Transgender Surgery Specialist
If you or a loved one wants to take the physical step of becoming the person you’ve always been on the inside, Lift Plastic Surgery offers a variety of options for gender confirmation surgery. Shitel Patel, MD, has a unique team fully trained in craniofacial surgery and specializing in all types of breast surgery. Their distinctive skill set makes them ideally suited to provide facial feminization, as well as top surgery, and offer patients in Houston and Webster, Texas, the options they need to live their lives as they choose. To learn more about transgender surgery, call the office or use the online scheduling to book a consultation.
What is transgender surgery?
There are many different procedures available that can help an individual transform their physical appearance to one that matches their true inner identity. Being born with physical traits that don’t match with the way a person sees themself in every other way can be extremely traumatizing. Every patient’s desires will be unique. The goal of surgery is to bring the physical aspects of a person in line with their gender expression to make them feel whole and happy.
Depending upon which direction you’d like to go, a complete transformation often requires more than one surgery. However, the doctors make every effort to combine surgeries whenever possible, and can often work together to limit your time under anesthesia. Dr. Patel also works with other physicians and colleagues to provide you with all of the services you need.
The doctors work closely with their office partner Michele Blackwell, MD, one of the few surgeons in the area providing robotic hysterectomies for female-to-male (FTM) gender transformation. Often the two teams can combine procedures in one operation. Additionally, they work with other surgeons in Houston who are passionate about, and skilled in, providing both FTM and male-to-female (MTF) bottom surgeries.
Regardless of the gender you’re born with, transgender surgery can transform you into the person you are at your core.
What surgical options are available?
At Lift Plastic Surgery, Dr. Patel specializes in craniofacial procedures, as well as breast surgeries. These include:
Facial feminization and facial masculinization
Multiple options exist depending on your goals, including: rhinoplasty (nose job), fat grafting, and/or surgery on the jaw, the forehead, the cheeks, the lips, or the Adam’s apple. With these procedures, different features can be enhanced to give a stronger and more chiseled appearance, or the face can be shaped in a softer, less angular manner.
As experts in breast surgery, Dr. Patel offers multiple options. For MTF transformation, this might include breast augmentation with implants, fat grafting, using a patient’s own tissues to create a breast, or a combination of these procedures.
For FTM, the breasts are removed and the nipples are resized and repositioned to create a masculine contour to the chest. Sometimes this involves the use of liposuction as well. The doctors use these same techniques every day to treat their breast cancer patients. For more details on exactly how these procedures work, you can visit the other breast surgery sections of the website.
While the doctors don’t perform bottom surgeries at this time, they work closely with other specialists to whom they can refer you for compassionate and quality care.
Can the procedures be combined?
Because transgender surgery often requires several procedures, Dr. Patel aims to decrease physical and mental stress by combining surgeries whenever possible. As mentioned above, they often work together with other specialists to bring you the expert care you need.
If you’d like to explore your options in transgender surgery, please call Lift Plastic Surgery or request a consultation by filling out the online form.