Genital Reassignment Animation
Female-to-male surgeries are said to be more difficult and expensive than male-to-female surgery
Each year in the US, an estimated 100-500 people undergo sex reassignment surgeries. While there are no pan-India numbers for the same, a report in The Quint states that "plastic surgeons in Delhi and Mumbai say, they are doing 20-25 (such surgeries) each year".
While the cost of male-to-female surgery in India is around Rs 2 to 5 lakh, it can go up to Rs 4-8 lakhs in the case of female-to-male surgery.
Male-to-female sex reassignment surgeries are also "easier, less expensive and generally more successful than female to male surgery", states a report in The Washington Post.
The complete transformation is not limited to genital reassignment and includes several other procedures as well, including hormone therapy and cosmetology.
Reports suggest that in several cases, individuals regret having undergone the surgery later in life.
Watch this animated video by MIC to understand the process of female-to-male sex reassignment surgery in detail.
Here's how female-to-male gender reassignment surgery works. #MicBrightsPosted by Mic on Monday, August 1, 2016
Over 1,700 male-to-female gender confirmation surgeries were performed in 2016 in the U.S., according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and around 40,000 post-op transgender people are currently living in the country. It’s an expensive and invasive procedure that allows people who are transgender to have their genitalia altered to match the gender they identify with.
The first medical gender confirmation surgery was in Germany in 1930, and it was performed on Danish artist Lili Elbe, whose story was recently brought to life on screen in the film “The Danish Girl.” The first American to have male-to-female surgery was World War II vet Christine Jorgensen in 1952.
To provide people with a clearer idea of what happens during a male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery, the European Society of Urology released the animated video above. During the surgery, the testes are removed from the scrotum and the tip of the penis is used to create a clitoris. Then the shaft of the penis and scrotum are formed to create the labia and vaginal canal. The surgery is also accompanied by psychotherapy, hormones, and often also a breast augmentation.
This story was updated Nov. 16, 2017, with new information on the number of surgeries.