In the United States, gender confirmation surgeries are on the rise, claims a newly released data. In 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the world’s largest plastic surgery organization, found that more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine surgeries were performed.
The procedures can include anything from facial and body contouring to gender reassignment surgeries. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to gender confirmation,” said Loren Schechter, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Chicago. “There’s a wide spectrum of surgeries that someone may choose to treat gender dysphoria, which is a disconnect between how an individual feels and what that person’s anatomic characteristics are.”
‘Gender confirmation surgeries are on the rise in the United States, more than 3,200 transfeminine and transmasculine surgeries were performed in 2016.’
Access to gender confirmation procedures has improved in recent years. In just the first two years of collecting data, ASPS found the number of transgender-related surgeries rose nearly 20 percent from 2015 to 2016. Schechter noted that in the past several years, the number of transgender patients he has seen has grown exponentially. Access to care has allowed more people to explore their options, and more doctors understand the needs of transgender patients.
Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons undergo intense training to help these patients address the incongruity between their bodies and the gender they know themselves to be. Choosing a team of experts can be a difficult path to navigate. ASPS President Debra Johnson, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Sacramento, California, said that it is crucial to choose a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure the highest safety and training standards.
Gearah Goldstein worked with Dr Schechter throughout her transition and said that she had full confidence that she was in good hands. Goldstein knew from a very early age that that her gender did not align with her body. She now feels that she can live her life as the person she’s always been.