Gender-affirming care for trans and non-binary patients includes a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments to achieve gender affirmation. Female-to-male bottom surgery is one of the transmasculine surgical treatments that exist for trans men who want to feel more comfortable and confident in their own bodies.
Here's what you need to know about female-to-male bottom surgery and whether it's right for you.
What is Female-to Male Bottom Surgery?
Also known as bottom surgery, the goal of female-to-male (FTM) surgery is to help trans men feel comfortable in their bodies and affirm their identity.
While non-surgical approaches such as hormone therapy exist, for some, surgery is the only option to alleviate their gender dysphoria.
What are the Different Types of Female-to Male Bottom Surgery?
The three main types of FTM bottom surgery are:
This surgical procedure involves the enlargement of the clitoris to create a small penis. Using existing genital tissue, your board-certified plastic surgeon is able to remove their current genitals—vagina and vulva—and construct an external penis and scrotum.
One of the most commonly requested female-to-male bottom surgeries, a phalloplasty, creates a penis using skin grafts taken from other parts of the body. Prior to a phalloplasty, patients will need to undergo a hysterectomy and oophorectomy—removal of the ovaries—at least eight weeks before a phalloplasty.
This surgical procedure creates a scrotum from skin grafts taken from other parts of the body.
Is Female-to Male Bottom Surgery Right for You?
There are many benefits to having Female to Male gender-affirming surgery. One of the most apparent benefits is that it can help people feel more comfortable. It can also help improve mental health and self-esteem.
Additionally, FTM surgery can often improve physical health by relieving symptoms of gender dysphoria.
What to Expect During Female-to Male Bottom Surgery
Surgery is the final step in the transition process for many people. However, preparing for surgery can be a daunting task. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in transgender care can help answer your questions and prepare you for surgery and its outcomes.
The first step in this surgical process is doing the research. Research and learn as much as you can and make sure you know what to expect both during and after surgery; this will help you make informed decisions about your care and ensure that you are prepared for what lies ahead.
Assemble a support team of family and friends who will be there for you during your recovery; this will help you to feel more comfortable and confident during the recovery process.
Female-to Male Bottom Surgery is Safe When Performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Most people generally need about four to six weeks to recover from surgery. During this time, it's important to take things easy and allow your body to heal. You will likely need plenty of rest and time to relax. It's also important to follow your surgeon's instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.
Gender-affirming surgery is a life-changing step for many transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. For a female to a male patient, this can involve various procedures.
The decision to undergo surgery is deeply personal. It is important to consult with a qualified surgeon to discuss your options and ensure that you make the best decision for your health and well-being.