How to Prepare for Transgender Reassignment Surgery

Making the decision to undergo gender-affirming surgery can be exciting and daunting all at once. Although our world-class team led by Dr. Deschamps-Braly will support you and offer knowledgeable guidance at every step of the way, it can be helpful to know what to expect from the process. In order to ease any anxieties, here is a quick guide to preparing for gender-affirming surgery at our renowned San Francisco clinic.

Meet with a Facial Feminization or Facial Masculinization Expert

Dr. Deschamps-Braly is one of the world’s leading experts in facial gender-affirming surgery. As a board-certified plastic and craniofacial surgeon, he has trained under some of the foremost experts in facial gender confirmation surgery in the United States and around the world. During a consultation with Dr. Deschamps-Braly, you’ll discuss your goals for undergoing facial plastic surgery and learn more about the specific procedures that can help you look and feel like your truest self. As one of the most prominent clinics for transgender individuals around the country and the world, our knowledgeable team will help you establish a surgical plan, an appropriate timeline, and learn ways in the meantime that you can achieve a more feminine or masculine facial appearance.

Seek Support

Gender-affirming surgery can be a long process, and it’s important to have support along the way. We encourage you to partner with a mental health expert to provide support and help you along your emotional journey. Additionally, we encourage you to learn more about the gender reassignment process from our patient stories so you can understand what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Finally, because your surgery will require downtime, it’s important to speak with a trusted, responsible adult who can help you during the first few days of recovery. If you’re flying in from outside of the San Francisco area, our team can recommend the best accommodations for your stay.

Follow Pre-Surgical Instructions

Dr. Deschamps-Braly and our team will provide detailed instructions on how to get ready for gender-affirming surgery. This typically includes having any blood or lab work performed, adjusting medications, and submitting necessary paperwork. It’s also recommended to prepare for your recovery by filling prescriptions and running any errands ahead of your surgical date. Finally, if your procedure will be performed with general anesthesia, you’ll need to avoid food and drink the night before your surgery. Our surgical team will provide a detailed checklist for preparing for gender-affirming surgery and it’s essential to follow instructions for a smooth and successful procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

At Deschamps-Braly Clinic, we are the foremost experts in transitional surgery and can help ensure your experience elevates your confidence and brings you closer to your true self. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deschamps-Braly where you can learn more about the unique ways to achieve a more feminine or masculine appearance using facial plastic surgery. Contact our renowned San Francisco clinic today by calling or filling out our contact form.

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Dr. Deschamps-Braly is a board-certified plastic and craniofacial surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery, orthognathic (jaw) surgery, and craniofacial surgery for adults and children. He is also one of the world’s foremost leaders and innovators in facial gender confirmation surgery.