Transgender individuals may seek invasive and minimally invasive procedures to align gender identity with gender expression. Traditionally, invasive procedures offered by plastic, urologic, and otolaryngology specialists may transform a traditionally male phenotype into that of a female, or vice versa. Minimally invasive laser and injectable technologies can contribute to feminization or masculinization, and the desire for these procedures is on the rise. This presentation will review the array of injectable, laser, and other minimally invasive modalities that are offered by procedural dermatologists in the clinic setting, to assist in the physical transformation of transgender individuals.
This presentation will review the injectable, light-based, and other minimally invasive services procedural dermatologists may perform to assist in the physical aspect of gender affirmation therapy. It will focus on procedures that may be offered as an adjunct to top and bottom surgeries, as well as stand-alone services that may be suitable for those looking for either a temporary physical change (as those with fluid gender identities may desire) or those who may not be healthy or fit enough to undergo the risks of general anesthesia that accompany large operative procedures. We will also review barriers to seeking such care and propose solutions to improve access.
Results : Literature review, preliminary data from an ongoing survey-based research study, as well as recollection of the experience from the authors of the paper, will be employed to illustrate and highlight the services dermatologists may offer to this population.
As the transgender population continues to grow, services provided by skilled procedural dermatologists can contribute to gender affirmation. Injectable neuromodulators, dermal and subcutaneous fillers, body contouring, and laser treatment are among the armamentarium of procedures that dermatologists are able to offer in order to provide minimally invasive procedural therapy, alone or in combination with more invasive surgical techniques.