Gender Affirmation Surgery: How to Prepare

Preparing for gender affirmation surgery can seem overwhelming. Beyond all of the surgical procedures to keep in mind, you also have mental and emotional stress weighing on you. To ease some of these fears and worries, we’ve put together this guide to help you prepare for gender affirmation surgery.

You’re in a Safe Environment

Both of our doctors at West End Plastic Surgery are members of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. This means our doctors work closely with local therapists to provide you with a comfortable experience and the most information as they can. Our world-class operating suite affords our patients one-on-one care with maximum discretion. We want you to feel taken care of and welcome in our clinic.

Does Insurance Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery?

This will vary depending on what insurance coverage you have but healthcare is becoming more and more progressive. Policies are frequently changing and some insurance companies now cover these procedures partially or fully.

We are happy to work with you and your insurance company to get the surgeries you are seeking. We have had success obtaining coverage for top surgery, bottom surgery, and even facial feminization surgery in some cases. We also do our best to minimize your out-of-pocket costs and offer financing plans through CareCredit if your insurance will not work with us.

How Else Can I Prepare?

If you have questions regarding the surgical procedure itself, it’s best to speak with a doctor. It’s also important to prepare yourself mentally. If you have questions about what gender affirmation surgery is like, reach out to those who have done it before you. If you don’t know anyone personally, do research online and read first-hand accounts. These conversations may not directly apply to you but should be helpful in moving forward.

It’s also important to have a recovery plan in place after your surgery. A support system is vital to your physical and mental recovery.

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If you’d like to learn more about the gender affirmation procedures we offer at West End Plastic Surgery, call us at 202-785-4187. We proudly serve the Washington DC metropolitan area.


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