LGBT Community -- Alternatives for Changing Your Body Appearance
There are many challenges to those individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (LGBT). There are the social stigmas and other factors that may impact everyday life for those identifying with these “labels”. Another issue they face is the desire to change the way their body looks and feels to more closely resemble how they identify.
Reducing Fat in Certain Areas
Some lesbians and transgender women-to-men have a strong desire to reduce fat in certain areas so that they don’t look as feminine. These areas include the breasts, hips, buttocks, thighs and more.
One major area of concern for them is the size and appearance of their breasts. To minimize their breasts, they may resort to “binding”, which refers to various methods used to flatten breast tissue to create a flatter looking chest.
Some materials that individuals have used for binding are not safe. For example, using some household materials like duct tape and adhesive wraps can be harmful. These materials don’t move with the body and can restrict breathing and cause injury.
Some of the most popular binding methods include:
- Layering shirts
- Control-top pantyhose
- Sports bras
- Compression shirts
- Binders designed specifically for FTM/N binding
Of course, these methods are all temporary and reflect an outward appearance only when the apparel items are used. There are other more permanent options for fat reduction that are minimally or non-invasive and can be accomplished without major surgery and downtime.
On the other side of the coin are the transgender men-to-women individuals who want their bodies to more closely resemble that of a woman. Some may opt to use hormones to help change their bodies, but the results can be less effective than desired.
Cosmetic surgery procedures are available that may be more beneficial in enhancing the body for a more feminine appearance. These procedures can suction fat from one area of the body (abdomen, love handles) and implant it in more desirable areas like the hips, breasts or buttocks.
Minimally Invasive Procedures for Fat Reduction
There are some effective treatments used for fat reduction that are minimally invasive with less complications and downtime than major plastic surgery.
Liposuction is a well-known procedure in which fatty tissue is removed from the body via suction. It is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat that you can’t seem to get rid of through diet and exercise. Once fatty tissue is removed, it will not grow back in that area.
Liposuction has become the most common minimally invasive procedure in plastic surgery over the past two decades. The popularity of liposuction stems from its efficient and effective results. Prior to the advent of liposuction techniques, the only method of removing fatty deposits was open lipectomy, which is associated with potentially high blood loss and significant scars. Liposuction, however, has provided a safe and effective method of removing fatty deposits with minimal to no scarring.
Liposuction can be a solution for women wishing to look more masculine. It’s a way to reduce the fatty tissue in areas like the breasts, abdomen, hips and legs. Liposuction can be an alternative to more major surgical breast reduction surgeries in many cases. Liposuction is done in the office with local anesthesia, so complications are minimal.
Liposuction is done as an outpatient treatment in the physician’s office. A thin tube, called a cannula, is inserted into the body. It is connected to a vacuum to suction the fat. Local anesthesia is used and you will be able to return home following the procedure. Recovery varies, based on the individual; the doctor can provide a more accurate prognosis for your particular situation.
After the treatment, there may be minor bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks. Your doctor will also suggest a compression garment to help control swelling and contraction of the treated location.
The BodyTite™ procedure can be combined with liposuction to enhance the results. The procedure is FDA-approved used to not only destroy fat cells, but also treat skin laxity. Just as when you lose weight through diet and exercise, fat reduction treatments like liposuction can leave you with saggy, wrinkly skin.
BodyTite™ is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces fat through the use of Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolyis (RFAL). This solution is a way to remove fatty tissue without leaving saggy or wrinkly skin. It leaves no scarring and requires minimal downtime. This incredible treatment, paired with liposuction, can tighten the skin 35% more effectively than a traditional liposuction procedure.
Multiple areas can sometimes be treated in one visit. Results can be seen immediately; however, maximum results appear within 6 months.
If you want to supplement certain areas of your body and reduce the fat in other areas, you may want to consider a fat transfer procedure. This is a two-step process: removing fat from one undesirable area of your body and re-injecting it into another area to resculpt and enhance it. Two of the more popular target areas for fat transfer are the buttocks and breasts to give you a curvier, more feminine appearance.
The fat transfer procedure is minimally invasive, requiring small incisions for removing the fat and additional ones for injecting it. Some bruising and swelling can occur for a few days, but the body will heal within a couple weeks. You will experience optimal results within 6 months.
Non-Surgical and Non-Invasive Body Contouring and Sculpting Options
Liposuction and fat transfer are relatively safe, but they are still both considered surgical procedures. When you’re looking for a safe, effective, and totally non-invasive body sculpting technique, then BodyFX is the latest and greatest of these technologies.
BodyFX uses a special machine to re-shape target areas of the body with heat generated by radiofrequency energy, delivered by a succession of pulses. This technology heats the treatment area to a specific temperature, which is monitored throughout the procedure. When the optimal temperature is reached, the fat cells will then contract and can be killed with energy pulses.
The BodyFX procedure is painless. Patients can expect a warming of the skin and gentle pulling sensation as the radio-frequency and vacuum work to smooth out unwanted stubborn pockets of fat.
Transgender men likely have a lot of unwanted hair growing in areas of their body that they try to remove through conventional methods. Most of these methods are temporary and have less-than-desired results.
- Shaving. One method of hair removal is shaving. This is a repetitive task, which still leaves stubble and quickly regrows.
- Plucking and tweezing. Another way to remove some body hair is by plucking or tweezing it. Although the hair may not grow back as quickly as with shaving, it is still a tedious and rather painful practice.
- Waxing. Ouch!!! If you’ve ever watched the movie “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, you’re probably cringing right now, recalling the scene where he gets his chest waxed! Even if the waxing process is in a smaller, less dense area, it’s still painful and can leave rashes and burning.
How many wasted hours do you spend shaving, only to repeat the process again the next day or even later that same day? Get the smooth, stubble-free look with laser hair removal!
Laser Hair Removal
A more permanent solution to unwanted hair growth is laser hair removal. This procedure is not a new one, but advancements in the treatment allow for better results with less irritation to the skin. You can actually get a treatment on your lunch break and return to work immediately afterward.
The treatment uses a small handheld device to direct the laser at the skin. The targeted area then absorbs it, and converts it to heat, effectively killing the hair follicle. Even better, our laser system uses a specialized dynamic cooling device to protect your skin while it is treated as well as minimize discomfort.
Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.
Prior to receiving laser hair removal, you will need to avoid plucking, waxing or electrolysis for six weeks prior to treatment. Also, shaving 24 hours ahead of time is recommended and avoiding sun exposure for three weeks prior to maximize laser removal effectiveness.
Find A Better You Can Help!
Don’t settle for a body image that you don’t like or a temporary, painful or invasive procedure to correct undesirable areas. You can change your appearance by receiving treatments in our facility.
Find A Better You can help the LGBT community with alternatives to major surgery and hormones in achieving the desired changes to their bodies. You can achieve results in a very short time with minimal downtime. Our minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures are safe and effective in accomplishing the look you want.