GENDER AFFIRMING SURGERY IN BATON ROUGE
Gender Affirming Surgery
Transgender Surgery Overview
Gender affirmation surgery, also referred to as gender reassignment surgery or sex reassignment surgery, are procedures by which a transgender person’s physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are altered to resemble those socially associated with their identified gender. The goal of these procedures are to give you the physical appearance and functional abilities of the gender you strongly identify with.
Dr. Ruston works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will produce the desired outcome. Many of his LA patients report a re-affirmed sense of identity and improved quality of life after this procedure.
What is gender affirming surgery?
Gender affirming surgery refers to plastic surgery procedures that are performed on individuals with gender identity disorder (dysphoria) to help them transition to their desired gender. During this treatment, the plastic surgeon will transform the patient’s primary and/or secondary sex characteristics (e.g., breasts/chest, external and/or internal genitalia, facial features, body contouring) to match the identified gender.
Who is a candidate?
During your initial consultation with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will listen to your goals and desires, ask questions, and discuss options for particular procedures. Your surgeon follows WPATH standards of care for all procedures he offers. Please visit the following website for more information.
Types of Gender Affirming Surgery
Dr. Ruston offers several types of gender affirming surgeries to his patients in Louisiana and other parts of the country.
Transmasculine Top Surgery
During female to male top surgery, or gender mastectomy, the patient’s breasts are surgically removed and the chest may be contoured with liposuction. The surgeon will also alter the shape of the nipple-areolar complex in order to give it a natural male appearance. Patients who have smaller breasts can have this procedure performed via an incision in the lower half of their areola, or around the areola. More often, for patients with larger breasts, a double incision mastectomy is performed with the resulting scar placed under the chest muscle (pectoralis major) crease along with a free nipple graft.
Facial Masculinization Surgery
The majority of female to male patients achieve male facial features after hormone therapy is administered (before surgery). However, some patients who are looking to achieve a higher degree of masculinity may benefit from facial masculinization surgery. This procedure may incorporate forehead augmentation (lengthening), cheek augmentation to create a more angular shape, rhinoplasty to create a larger or wider nose projection, jaw contouring, chin recontouring, and thyroid cartilage (Adam’s Apple) enhancement.
Transfeminine Top Surgery
In this type of feminization surgery (breast augmentation), Dr. Ruston will use an incision within the breast crease to insert breast implants, typically over the chest muscles.
Facial Feminization Surgery
This is another type of male to female surgery that incorporates cosmetic procedures that address the appearance of the chin, hairline, brows, and nose. The surgeon may also reduce the patient’s thyroid cartilage (Adam’s apple). Typically, the main goal of facial feminization surgery is to ensure that the patient’s facial appearance has distinct female characteristics.
Keep in mind that the specific treatment approach to be used will be determined by the patient’s individual needs. Each gender affirming procedure is a highly complex and specialized procedure that also aims to ensure neurological sensitivity and proper blood flow.