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

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 9 October 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. Why you need to quit smoking before surgery During your FTM procedure, your surgeon will need to make incisions in order to excise the breast tissue to create a masculine-looking chest. The incision sites will turn into wounds before they heal completely. When you smoke, you are exposing yourself to higher chances of surgery-related complications like stroke, heart attack, shock and even death. Smoking limits blood flow and weakens the immune system, which makes your body have to fight harder to prevent infection and heal the wounds properly. Plus, after FTM surgery, smokers are more likely to scar since the…

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How To Talk To Your Family Members About Transitioning

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 6 Sep 2017

There is no right or wrong way to tell your family that you are transitioning. Whichever way you choose, remember that there is nothing wrong with you and you are allowed to live as your true self. Even if you are not considering transgender cosmetic surgery yet or have already…

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5 Best Movies and TV Shows to Watch While Transitioning

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 16 Oct 2015

Movies and TV shows have changed a lot over the years. The number of programs that are addressing transgender issues and representing strong transgender characters has perhaps been the biggest shift in mainstream entertainment. These movies and shows bring a greater awareness to what it means to be a transgender…

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3 Tips to Ease Anxiety While Transitioning

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 2 Oct 2015

The transition period for FTM individuals can be difficult without the proper support systems in place. Transgender individuals face a unique set of challenges that other don’t, and should must implement strategies to ease anxiety while transitioning. Those around you may not understand the process of transitioning from one gender…

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FTM Surgery Pre-Operation Tips

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 12 Mar 2014

Preparing for FTM surgery doesn’t have to be daunting task. Once you’ve decided to undergo the operation, you should begin making a checklist. Divide the different aspects you’ll need to consider into three simple columns: lifestyle, medications and logistics. Take a look at the details for each topic below. Doing…

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