Surgery for transgender youth

This part is for young people who want to make a gender change. If you are not sure, please see the part for people who are questioning their gender. If you are sure you want to change how you look and act, here is how to do it.

Who can get it?

Surgery is for adults who can give legal consent.

In some cases, offered to mature minors around age 15 and up after they have:

Surgery is not reversible and has been safely performed on mature minors who understand the risks, burdens, and benefits.

What surgery can be done?

Some people choose facial gender confirmation surgery for their head and neck as part of a gender transition. This can reshape things including your forehead, hairline, throat (trachea/Adam’s apple), jaw, chin, nose, and ears. There are also soft tissue injections, facial implants, and facelifts.

Voice gender confirmation surgery

Some people want to make their voice sound higher or lower. Some are not able to do so with voice practice or voice therapy. They may choose voice gender confirmation surgery as part of a gender transition.

Top gender confirmation surgery

Some people choose surgery for their chest area as part of a gender transition. This is called top gender confirmation surgery.

Bottom gender confirmation surgery

Some people choose surgery for their hips, waist, and genitals as part of a gender transition. This is called bottom gender confirmation surgery.

For women and transfeminine people

Some of the bottom surgery choices for women and transfeminine people are:

† These genital surgeries will change their bodies so they can’t ever make children.

  • † Orchiectomy (castration or removal of testicles)
  •  Vaginoplasty (creation of a vagina)
  •  Vulvoplasty (creation of a vulva without a vagina)
  • Liposuction and fat transfer
  • Gluteal augmentation (buttock implant)
  • Hip and thigh augmentation

For men and transmasculine people

Some of the bottom surgery choices for men and transmasculine people are:

† These genital surgeries will change their bodies so they can’t ever make children.

  • † Hysterectomy (removal of uterus)
  • † Salpingectomy (removal of fallopian tubes)
  • † Oophorectomy (removal of ovaries)
  • † Vaginectomy (or colpectomy/colpocleisis, removal of vagina)
  • Phalloplasty (creation of a penis via skin graft)
  • Metoidioplasty (creation of a penis with existing genital tissue)
  • Liposuction (fat removal) and fat transfer
  • Leg augmentation

Most do not have surgery until they are able to give legal consent.