Handling Fear and Objections to Trans Surgery | MTF Transgender
For transgender individuals, surgery can be an important step in their transition journey. However, the idea of going under the knife can also elicit fear and uncertainty.
This article explores common objections to trans-related surgeries and offers perspective on handling fear and objections to trans surgery. By sharing one woman's experience, it aims to provide courage to those contemplating their surgical options.
Facing Down the Fear
Surgery can be a frightening but often necessary step in a transgender person's transition. When you start learning the details of procedures like facial feminization surgery (FFS), it's normal to feel some fear.
Having someone alter your face or body in dramatic ways is scary on a primal level. Beyond just fear of pain and recovery, there can also be worries around superficiality and societal judgements.
However, those fears should not prevent transgender people from pursuing surgery if it feels right for them. Happiness and self-actualization need to be the guiding principles.
Even though surgery may seem scary, if certain procedures will genuinely alleviate dysphoria and help someone feel more comfortable in their body, those emotional and mental health benefits far outweigh temporary fears.
Weighing the Pros and Cons
When considering surgery, it's important to look at both the pros and cons. On the pro side, surgery can help transgender people fully realize and embrace their true selves. Alleviating dysphoria can also improve overall mental health and happiness.
On the con side, there are reasonable fears around cost, pain, recovery time, and results. Surgeries require a huge financial investment as most insurance plans do not cover transgender care.
The procedures themselves can be intense, often requiring hours under anesthesia. Recovering is also very painful, sometimes lasting weeks or months. And even after all that, there is no guarantee of perfect results. Complications can occur.
You have to look at all these factors and determine if, for you personally, the potential benefits outweigh the risks and costs. Listen to your heart and what feels right for your transition.
A Personal Experience with Facial Surgery
One of the great transgender women YouTubers named Ashley Adamson shared her personal experience undergoing facial feminization surgery (FFS) in stages.
At first she thought she would not need or want FFS. But over time, as her transition progressed, she realized certain procedures would help relieve her dysphoria.
She split the procedures into two phases, which helped make it financially and physically manageable. The first round addressed her cranium, cheeks, and lips. This involved complex surgery and difficult recovery. But after getting through that initial pain and swelling, she was very happy with the results.
Emboldened by the positive first experience, she scheduled a second phase of FFS focusing on her chin and trachea. She acknowledges this next surgery and recovery will likely be even more painful because of the nerves involved.
But given her first round went so well, she is less fearful this time. She knows any pain endured will be worth it for the outcome.
Pain is Temporary, Happiness is Forever
While the surgery itself is not terrible since you are unconscious, the pain during recovery can be intense.
After the first FFS procedures, the woman dealt with throbbing headaches, nausea, and difficulty eating for days. It's important to be prepared for a difficult recovery period.
However, she emphasizes that for her, the pain has been worth it 90% of the time. It is part of the journey many transgender people undergo to fully embrace themselves.
Focus on the positive outcome instead of fearing the temporary pain. There is something special about getting to transform into one's true self that others rarely experience.
Finding the Courage
Sharing one person's perspective may give others courage to pursue surgery if it feels right for them.
While there are reasonable fears around pain, recovery, and cost, the happiness and self-actualization surgery facilitates make pushing through those fears worthwhile for many transgender people.
Each person must listen to their own heart to decide if certain procedures are the necessary next step in their transition.
Handling Fear and Objections to Trans Surgery: Summary
To sum up, transgender surgery can be a daunting decision, but it can also be an important step in a person's transition journey. It's important to weigh the pros and cons carefully, and to listen to your heart about what feels right for you.
If you do decide to pursue surgery, be prepared for a difficult recovery period, but also know that the pain is temporary and the happiness is forever.