What is Gender Dysphoria?
If your gender identity doesn’t match the gender you were assigned at birth, you could experience distress. Gender dysphoria manifests in many ways and has a multitude of triggers. It can lead to:
- Strong identification with the typical feelings and behaviors of a gender you weren’t assigned at birth, and despair that others don’t see it
- Preoccupation with your primary and secondary sex characteristics and how they don’t fit
- Preoccupation with the primary and secondary sex characteristics of other genders and an emotional need to have them
- A strong dislike of your physical form to the point of emotional suffering
- A need to be socially, professionally, and emotionally treated as the gender matching your identity rather than your body and upset when it fails
Difficulties with these struggles can lead to a host of concerns, such as refusal to engage in events, go to places, or do things that magnify the patient’s triggers—formal gatherings with a specific dress code, gender assigned locker rooms or bathrooms, and clothing shopping. Dysphoria can impair relationships, cause depression and suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, and more. None of these should simply be suffered through.
How Does Top Surgery Work?
We offer both FtM (Female to Male) and MtF (Male to Female) top surgery options for our transgender patients to help alleviate gender dysphoria and realign your physical appearance. For FtM patients, top surgery is removal of the breast tissue and sculpting the remaining tissues to a more masculine profile. This can involve nipple relocation and areola reduction. For MtF patients, top surgery can be performed after a year on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This allows your body to grow natural breast tissue and expand the skin of your breasts. When the time is right, breast implants are typically placed to give you the beautiful, feminine chest shaping true to your real identity.