Subtle Changes Post-op MTF Transgender FFS Breast Augmentation
If you are a transgender woman, you may be sitting on a pile of questions about surgery and its effects. Trans women might choose to undergo multiple surgeries which can undoubtedly be overwhelming. This article will look at a few subtle effects that may emerge after your surgery.
The first point to remember is that each person’s mileage following a surgery is unique. For some, the physical and psychological implications are immediate. On the other hand, a few people might feel like nothing changed at all for the first few weeks.
The late onset of psychological and emotional implications can be attributed to the fact that the full effects of your surgeries will only be visible after a couple of months- once the swelling comes down and the region of the surgery is completely healed.
However, the first and most important change you will witness is the change in your self-perception. For one thing, how you look at yourself when you see the mirror changes significantly.
This is a pertinent shift since trans people share a very complicated relationship with the mirror. The reason is that, since your exterior self doesn’t align with your innate sense of being, you may have always felt like you were peering at a stranger.
At some point, you might have glimpsed your inner self in the mirror, but that tends to be rather rare due to the dysphoria. As a result, it is natural to despise the mirror on many days.
How you perceive yourself and validate yourself may be influenced by a host of factors. We often believe that the mirror represents reality, although more often than not, our perception tends to manipulate the image.
In fact, it is possible to condition our brain to perceive certain things in certain ways- smaller or bigger, wider or narrower. If you focus on your nose for two minutes, you may well start believing that it is too big.
Especially among trans women, mirror is often used as a tool to magnify their perceived flaws. If you undergo surgeries based on your greatest insecurities as a trans woman, your perceptions will undoubtedly change.
You will become more accepting of yourself. Obviously, this comes after the stage of healing. Then, how you interact and engage with the mirror will change to a large extent.
However, do not expect it to be a sudden hate from hate to love. Your interactions will become less negative, which is a great start.
The next shift is in relation to your goals. Once you work on one aspect of transitioning and are satisfied with your results, you will feel tempted to shift to the next stage.
There is this constant desire to level up. Initially, you may have convinced yourself that you don’t need a lot of surgeries. However, with time, you may find yourself desiring more of them.
If you believe that you can improve your face or your body or your hair, you might want to go ahead with it. Your mind will constantly be on the hunt for the next possibility or opportunity for growth or development.
As a trans person who wants to transition, you obviously don’t want to remain where you started from.
Physical transitioning is important for many trans women and it is a natural desire. At the end of the day, it all comes down to feeling authentic and more connected with yourself, as well as social validation of your identity.
But this could also bring up questions about where transitioning could possibly end. It is also important to draw your own personal line so you do not overdo it to the point of it becoming an obsession.
Moreover, it is also crucial to acknowledge that you are not running out of time; you do not have to get everything done immediately. Take some time, reflect upon what you want, live with each change that you make, and then move forward.
Because the brain doesn’t work like a switch either. It requires time to process things. The integration of each of these changes also requires a substantial amount of time.
For every trans woman, the shift in the persona takes multiple years so fast-forwarding to different surgeries must be avoided. This is not something you should rush into.
The rediscovery of yourself happens on not just the physical level, but also the spiritual and emotional levels.
We hope this article has helped you set realistic expectations of your post-op changes. Good luck!!
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