Phalloplasty is a surgical procedure to create a penis. It is typically performed on transgender men who were assigned female at birth (AFAB). The goal of phalloplasty is to create a penis that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

There are several different techniques that can be used for phalloplasty. The most common technique involves using a flap of skin and tissue from another part of the body, such as the arm, leg, or abdomen. The surgeon then constructs a penis from this flap of tissue.

In some cases, a prosthetic penis may be used instead of a flap of tissue. This is a more complex procedure, but it can result in a more natural-looking penis.

Phalloplasty is a complex surgery, and it typically takes several stages to complete. The first stage involves creating the penis itself. The second stage involves creating the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. The third stage involves creating the scrotum, which is the sac that holds the testicles.

The recovery time for phalloplasty varies depending on the technique that is used. However, it typically takes several months to fully recover from the surgery.

Phalloplasty is a major surgery, and it is important to be aware of the risks involved. These risks include infection, bleeding, and complications with the urethra or scrotum. However, the vast majority of people who have phalloplasty are satisfied with the results.

If you are considering phalloplasty, it is important to talk to a surgeon about your individual circumstances and expectations. The surgeon will be able to assess your eligibility for surgery and help you make the best decision for yourself.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) website:
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website:
  • The Trevor Project:

Phalloplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the construction or reconstruction of a penis. It is typically performed as a gender-affirming procedure for transgender men or individuals seeking to align their physical body with their gender identity.

Phalloplasty aims to create a penis that closely resembles the appearance and function of a natural penis. The specific techniques used can vary depending on the surgical approach and individual needs. Common techniques include:

  1. Radial Forearm Flap: This technique uses tissue from the forearm, typically the radial forearm artery, to create the phallus. The tissue is shaped into a tube and attached to the pelvic region to mimic the position of a natural penis.
  2. Anterolateral Thigh (ALT) Flap: This technique utilizes tissue from the upper thigh to construct the phallus. The tissue is sculpted into the desired shape and connected to the pelvic area.
  3. Musculocutaneous Latissimus Dorsi (MLD) Flap: This technique uses tissue from the back, specifically the latissimus dorsi muscle, along with skin and fat, to create the phallus.

During phalloplasty, the surgeon may also incorporate additional procedures to enhance the aesthetic and functional outcomes, such as urethral lengthening to allow for standing urination, scrotal reconstruction, and erectile device implantation for achieving erections.

Phalloplasty is a complex and multi-stage surgical procedure that usually requires careful planning, extensive pre-operative discussions, and post-operative follow-up care. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider who specializes in transgender healthcare or gender-affirming surgeries to discuss your specific circumstances, goals, and any potential risks or considerations associated with phalloplasty.