Most of us have heard about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. She has been through a process many of us find it hard to fathom or comprehend having to go through. However, it is a process and transition that has seen a huge increase in numbers in recent years; not only due to a wider social acceptance but because our knowledge, technology and skills with plastic and cosmetic surgery in today’s world is almost limitless when it comes to what surgeons can do. Gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder, is described as “the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who experience significant dysphoria (discontent) with the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.” (Reference Wikipedia).
Being stuck in a body that doesn’t seem like the right one for you must be hard enough, but combine this with the social, emotional and behavioural issues associated with it, is probably one of the reasons why this group has a much higher rate of suicide and depression. However, things are slowly turning around with more high profile stories being covered in mainstream media and more plastic surgeons offering gender transition surgery.
Dr Patrick Briggs, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon from Subiaco in WA offers Gender Reassignment Surgery and says there has definitely been a spike in requests for this particular procedure in recent years. Dr Briggs says, “By the time patients come to see me, they have been through enough emotional turmoil and it has been a long and challenging journey with many highs and lows.
As a Plastic and Cosmetic surgeon it is not only my responsibility to offer an understanding of this journey but with surgery assist patients to achieve the optimal outcome in a non-judgmental environment”.
Some of the procedures Dr Briggs offer for gender reassignment are:
- MTF (Male to Female) – Breast Implants
- FTM (Female to Male) – Breast Removal
If you are considering gender reassignment surgery, you are not alone. It can be approached like any other plastic surgery. Do your research, consult with at least two surgeons to ensure you have the right one for you, and prepare! Your doctor or surgeon may also be able to advise you on any other hormonal treatments, etc. that often accompany this type of transition.
To find out more about Dr Briggs and the plastic and cosmetic surgery, or non-surgical procedures he offers, you can visit his listing here, or contact him on 08 9381 9300.