Transitioning to your authentic gender is an extremely personal journey and it can look completely different from another person’s experience with transitioning. Some people may choose to transition only socially, while others will transition both socially and medically.
If you’re going through a gender transition, it’s important to know what to expect from the process, but also remember that you can make your transition whatever you want it to be.
Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect from the transgender transition process.
What to Expect From a Social Transition
Social transitioning is generally the first step to affirming your gender and can be particularly difficult, especially if you have family and friends who are not open-minded or accepting of who you are. Social transitioning can include:
- Changing your name
- Dressing or grooming in ways that match your gender identity
- Coming out to friends and family as transgender
- Asking people to use the appropriate pronouns that match your gender (he/him, she/her, they/them)
Some transgender people choose to only transition socially so they will not undergo a medical transition.
What to Expect From a Medical Transition
Medical transitioning can look a lot different from person to person. There are several ways someone can medically transition, and someone may choose to do only one thing, such as taking hormones, while others will choose to undergo surgery. It’s entirely up to you to determine what your transition will be like.
Transgender men can undergo a medical transition in a number of ways, including:
- Hormone therapy
- Top surgery (removal of breasts and breast tissue)
- Phalloplasty (construction of a penis using skin from other parts of the body)
- Hysterectomy (removal of internal female reproductive organs)
- Metoidioplasty (causes enlargement of the clitoris and makes it act more like a penis)
If you go the surgical route, it’s important to work with a doctor who has a lot of experience and success with helping other people transition.
Transgender women also have a lot of options when it comes to the medical transition process, which can include:
- Hormone therapy
- Breast augmentation (implants)
- Tracheal shave (making the Adam’s apple smaller)
- Laser hair removal
- Facial feminization surgery (making facial features smaller and more feminine)
- Penile inversion vaginoplasty (Inverting penile skin to create a vagina)
- Orchiectomy (removal of testes)
The surgeries listed above can get pricey, but the best surgical doctors will offer financing options to help you pay for your surgeries and make it a much more achievable goal.
Understanding the Transgender Transition Process
Are you transitioning to your authentic gender? If so, you know how difficult it can be, both from a social and medical standpoint. But working with a medical professional who has a deep understanding of the transgender transition process can make it a smoother journey for you.
Here at Harley Cosmetic London, we can guide you through the medical transition to your authentic gender. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.