Gender Transition

Becoming the person you were born to be

Your life has brought you to this pivotal turning point of transition that has been the result of soul-searching and creating your personal path forward to becoming the person you want to be. You have thought about personal and societal factors including surgery, psychological impacts, aesthetic considerations, legal issues, and much more. Gorgeous Getaways is ready to help you along your journey if and when you are ready to move forward with non-surgical and surgical options for transition.

Perhaps you want to begin your journey with aesthetic or non-surgical treatments such as laser hair removal, voice training, or weight loss. Both non-invasive and surgical cosmetic options such as microdermabrasion and facial rejuvenation can be affordable treatments to modify your look. Other cosmetic surgical procedures represent a deeper dive into transitioning such as breast implants or buttocks implants. These options and others like them can be selected whether or not you want to have gender reassignment surgery.

LGBT-friendly Thailand is well known for the high quality of the physicians who perform gender reassignment surgery as well as offer the variety of cosmetic surgery and non-invasive procedures to begin or complete your transformation. The path ahead offers many affordable options with favorable outcomes in a setting complete with Thai hospitality. Our team will work with you on your very personal and personalized journey, building an understanding of your needs over time. Gorgeous Getaways works with three of Thailand’s top gender reassignment surgery (GRS) providers: Preecha Aesthetic Institute lead by the world’s foremost pioneer in sex reassignment surgery (SRS), Dr. Preecha Tiewtranon, and the surgical teams at Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute and Yanhee Hospital.

Nicky Carlson
Nicky CarlsonClient Consultant - Cosmetic & International Gender Transition Specialist
Nikki is New Zealand born and bred and brings a wealth of experiences to our team. Having undergone her own surgery journey, she understands the needs and emotions that go into making informed decisions. Nikki is focused on obtaining the best experience for Gorgeous Getaways’ clients. Nikki is well known and has been featured in Gorgeous Getaways – Beauty and the Beach, as well as a runner-up in New Zealand Idol.

Whether considering pre-GRS procedures like laser hair removal, cosmetic surgeries like buttock enhancement or reduction that may or may not be precursors to SRS, or gender reassignment surgery itself, our skilled providers offer the services you want.

Explore the services available to you to transition to the real you. Our comprehensive array of services and supportive staff will help you on the path to the new and improved you. Gorgeous Getaways’ team is ready to help you every step of the way. Let’s get started!After deciding on your treatment/s, please select your level of accommodation and service packages, depending on your budget and service/pampering needs.

Gender Transition Categories

Aesthetic & Non Surgical Treatments
Aesthetic & Non Surgical Treatment
Non-GRS Cosmetic Surgery Options
Non-GRS
GRS – Male to Female Client
GRS-MtoF

WPATH – Standards of Care

Gender reassignment surgery is not an “on demand” procedure. In other words, individuals cannot simply request sex change surgery without demonstrating readiness for this irreversible, life changing procedure.

Responsible surgeons worldwide adhere to a set of prerequisite steps to ensure that individuals are committed to living as a transgender person who is physically, emotionally, and psychologically prepared for sex reassignment surgery. While surgeons do exercise a certain amount of discretion to determine the readiness of an individual for gender reassignment surgery, there is a widely accepted set of standards following by qualified surgeons around the world. Those standards are reviewed and published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Inc., known as WPATH.

About WPATH

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health Inc. (WPATH) is “an international, inter-disciplinary non-profit organization devoted to promoting evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health”. ( www.WPATH.org). The organization brings together professionals and experts in many disciplines to understand and explore issues pertaining to gender identity.

As part of the services WPATH provides is the creation and publication of a document that provides general guidelines that help decide when treatment is medically necessary and appropriate for transition-related treatment. This document called the “World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care”, WPATH SOC, offer guidance to:

  • Physicians in the form of medical consensus about the treatment of individuals presenting with gender dysphoria (transsexualism),
  • Providers to develop and implement protocols for the diagnosis and assessment of suitability for GRS; and
  • Healthcare providers to establish clinical decisions to determine and offer medically necessary patient treatments.

These guidelines provide the safe parameters within which healthcare providers can offer treatment to individuals who, among other services, want to undergo sex change surgery. The WPATH SOC is available in many languages for free on the WPATH website ( www.wpath.org).

Prerequisites to GRS

The following requirements apply to Gender Reassignment Surgery only – other procedures such as facial feminization, top surgery, and similar procedures do not carry these requirements.

While surgeons do have some discretion in applying the WPATH SOC requirements when working with patients who desire gender reassignment surgery, in general, the following requirements should be satisfied before the surgery will be scheduled:

  1. Two letters of recommendation must be provided, one letter from a PhD or MD therapist/psychiatrist following the WPATH SOC format and content, and a second letter from a licensed therapist often located in the country where the procedure will be performed.
  2. Be between the ages of 18 and 65;
  3. Have had twelve months of continuous hormonal therapy for those without a medical contraindication;
  4. One year of continuous , successful, full time real-life experience living as the true gender without experiencing periods of returning to the original gender;
  5. Compliance with recommendations, if any, from a medical or mental health professional;
  6. Knowledge and understanding of the cost, lengths of stay in hospital, possible risks and complications of surgery, and post-surgical requirements including rehabilitation.

In addition to these WPATH SOC requirements, individual surgeons often have additional conditions that may include:

  • No smoking. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood stream and has a negative impact on healing. Surgeons will require patients to quit smoking before and after surgery, usually a minimum of four weeks before and four weeks after.
  • Weight requirements. The surgeon will assess whether you are a reasonable weight for surgery or if surgery should be postponed until certain weight goals are met. Heavy patients pose a greater risk during surgery, especially those with medical conditions, and their surgeries often last longer increasing the possibility of complications. Your physician will discuss your medical history with you, make recommendations about weight, and review possible risks and complications with you in advance of your surgery.

Please note that HIV does NOT disqualify individuals from surgery. HIV status must be disclosed, pre-surgical testing will be required, and providers usually assess an additional charge to HIV positive patients because of the extra precautions that must be taken during surgery.

Remember that all of your personal and medical information is maintained according to strict standards of privacy and confidentiality. It is only shared with the providers of your choice. Your communications with us and with providers are confidential and respected by our staff.

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