Category Archives: Surgery

Update on cases of lymphoma linked to textured breast implants in transgender women (BIA-ALCL)

I’ve previously covered emerging findings on breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma caused by the textured surfaces of some implants used in breast augmentation surgeries. Textured surfaces have been used in some breast implants to … Continue reading

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Why do trans women and transfeminine people choose orchiectomy as a standalone surgery?

For trans women and transfeminine people, vaginoplasty – the surgical construction of a vulva and vagina from the penis and scrotum, along with grafts of other tissue as needed – is certainly the most well-known genital surgery undertaken as part … Continue reading

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How likely are trans women to seek breast augmentation?

Feminizing hormone therapy induces the growth of breast tissue in trans women and transfeminine people, and this tissue is essentially identical anatomically and histologically to the breasts of cis women (Phillips et al., 2014). Although final breast size can be … Continue reading

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The diverse range of hair transplantation options for trans people

Note: Some images depict small amounts of blood. Hair is an item of significant concern for trans people during transition: hair, its style, and its presence or absence in various areas can be a factor both in one’s experience of … Continue reading

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Trans women may face a higher risk of breast augmentation complications compared to cis women

Breast augmentation is a common gender-affirming surgery sought by transgender women and transfeminine people. Even with feminizing HRT, trans women typically do not experience the same degree of breast growth as cisgender women (Reisman, Goldstein, & Safer, 2019), and studies … Continue reading

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