For some people the gender they are born with simply never feels right to them and they feel that who they are on the outside does not reflect who they are on the inside. This can be an extremely painful realization and the individual may wrestle with the idea of a sex change for many years before actually making the decision to take the next step. A sex change in Thailand is a chance to make a new and more fulfilling life for the individual.
Sex change surgery in Thailand is a series of procedures designed to alter your gender appearance, fromMale To Female or alternatively, from Female To Male. This is achieved by combining a series of procedures, like breast augmentation, Adam’s apple shaving, jaw line reduction, rhinoplasty, cheek augmentation, alterations to the sex organs, a brow lift and voice alteration.
What is the length of the surgery?
The length of the surgery varies from 4 – 8 hours depending on the range of procedures being performed.
Who is a candidate for sex change surgery?
The requirements are for the patient to be physically healthy and over the age of 20. The patient must have a strong desire to undergo the surgery for personal reasons and must have undergone twelve months of counseling to ascertain that they are psychologically ready for the alteration. At the same time the patient must live one full year as a full time, real life experience as the opposite gender whilst undergoing hormone therapy.
How is the surgery performed?
The most dramatic change will be made to the sexual organs, dependant on whether the alternation will be from male to female, or female to male. Incisions are made in the pelvic floor and a neo vagina is created, the penis is split and the urethra is repositioned. The scrotal skin is cut and the testes are removed. The skin is then used to create the labia minora and labia majora to resemble female sexual organs. For females, the process is a three stage one, involving breast reduction, removal of the ovaries and uterus, vaginal closure, urethral lengthening and prefabrication and then phalloplasty, or fabrication of the male sex organ.
What does a patient expect from sex change surgery in Thailand?
The patient can expect to come away with an aesthetically correct, functional and sensate sexual organ that will allow for proper urinary elimination while retaining orgasmic capabilities.
What are the risks and side effects of sex change surgery in Thailand?
There is a risk of bleeding, bruising, infection, intra-vaginal hair growth, wound healing problems, necrosis, hypertrophic scarring and recto-vaginal fistula.
How long does the patient need to remain in hospital?
The patient can expect to stay in the hospital under close supervision for 16 nights after the surgery.
Are there any noticeable scars?
There will be noticeable scars with some red spotting for the first few months but they will fade over time.
What type of Anaesthesia is used during the sex change operation?
General anaesthesia is used so that the patient sleeps through the procedure.
Frequently asked questions:
How long after the operation can sexual activity be resumed?
The patient should wait a minimum of two months before engaging in any sexual activity after sex change surgery in Thailand.