Deciding to have transgender surgery is a very personal and emotional step in your life. At Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, our plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald and staff are here to guide you during every step of that journey. We strive to provide you with in-depth information so you can make the choices that best meet your goals. Whether you’re in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Naples, Sarasota, elsewhere in Florida, or elsewhere in the United States, you can trust that Dr. Greenwald will give you the natural transformation you desire.
When discussing transgender surgery, it is important to note that a letter of recommendation from a therapist is required for a procedure to be performed. We feel it is vital that someone skilled in the field of transgenderism should know you and be there for you as you go through this journey. If you don’t already have a therapist, we suggest you make that your first order of business. A licensed psychiatrist or psychologist can help you find the right counselor for your needs.
Once we receive your letter, we will conduct a personal interview and consultation, which involves a complete physical examination. This should provide you with all the information you need to decide whether a sex change operation is right for you.
Female to Male Transgender Surgery
Female to male transgender surgery involves hormone therapy, phalloplasty, and the following procedures:
- Metoidioplasty—this transgender surgery procedure equips women in transition the ability to urinate while standing up. It involves using the woman’s clitoris to create a small phallus. The constructed phallus functions well, but it’s limited to the size of the clitoris plus an additional length of one-half inch.
- Vaginectomy, hysterectomy, and oophorectomy—these transgender surgery procedures are performed to remove the vagina, uterus, and ovaries. It is best for all of these operations to take place as soon as possible and at the same time since eliminating these organs will lower your hormone requirements. Once these organs are removed, scrotal sac is created during a procedure called scrotoplasty.
The cost of these transgender surgery procedures ranges from $18,000 to $25,000. Additional surgeries, listed below, can enhance your new body further:
- Radial artery forearm flap—this procedure involves removing tissues from your forearm and transferring them to your groin using an operating microscope. This transgender surgery can provide sensation, urinary “hook up,” and the best cosmetic results possible. The radial artery forearm flap is your best opportunity for receiving an implant for erection, although you can run the risk of having flap loss and urinary complications with this procedure. Plus, there will be a significant scar on your or the donor’s forearm. Similar transgender surgery procedures include muscle and skin flaps for phalloplasty, but these are reserved for patients who have modest means and goals. The cost for the radial artery transgender surgery ranges from $40,000 to $60,000.
- Breast contouring surgery—this procedure differs from the typical breast reduction plastic surgery because this transgender surgery involves reshaping the breasts to create a more masculine contour. During this procedure Dr. Greenwald removes any excess breast tissue and repositions and resizes the nipples. Scar size and visibility varies depending on how much breast tissue and skin is removed and asymytery is possible. The cost ranges from $4,000 to $6,000.
When undergoing these procedures, patients run the risk of bleeding, infection, and excess scaring.
Male to Female Transgender Surgery
Male to female sex reassignment surgery typically includes the following procedures: penectomy (removal of the penis), orchiectomy (removal of the testicles), vaginoplasty (creation of a vagina), urethroplasty (plastic surgery altering the urethra), and labiaplasty (plastic surgery to create labia majora and minora). These transgender surgery procedures create a natural looking perineum and a vagina of adequate depth and width for intercourse. This procedure lasts about 4.5 hours. If you undergo this transgender surgery, you could be at risk of bleeding, developing an infection, prolonged swelling, urinary complications, and recto-vaginal fistula. Scarring is possible as well, but the odds of this are small since Dr. Greenwald uses a surgical approach that minimizes scar formation.
After your transgender surgery, you will need to stretch your neo-vagina to prevent it from contracting. You can easily achieve this by doing daily exercises using rubber vaginal inserts, know as vaginal dilators, for about six months. You are able to have sex six weeks after your operation and intercourse helps maintain the vaginal depth and width better than any other activity.
Breast augmentation surgery is also a part of male to female transgender surgery. At Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Dr. Greenwald usually gives patients a full C cup in order to balance the figure and provide a proportional look to the body. Go to our breast augmentation page for more information on this procedure.
Contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery today at 888-840-3199 for more information on transgender surgery. We are happy to be here for you as you start this new chapter of your life. Our staff looks forward to hearing from you whether you’re in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Naples, Sarasota, Florida, or beyond.