peter Haertsch's Patient Information Booklet includes the outcomes and expectations of this two stage proceduretaking into account the amount of available tissue and potential surgical problems with the clitoris, urethra, vagina and labia ... 

PHYSICAL RESULTS AND THE EFFECT ON OUR EXPERIENCE OF SEX

Article appeared in Polare 19, June 1997

Let's assume we've accepted ourselves as the transgender people we'll always be, we just want our genitals configured like other women's. It's important for a decision like this to be made with the knowledge of exactly what genital restructure surgery can and can't do ... 

DOING YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE HEADING TO 'MEDICO LAND'

Article appeared in Polare 2, December 1993

When deciding to undergo breasts augmentation, nobody mentioned that the product can and does break down over time and can ultimately result in a visit to the doctor with granulation of the breasts (prosthesis to be exact) ...

IN SEARCH OF NON-JUDGEMENTAL HEALTH CARE

Article appeared in Polare 19, June 1997

norrie became worried when zie discovered 'spotting', or bleeding from hir vulva and passes on the ordeal zie had with health providers, as someone with a neo-vagina that needed medical attention, zie endured an experience in medical discrimination from a gynaecologist ...

IN BANGKOK, THE 'SEX CHANGE' MECCA

Article appeared in Polare 26, August 1998

In recent years, Bangkok has become a Mecca for sex-change operations. Not only are transsexuals coming from Japan, Taiwan and the U.S., but also from Europe and Australia. Adding to the patient base is Thailand's large population transgenders known locally as katoey ... 

WITH OR WITHOUT IMPLANTS

Article appeared in Polare 3, March 1993

Self-examination of your breasts should be done every two months. This article details how to detect any abnormalities or anything otherwise suspicious by looking at them, feeling them in the shower or laying down ...

... AND OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS FOR THE TRANSGENDERED

Article appeared in Polare 54, October 2003

The trans woman wants them and the trans man wants to get rid of them. Breasts can be a source of pride to the M.T.F. as hormones work their alchemy, they can also be a visible sign of the incongruity between the inner self and the outward body presentation of the F.T.M. ..

ARE GUMMY BEAR IMPLANTS REALLY SO SWEET?

Article appeared in Polare 68, July 2006

Breast implants are psychologically life-saving for some, yet for others, breast augmentation has been littered with complications. Therefore, women need to take constant care and have a continual assessment of the condition of their breasts implants and breasts ...

Article appeared in Polare 101, November 2014

Katherine gives us a rundown of the facial feminisation procedures available today including, rhinoplasty, trachea shave, jaw and forehead reshaping ... 

TRANS PEOPLE SUBJECTED TO SEXISM IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Article appeared in Polare 18, April 1997

Transsexual people are inexorably intertwined with medical practitioners through the establishment of medical policy. This document outlines minimal requirements for the care of transsexuals and includes a prescribed agenda and compulsory medical surveillance ...

FLOODING THE BRAIN WITH NOREPINEPHRINE

Article appeared in Polare 9, October 1995

Bill Robertson explains that due to the potential of withdrawal symptoms developing following hormone cessation, one should seriously consider all aspects of the decision including the possibility of a reduction regime ...

WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARD?

Article appeared in Polare 98, January 2014

JR. Latham asks whether treating transsexual patients differently from cosmetic surgery patients is ethically just? Furthermore Is cosmetic surgery only acceptable when it moves someone towards a culturally legible aesthetic of beauty? ...

ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH GATEKEEPERS

Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995

Ruth Farmer explains that rejection by her local gender dysphoria team because they told her she was too old and did not pass the psychological test for womanhood caused her much unnecessary expense and heartbreak. She could better have used the money for electrolysis ... 

VARYING GREATLY BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS

Article appeared in Polare 52, June 2003

Hair growth occurs continuously as new hair cells are formed at the base of the follicle and molded by a structure called the inner root sheath, that surrounds the growing hair shaft. Androgens, the male sex hormone activates specific areas of the body to produce hair ... 

 
 
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