If the primary goal of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery is to help people feel better about themselves, we could think of transgender surgery as the ultimate cosmetic surgery.  I believe there is no type of surgery or any other field in or out of the medical world which creates such a profound and positive change in both the physical, emotional, and mental status of a person as with transgender surgery.  Sfter many years of surgical experience, I have never observed a more positive improvement in self-image as I have seen with my transgender patients.  This is what gives me such a strong feeling of self-purpose and satisfaction going to work everyday, knowing that I am helping another person to have a happier and more fulfilling life and making my life also more fulfilling and satisfying.

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I have been fortunate to have been able to attend medical school, followed by graduate training and eventual certification in both general surgery as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery.  My extensive surgical education gives me the tools to understand and perform the complex procedures involved in transgender surgery.  This includes the complexities of Male to Female as well as Female to Male facial and chest reconstruction as well as genital reassignment.

Being able to understand and empathize with the emotional needs of transgender patients has made it possible for me to connect with and be warmly accepted by the transgender community.  I have never been more happy with the work I do, finding my patients and my surgery to be enormously interesting and challenging and making my work and my life both enjoyable and meaningful.