Transgender surgery: What do you use after surgery?
After your gender reassignment surgery, it is very important to use the right clothing and accessories that encourage comfortable and rapid healing. Think of, for example, an adjustable chest binder or a donut cushion which makes sitting more comfortable.
From female to male
If you go from female to male and have your breast tissue removed, you will be requested to wear a special chest binder for six weeks. Scars need constant compression to prevent edema from forming. Edema is an accumulation of fluid and tissue. This is a nasty side effect and of course not desirable! Wearing the special chest binder will reduce the possibility of this side effect.
What’s the difference between binders before and after surgery?
A binder for after surgery differs from a regular binder. The main difference: the binder for after surgery is adjustable. You can tighten or loosen the binder using the hooks or Velcro, depending on the model you choose. This allows you to adjust the tension of the binder during the recovery period to make the healing process as comfortable as possible.
What’s the difference between a basic binder velcro, advanced or binder band?
The Basic Binder Velcro has a Velcro closure so the size can be easily adjusted. However, the wearing comfort of this post operation binder is different from the wearing comfort of the Basic Binder Advanced. This advanced binder has three rows of hooks, therefore it can be worn in three different sizes. Finally, the binder band is a strapless binder which is available with Velcro or hooks. You can also order removable and recoverable shoulder straps for this band, which makes it easier to switch between a strapless or normal binder.
The surgery; Female to male
Gender reassignment surgery from female to male (FtM) is not a very common operation in the Netherlands. Two penile surgeries are possible: metoidioplasty or phalloplasty. If you have undergone this operation, we recommend to sit on the seat ring or donut pillow during the recovery period.
Seat ring for after transgender surgery
A seat ring, also called a donut pillow or donut cushion, is made for recovery time after FtM or MtF genital surgery. The pillow offers more comfort because there is no pressure on the genitals while sitting.