Yes, there may be costs associated with pre-operative scar management treatments or therapies. These costs can vary depending on the type of treatment or therapy, the surgeon, and the location.

Some common pre-operative scar management treatments or therapies include:

  • Topical creams or ointments: These creams or ointments can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Silicone sheets or gels: These sheets or gels can help to flatten and soften scars.
  • Pressure dressings: These dressings can help to reduce swelling and improve blood flow.
  • Laser therapy: This therapy can help to break down scar tissue and improve the appearance of scars.

The cost of these treatments or therapies can range from a few dollars to several hundred dollars. It is important to talk to your surgeon about the specific costs associated with any pre-operative scar management treatments or therapies that you may be considering.

In some cases, insurance may cover the cost of pre-operative scar management treatments or therapies. However, this is not always the case. It is important to check with your insurance company to see if they will cover the cost of any treatments or therapies that you are considering.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website:
  • The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) website:
  • The National Library of Medicine (NLM) website:

Yes, there can be costs associated with pre-operative scar management treatments or therapies before undergoing gender reassignment surgery or any other surgical procedure. Scar management is focused on minimizing the appearance of scars and promoting optimal wound healing.

For some individuals, particularly those undergoing gender-affirming procedures such as top surgery (chest surgery) or facial feminization surgery (FFS) or facial masculinization surgery (FMS), pre-operative scar management may be considered to help achieve the best possible outcomes and reduce the visibility of scars.

Here are some potential costs to consider for pre-operative scar management treatments or therapies:

  1. Topical Scar Creams or Gels: Over-the-counter or prescription scar creams or gels may be used to apply to the surgical site before and after surgery to improve scar appearance and reduce redness.
  2. Silicone Sheets or Gel: Silicone sheets or gel are often recommended to help flatten and soften scars when applied regularly.
  3. Laser Scar Therapy: Laser treatments can be used before surgery to address existing scars or to perform post-operative treatments to improve scar appearance.
  4. Microneedling: Microneedling involves using tiny needles to stimulate collagen production and improve the texture of scars.
  5. Steroid Injections: For hypertrophic or keloid scars, corticosteroid injections may be used to help reduce their size and appearance.
  6. Scar Massage: Gentle massage techniques may be recommended to help soften and flatten scars.

It’s important to note that not all individuals may require pre-operative scar management treatments, and the need for such treatments may depend on individual healing tendencies and the complexity of the surgical procedure.

Before undergoing gender reassignment surgery or any other surgical procedure, individuals should discuss scar management options with their healthcare provider or surgeon. The healthcare team can provide guidance on appropriate scar management strategies and the potential costs associated with these treatments.

As pre-operative scar management treatments are generally considered elective cosmetic procedures, health insurance typically does not cover their costs. Individuals should be prepared to cover the expenses of scar management treatments independently if they choose to pursue them.