A Message from ISSM President, Prof. Luca Incrocci
Experts Discuss Gender Reassignment Surgery
Dear Members of ISSM,
At the recent World Meeting on Sexual Medicine in Beijing, I became your President for the next 2 years. After serving ISSM for 8 years as Treasurer and 2 years as President-Elect, I can say that I know our society very well. I am proud to see so many dedicated members serving on committees or on the Board of Directors.
ISSM's mission is to benefit the public by encouraging the highest standards of practice, education, and research in the field of human sexuality. I will work hard to fulfill our goals and to develop and assist in developing scientific methods for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of conditions affecting human sexual function. The ISSM Online University and our 4 journals will highly contribute to the medical and scientific literature in the field of sexual function.
I want to have an open dialogue with all of you and would be more than happy to receive suggestions, comments, and proposals on how to improve education and research on sexual medicine worldwide, especially in less developed countries.
Let’s do it together!
Best wishes to all,
Prof. Luca Incrocci, MD, PhD
As gender dysphoria becomes more accepted, more patients are considering gender reassignment surgery. Recently, a team of Belgian scientists examined studies on the latest surgical approaches for male-to-female and female-to-male transitions and published their findings in Sexual Medicine Reviews. The report is currently available as an article in press.
Male-to-female gender confirmation surgery focuses on several areas, the authors noted. Facial features, such as the chin, jaw, forehead, and skull, are feminized. Vocal cords may be shortened to provide a deeper voice and the Adam's apple can be minimized.
Surgeons may create breasts using implants or fat grafting. The testes and penis are removed and female genitalia, including a vagina, labia, and clitoris are created.
For female-to-male procedures, surgeons focus on making the face more masculine and removing the breasts along with excess skin on the chest. The authors discuss several options for creating a penis, such as using tissue from the forearm or the leg or extending the clitoris.
For more details on the review, please click here.