Five Ways To Cope With An Unsupportive Family Member

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 23 October 2017

Dealing with an unsupportive family member may not be as hard as transitioning, but it definitely stings. Being transgender is a part of who you are and unfortunately, not everyone will be okay with it. Coping with an unsupportive family member is tough. However, there are ways you can try: Communicate: When dealing with an unsupportive family member, communication is key. You may be hurt by their non-acceptance of who you are, but it’s important to do your best to keep the lines of communication open. Explain clearly why you are hurt by their non-acceptance and how you would like to work through this. Tell your family member that you are still the same person they know and love, you’re just finally able to be your true self. If the unsupportive family member is a parent, they may blame themselves for your transition. You can show them that there is…

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Is Top Surgery Possible When You’re Older?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 16 Oct 2017

Can you undergo FTM surgery if you’re over 50? The answer is yes! Top surgery when you’re older Getting top surgery is an important decision, whether you identify as trans or not. It is a big positive step that can be taken at any age as long as you are…

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Smoking And Surgery: The Dangers Of Smoking And Strategies To Quit

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 9 Oct 2017

Smoking is a dangerous habit. It causes cancer and disrupts your body’s natural healing process. If you are a smoker and are planning on having FTM top surgery, your surgeon will ask that you quit prior to your procedure. You will also need to remain a non-smoker during your recovery.…

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FTM Surgery And Sensation: What To Expect

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 2 Oct 2017

You may have read that FTM top surgery reduces certain sensations felt in or on the chest. For FTM surgery, because the breast tissue is removed from underneath the nipple, the amount of sensation lost varies from person to person. Why does some sensation loss occur? Breast tissue contains a…

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