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Gender-affirming surgeries are procedures that change the look and function of your body. There are many kinds of gender-affirming surgery. They make your body more closely match your gender identity. Some people choose one or more surgeries. Some don't. It's up to you to decide if it will be part of your gender affirmation.
There are a number of options available for gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary people in Alberta.
There are different types of surgery that can help you have a more feminine body. You may choose to have top surgery to create fuller breasts. You may choose to have bottom surgery to remove the penis and testicles. Bottom surgery may also include creating a vagina, labia, and a clitoris.
During breast augmentation, the surgeon makes small cuts (incisions) to place silicone or saline implants in the chest. The cuts may be under the breast, in the armpit, or around the nipple.
Your recovery will depend on the type of surgery you had.
After breast augmentation:
If you have surgery to remove the penis and testes:
If you have surgery to create a vagina:
There's no right or wrong way to affirm your gender. Some people choose surgery. Some don't. It's different for everyone. Here are some things to think about.
Take the time to understand who you are and why you want surgery. Think about the long-term impact on your social, family, and work lives.
Your decision to have surgery may be based on:
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Try to connect with people online or in person who've been through surgery.
Try to surround yourself with as much love and support as you can. You deserve that.
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Adaptation Date: 5/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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