Tag: Plastic Surgery

What I Did During My Winter Break

| Feb 18, 2019 | Reply

Lynda Martini has gone through round one of feminization surgery and is now a “silicone sistah”as she puts it. Just a few weeks ago she had facial feminization and breast implants. Today she discusses why she went that route and considers whether she will take the next step on her path — getting a vagina. She wonders about her future when that happens and postulates several ways things that things could turn.

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GRS: More than a little penectomy, orchiectomy, and vaginoplasty

| Sep 19, 2016 | Reply

Canadians have the advantage of getting their healthcare taken care of by their government. There is no need for health insurance in Canada as each citizen has government paid healthcare. But, and you knew there just might be a “but,” trans people in Canada can get their GRS covered — and nothing more. The government plan does not pay for removal of testes, hormones, breast implants, trachea shaves or voice surgery. Linda Jensen tells the story of one woman, along with several comments from other trans women, and lays out the case for the health plan to cover more.

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Dr. Sherman Leis: Let Intersex Children Choose

| Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

Children With Ambiguous Genitalia Should be Given Time to Decide Which Gender They Identify With (Philadelphia, PA) – Children with intersex conditions — those born with genital ambiguity – should be allowed time for their brains and gender identity to develop naturally before their gender is decided, says Dr. Sherman Leis, renowned transgender surgeon and the founder of The Philadelphia Center […]

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The Doctor Will See You Now — On Skype

| Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

Internet technology has made communication around the globe less expensive and faster. Now applications like Skype, FactTime, and WhatApp are being used in innovative ways that could only be imagined a few decades ago. Now a gender reassignment candidate in Dubai can consult with Dr. Sherman Leis in the U.S. without traveling across the ocean. Learn how Dr. Leis is using modern technology to help patients around that world.

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Just Why do Many T-girls Head to Thailand for GRS?

| Aug 3, 2015 | 2 Replies

Despite it being possible to have any and all necessary surgery in the US or one of the European countries, many trans women opt to come to Thailand–but why? Christine Burr has a number of reasons why people make the trek to Thailand to complete their transition.

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The Promised Land: GRS for the poor?

| May 18, 2015 | Reply

Amanda is a low income trans woman living in San Francisco. That’s an are that seems like The Promised Land to those seeking gender reassignment since state law mandates that health insurance providers must cover trans related issues. Amanda reports that it’s not all that simple, or easy, to get your surgery covered. Find out what she’s learned so far.

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Senior Transition

| Mar 23, 2015 | 1 Reply

A growing number of senior citizens are undertaking gender transition. Why are people waiting till their 60s and beyond to live in their true gender? Dr. Sherman Leis, the Philadelphia area based surgeon who established the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery has some thoughts on the phenomenon.

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Tracheal Reduction — Another Step

| Mar 9, 2015 | Reply

Christine Zee felt that her neck needed to be smoothed and the trachea bump had to go. She investigated the options for a tracheal shave and picked a surgeon she trusted. What is it like to commit to having your neck opened and your trachea reduced? How is the recovery process? Is Christine happy that she elected to have her trachea shaved? Read Tracheal Reduction — Another Step and learn the answers.

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Uterine Transplants for Transsexuals?

| Mar 2, 2015 | Reply

(Philadelphia, PA)  Dramatic breakthroughs in medical science could change the transgender world as we know it. A recent uterine transplant at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, together with in vitro fertilization, resulted in the birth of a healthy and fully developed child, carried to term by its birth mother. The procedure, initially developed to […]

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Dr. Sherman Leis’s Predictions for TG Trends in 2015

| Dec 8, 2014 | Reply

(Bala Cynwyd, PA)  Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, one of the leading resources for transgender surgery and medical support in the United States, has identified 10 important trends that will affect America and its transgender community in 2015. “Although society has made a great deal of progress for the […]

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Dr. Sherman Leis on the Rarity of Sex Change Reversal

| Nov 17, 2014 | Reply

(Philadelphia, PA) Recently, there has been much controversy in the news surrounding the issue of, “how young is too young for transgender teens to undergo sex change operations?” As more and more transgender people, including teenagers and children are becoming more comfortable outing themselves in today’s society, this question often arises once they begin to […]

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Dr. Leis on TGs and The Affordable Care Act

| Sep 8, 2014 | 1 Reply

(Philadelphia, PA) – The transgender community celebrated the groundbreaking U.S. Government’s recognition of gender dysphoria and its coverage of transgender surgery under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  However, as the law begins to be implemented and real transgender people attempt to use its coverage, they are starting to discover its acute limitations, even to the […]

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Dr. Sherman Leis Receives Award

| Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

(Bala Cynwyd, PA)   Dr. Sherman Leis, transgender surgeon of international renown and founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, was recognized by the Caroline Grace Foundation for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of the transgender community.  In remarks given by Caroline Temmermand, Chair of the Caroline Grace Foundation, at an awards ceremony in the […]

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Transsexualism at Sixty: Part II

| Mar 4, 2013 | Reply

Dallas Denny wrote a paper 20 years ago. Forty years had passed since Christine Jorgensen’s return to the U.S. after SRS in Denmark, so Dallas called the piece Transsexualism at Forty. Now her paper is 20-years-old and transsexualism is 60. Here’s part II of her update.

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Transsexualism at Forty

| Jan 7, 2013 | 1 Reply

Twenty years ago Dallas Denny took a look at transsexualism, and this article resulted. In next month’s column Dalla will take a look at her ten observations from twenty years ago and see how they hold up. She might even add a couple of new points.

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Dr. Sherman Leis — Discrimination Against TG Patients

| Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

(Bala Cynwyd, PA)  Transgender men and women are all too familiar with discrimination in the workplace, in public, even in the restroom. However when a person is sick or in need of medical care one would think that hospitals and the medical community would be welcoming to all. This is far from being an accurate […]

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The Silicone Wars

| Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

Injected silicone — pumping — disfigures and kills transgender women who turn to it seeking a quick fix for feminine curves. The results of pumping can be twisted and distorted features, severe pain and death. Yet the practice persists. Dallas Denny talks about pumping and its deadly toll.

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A Look at the WPATH Standards of Care

| Sep 19, 2011 | Reply

Dallas Denny has mixed feelings about the Standards of Care and gives us both the pros and cons in this installment of WPATH and The Standards of Care. Do the Standards serve transmen well? Why shouldn’t a transwoman get breast augmentation when she wants? Dallas answers those questions and more.

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Technologies of Transformation

| May 2, 2011 | 1 Reply

Dallas Denny provides an in depth look at the various techniques used to modify the body to make it more feminine or masculine. From hormones and electrolysis to surgeries and silicone, Dallas takes you through it all.

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Book Review: Facial Feminization Surgery By Dr. Douglas Ousterhout

| Mar 8, 2010 | 1 Reply

Let me begin by saying I have never remotely contemplated facial feminization surgery (FFS), or any surgery for that matter, and I hope the tonsillectomy I had at age eight is all the surgery I will ever need. Having said that, I found this book to be quite interesting and for anyone who is considering […]

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