What does gender confirmation and sex reassignment surgery mean?

Series of surgical procedures that a transgender person choose to undergo in order to get the physical characteristics that match their gender identity and improve the quality of their lives. Female-to-male surgery, sex reassignment surgery, male-to-female surgery is some other terms you may come across while searching on web. Nowadays, Gender confirmation surgery is a more common term than Sex reassignment surgery (SRS) term.

What are the available gender confirmation surgeries in Istanbul?

Transgender surgeries are on the rise and there are so many procedures available now.

Some of the most common one’s are listed below:

Breast Augmentation: Male to female candidates taken strogen and anti-androgens will have change on their musculature, skin and fat distribution, all of which will make them appear more feminine. Breast tissue will be developed in eight months to one year so you can get your breast implant.

Vaginoplasty: Male to female genital surgery specifically penile inversion method is easier, less expensive, quick recovery and generally more successful than female to male surgery performed.

Facial Feminization Surgeries (FFS): For eyes, noses, brows, chins and hairlines. Trans woman choose to have their Adam’s apple shaved down so it is less prominent and get their vocal feminization surgery while in Turkey.

Facial electrolysis (beard removal), laser body hair reduction, hairline lowering, superior orbital rim reduction, eyebrow lift, cat eyes, cheek lift, facial rejuvenation procedures and they are cost efficient and available for MTF trans woman as a package deal.

FTM Top Surgery, Mastectomy: The female breast tissue is excised through a bilateral mastectomy while the nipples and areola complexes are repositioned. FTM Top surgery usually takes 1-3 hours to complete, and is performed under general anesthesia.

Do I have to have a real life experience before gender confirmation surgery?

Yes, surgeons will check the status of your transitioning, how long you’ve been on HRT and your paperworks (therapist/psychiatrist proof would be good) along with family consent form if you are a young patient.

Sounds fair but is my transgender surgery covered by insurance?

No, whether you transition to male or female, these gender confirming surgical procedures needs to be paid out of pocket, privately.

How long does it take to go from male to female?

Depends on the person. Average they say 5 years. For most Turkish trans woman it takes few years to see the max feminine effect however to complete all the surgical procedures including vaginoplasty takes around 5-6 years.

How long does it take to go from female to male?

Depends on the person. Average they say 5 years It took me  3+ years to complete all my trans-masculine surgeries.

What are the benefits of transitioning in Istanbul, Turkey?

Skilled surgeons, No waiting list, the cost of transitioning, no transphobia, close destination, sightseeings and supportive trans community.

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