Surgeries for gender diverse people

Sex and gender minorities may be interested in surgeries developed for transgender people.

Facial surgery

Some people wish to make their faces look more feminine or less masculine.

Other people wish to make their faces look more masculine or less feminine.

Speak with your surgeon about your goals, which could include new combinations of available procedures.

Voice surgery

Voice surgery is typically chosen by people who wish to raise the pitch of their voices and cannot do so with voice practice or voice therapy.

Some people wish to make their voices sound more feminine or less masculine. Those whose voices had lowered during puberty cannot reverse that lowering with hormone blockers.

Other people wish to make their voices sound more masculine or less feminine. The easiest way to accomplish this is by taking androgens, but not everyone wants that option.

These goals can be accomplished with surgery, including bringing the voice pitch into range in the middle of typical masculine and feminine pitch.

Top surgery

Some people choose surgery for their chest area as part of a gender transition. This is called top surgery involves reshaping the area to match the client’s gender expression.

Some people wish to make the area above their torsos look more feminine or less masculine.

Other people wish to make the area above their torsos look more masculine or less feminine.

Bottom surgery

Communities including eunuchs, smoothies, nullos, genderfluid, and nonbinary people who wish to have orchiectomy performed are encouraged to do this with a qualified practitioner. Other options include penectomy, vulvoplasty, and other procedures outside binary genital configurations.

Communities including stone butches, genderfluid, and nonbinary people may wish to have a hysterectomy, or oophorectomy. Other options include vaginectomy and other procedures outside binary genital configurations. These include the suite of procedures available to trans men.

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