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Our office is quite adept at working with most insurance plans. After your initial visit with one of our surgeons, you will have a consultation with our administration/financial team, who will provide more information about the insurance process. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you.
Please contact the office you wish to speak with, and our administrative team will get in touch with you:
On the day of your surgery, you’ll want to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, as you may have bandages and/or compression garments on after your surgery. Avoid tight-fitting clothing that may constrict you.
Additionally, please leave valuables and jewelry at home, remove nail polish and acrylic nails and do not wear makeup the day of your surgery. If you use contacts, please wear glasses to your surgery instead. If you wear dentures or other prosthetic devices, please be sure to advise your medical team ahead of your surgery.
After your procedure, you will most likely experience swelling, bruising, tenderness and discomfort. These are the body’s normal reactions to surgery.
Your surgeon will provide prescriptions for pain medications, as well as compression garments, dressings and drains, depending on the type of procedure you have. If non-absorbable sutures are used, they will typically be removed around 7-14 days post-operation.
If your surgery is more complex, like facial surgery, your doctor may recommend that you stay overnight 1-2 days post-operation before heading home. All surgical procedures will require a follow-up appointment with your doctor 1-week post-operation.
We will do everything possible to ensure you are well prepared and well cared for, so you can start enjoying your results!
Some suggested supplies to have on hand after your surgery include:
Lymphatic massaging, in addition to compression, is an essential component for healing after Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), body contouring, liposuction, and many other surgical procedures. It is essential to set up your lymphatic massage sessions once you’ve established your OR date. We recommend you have at least 12 sessions for the first 4-6 weeks (2-3 sessions per week), starting 1 to 3 days after your operation.
It is important to go to a lymphatic massage therapist who has experience and knowledge about this specialized type of treatment. Luciana Andrus (based in San Francisco and Marin County) and her team are skillful and compassionate in their approach to lymphatic massaging and can be found at justforyoubodyworkmassage.com.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
We recommend that patients start hyperbaric oxygen therapy right away following their surgeries. There is no pain involved, no needles are used, it’s entirely nonsurgical and noninvasive.
In a unique therapeutic environment, you’ll breathe 100% oxygen (compared to the 21% we normally breathe) for up to two hours, as you relax and watch television. The oxygen infusion will help speed your recovery immensely and is strongly advised.
The lymphatic system is disrupted after an operation, so specialized massaging will help your body drain this fluid as you heal. This will significantly reduce inflammation, swelling, pain, and bruising; speed up the healing process; and prevent scarring, fibrosis and contour deformities.
HBOT is highly effective for gender-affirmation surgeries because it helps optimize the healing process and maximize your outcomes. HBOT has many benefits, including:
For more information about HBOT, please see here.
TransHeartLine offers services and support in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a resource for our post-surgery patients. TransHeartLine helps to provide post-operation housing and education for those in the Bay Area. This resource can be invaluable for creating a safe and supportive healing environment for those undergoing gender affirmation. Visit their website for more information: https://transheartline.org/.
For additional resources, please visit our patient resources page.
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