Transmen, or transgender men, may undergo various surgical procedures as part of their transition process. The specific procedures chosen can vary based on individual preferences, goals, and healthcare provider recommendations.
Here are some common surgical options for transmen:
⦁ Top Surgery (Mastectomy): Many transmen opt for chest masculinization surgery, also known as top surgery or mastectomy. This procedure involves removing breast tissue to create a more masculine chest contour. There are different techniques available depending on factors such as breast size, skin elasticity, and desired results. Some individuals may also choose to have nipple grafts to create a more natural appearance.
⦁ Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy: Some transmen choose to have a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) to alleviate gender dysphoria and reduce the risk of certain health issues. These procedures can also eliminate the need for menstruation and pregnancy-related concerns.
⦁ Metoidioplasty: Metoidioplasty is a surgical procedure that involves releasing the clitoral hood and ligaments to enhance the visibility and functionality of the clitoris, which has been enlarged through testosterone hormone therapy. This procedure may also include urethral lengthening to allow for standing urination.
⦁ Phalloplasty: Phalloplasty is a complex surgical procedure that involves constructing a neophallus, or a new penis, using various techniques. This procedure can involve the use of donor tissue, grafts, or implants to create a phallus with the potential for sensation and the ability to achieve erection. Phalloplasty is a multistage process and often requires multiple surgeries.
⦁ Scrotoplasty: Scrotoplasty involves creating a scrotum by using existing tissue or grafts. This procedure can be done in conjunction with metoidioplasty or phalloplasty to provide a more complete male genital appearance.
It is important to note that these procedures have different considerations, potential risks, and recovery times. The decision to undergo any surgery is highly personal, and individuals should consult with qualified healthcare professionals experienced in transgender healthcare to discuss their goals, options, and any potential complications.
Additionally, it’s essential to consider that not all transgender men may choose to undergo surgical interventions as part of their transition. Transition is a unique and individual journey, and each person’s needs and preferences may vary.