For many people, the buildup to their transgender surgery can lead to a letdown once the procedure is complete. Postoperative depression can occur after surgery, and it can make you feel alone, despondent and as if you have lost all confidence in yourself.
How to cope with the ups and downs of recovery from transgender surgery
Not everyone suffers from postoperative depression. However, if you do find yourself down following your surgery, here’s how you can cope:
The post-surgery emotional rollercoaster: A timeline
After your surgery you will experience a rollercoaster of emotions. This is completely normal, and the below timeline will give you an idea of what this will entail.
|Day of surgery||Tired, dispirited||Sleep, rest|
|2-7 days post-surgery||Anxious, irritable, sad||Remind yourself that the surgery is a positive thing|
|8-14 days post-surgery||Scared, hypercritical||Continue to remind yourself that you’ve done the right thing by having transgender surgery|
|15-21 days post-surgery||More confident, positive||At this point you will begin to notice results, so take time to examine your new body|
|1 month post-surgery||Happy, confident, improved outlook on the surgery as a whole||Your postoperative depression may fade at this point and you will finally feel confident in the way you look|
If you are suffering from postoperative depression, you are not alone. These feelings of uneasiness and anxiety will pass in time, and you’ll finally be able to be the person you’ve always felt you were inside.