Trish Hammond: Awesome. Okay, I’m here today with Dr. Mahyar Amjadi, and he’s from the Luxe Clinic in Edgecliff, Sydney, New South Wales. We’re just going to have a bit of a chat to Dr. Amjadi about his passion, which is really gender reassignment surgery. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today, Dr. Amjadi.
Dr. Amjadi: Pleasure.
Trish Hammond: Lovely. Tell us a little bit about what you do. I found it very hard, since I’ve been doing plastic surgery, over the last three years, to actually find a plastic surgeon in Australia who does specialize in the gender procedures. Can you tell us a little bit about it and why you love it so much?
Dr. Amjadi: Yeah, sure. There’s a wide variety of surgeries available, gender reassignment, or re-affirmation. It ranges from what you can do to your face, to your body, and of course your genitalia. The majority of the work that’s done in Australia especially, focuses on the breasts. I tend to focus more on the subtle things that you can change in the face. This has been the focus of a couple of trips that I’ve done overseas, and the things that I’ve done further training, just to see what it is that makes the face more feminine or masculine, and tried to focus my practice on that. Think that’s an area, with very subtle changes you can get significant in the appearance of a person, in their affirmation in their chosen gender.
Trish Hammond: Okay. So for example, if I’m transitioning from male to female, there’s certain, apart from, say a breast augmentation, there’s actual some facial feminization stuff that you can do as well? That’s what you mean?
Dr. Amjadi: That’s right, yes anything from the more obvious things, like the Adam’s apple reduction that makes a male, the most obvious sign of a masculinity, reduce that, make it make the neck more feminine. Also, there’s a lot of facial surgery can be done, reducing the angle of the mandible, getting rid of the sharp corners, and making things more rounded and more feminine. You can do the same sort of thing with eyebrows, with eyes, with the nose, with the hairline. There’s a lot of subtle changes that once you get it done to the face, you suddenly think, “Oh, wow, that’s obviously a female.”
You might not notice it if somebody just puts make up on and tries to blend in.
Trish Hammond: Okay. What about on the other side? What about for a female to look more masculine?
Dr. Amjadi: Yeah, again, looking at masculinizing a face, again, there’s definitely what you would call a masculine nose. You can augment a nose and make it look like a more masculine nose. A lot goes into the jawlines with masculinization of the face, and trying to give those sharp angles, making your chin more prominent, making the jaw angles more prominent, trying to bring out the cheekbones, and hollow out the cheeks, and making the face a lot more sharp and a lot more masculine. A lot of these things are not major surgeries. Compared to things that people generally go through for their gender reassignment, compared to mastectomies and breast construction surgeries that I have, the facial constructions are relatively minor surgery. It can have a significant impact on the way that the person looks.
Trish Hammond: Okay. One of the things that really appeals to me about your clinic is you tend to kind of tie in a lot of the natural therapies, which is not really something we see. I love it personally, it’s right up my alley. Can you tell us a little bit about how that works as well?
Dr. Amjadi: It is a bit counter intuitive in the sense, because you think that we what do is basically cosmetic surgery, and it goes against the face of a lot of alternative health beliefs. There is nowadays a good body of evidence that can show there is actually significant benefits to the use of alternative therapy. There’s proper research that shows in a number of even homeopathic remedies can help you in preparing for surgery as well speed up your recovery from it. It can reduce your swelling, your bruising. It can prime you up, so your healing is optimal, and the results that you get from your surgery is the best that you could possibly get.
Trish Hammond: Okay. Yeah, last surgery I had, I was taking mega doses of vitamins, and I recovered really, really quickly, a lot quicker than I even expected myself. Right or wrong, I attributed that to the fact that my body was so highly nutritive. I suppose for want of a better word. It just helped me get over everything quicker.
Dr. Amjadi: That’s right. If you build up your reserves, it would definitely help. Here we have the expertise to assess you and see what it is that’s missing from your system, and boost you up before you go in to any procedures, that you come out a lot stronger and recover a lot faster.
Trish Hammond: Okay. The other things that you offer as well – You offer all other types of surgery as well. Say, for example, after massive weight loss surgery, do you offer body contouring?
Dr. Amjadi: We do that after massive weight loss procedures, like all other clinics, we do a lot of Breast surgery here, I tend to also focus a lot on faces, rhinoplasty facelifts, and that sort of thing. Yeah, just general cosmetic surgery practice. My personal area of interest is, like I said, still facial aspects of transgender surgery. We definitely do all the breast surgery associated with gender reassignment as well.
Trish Hammond: Do you find as a general rule, is it a growing area, and I know the answer to that is going to be yes anyway, but is it just something that all of a sudden has gone whammo.
Dr. Amjadi: It’s more to do with, in my opinion, is more to do with awareness. I think up to now, all of the things that could have been with mainly to do with breasts and genitalia, and especially with anaesthetics becoming safer and safer, it’s becoming easier and easier to do simple changes in the face, or subtle surgeries that will a big difference. I think people are becoming more aware of what’s available. I don’t think a number of people who are seeking gender reassignment is increasing. It’s just that availability of the service is an awareness of what can actually be done that’s going up.
Trish Hammond: Yeah. I suppose probably people a bit more open to it now as well, and the fact that, yeah, they know that, “Oh, I didn’t know that I could actually myself look more feminine just by, you know, injectibles or some facial contouring, or anything like that.”
Dr. Amjadi: Yeah, by simple procedures, and also as acceptance of these things becomes more then … People feel more open to get what they always wanted.
Trish Hammond: Okay. Another thing I just want to have a quick little chat is about the non-surgical treatments that you offer at the clinical as well. I know you work with another surgeon and a doctor there as well.
Dr. Amjadi: Yeah. There is a variety of non-surgical things. It’s the usual anti-wrinkles injections, and fillers, also we have light therapy, laser therapy. Our focus tends to be whatever that we offer in this other non-surgical sense is what is going to compliment the surgery that we offer, and we’re trying to work it that way rather than the other way around. We’re not promoting ourselves as beauty spa, we’re providing our as a cosmetic surgery clinic that has a lot of non-surgical services to compliment the outcome of your procedure, or to make sure that once you choose that surgery, then that you get the best outcome.
Trish Hammond: Yeah, got it. Basically, your non-surgical is just to enhance the surgical offerings that you’ve got anyway.
Dr. Amjadi: That’s right, yeah. Although, there is a lot of people who come and mainly just have injections and go … As far as that’s like any other practice. The clinic is definitely, at the moment anyway, it’s not aiming to promote itself as a medi-spa. There’s more emphasis on the surgical side of things, and all the nonsurgical stuff that we offer, including laser and injectibles and lights, we’re aiming to enhance what you get from your surgery.
Trish Hammond: Yeah, okay, great. I suppose a lot of people might not necessarily be ready for surgery today, but think, “Okay, well I’m gonna go and see how, you know, uh what it feels like there, what the vibe’s like there. Going to have some injectables done, and, and it can almost be an natural progression sometimes.
Dr. Amjadi: I also believed that if you manage to have a routine of nonsurgical things, keep on top of, especially sun damage that we get around here in Australia, and also the age changes, with non-surgical modalities, then, when the time comes that you need something surgical done, you will need a much less invasive procedure.
Trish Hammond: Exactly. And you’re going to know who you want to go to, because you’ve already been going to them, and you’re comfortable with them.
Dr. Amjadi: You know someone that you trust. That’s right.
Trish Hammond: Yeah, exactly. All right. I reckon I’ve asked all the questions I can possibly ask on being interested to find out what you do, so that’s been really great. Thank you so much for your time.
Dr. Amjadi: It was a pleasure, thank you.
Trish Hammond: Can you just tell us quickly what your address is there at Edgecliff?
Dr. Amjadi: The clinic is called Luxe Clinic as you’ve mentioned. We are on 161 New South Head Road, just next to the train station.
Trish Hammond: Awesome. If you’re looking to have any of the procedures that Dr. Mahyar Amjadi and his team perform, just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can look up their website, which is luxeclinic.com – Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today.
Dr. Amjadi: Thank you, it was a pleasure.
Trish Hammond: Thanks a lot, bye bye.
Dr. Amjadi: Bye.