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Offline MountainIsa

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Simple meta experiences?
« on: September 08, 2020, 02:16:02 pm »
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone on this forum has had simple metoidioplasty + mons resection but without urethral lengthening or vaginectomy and might be willing to share their experience?  I've struggled to find much information, including images on Transbucket, so I'd appreciate any and all experiences that anyone might have to share.  I'd especially be interested to hear how you ultimately chose the surgeon you went to and how healing went.

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Isa

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Re: Simple meta experiences?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2020, 03:09:59 pm »
Hello!
I had a metoidioplasty without urethral lengthening. But I did have the vaginectomy as well as a scrotoplasty and mons resection).

I’d be happy to share some of my experience but I thought I’d see if you would find it useful given it’s not exactly what you’re looking for. I do have a couple threads about my experiences on this sub forum as well so I’m happy to summarize or answer any questions you have.

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Re: Simple meta experiences?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2020, 05:33:31 pm »
Hi Dex,

Thank you for being willing to share your experience with having meta.  While the details differ from what I'm considering, I'd still be interested to hear about your experience, especially in terms of how you chose the doctor you saw for it and how healing was for you, say vs. top surgery.  For me, top surgery wasn't very painful but it took nearly eight months to regain full range of motion in my shoulders.  How was meta with mobility?

A key reason why I'm considering having meta is because I would like to be able to safely travel to certain countries where it could be dangerous if it was discovered that I wasn't assigned male at birth.   For that, I just need things to look "natural" (even if small) in a locker room setting, which is why I basically want the minimum possible done to achieve that.  Any insight you can provide in terms of experiences in very gendered spaces like locker rooms or shower facilities, etc., would be much appreciated.  As-is, I haven't had any problem in locker rooms, even while changing in the open, but I could see that maybe not being the case everywhere.

Thanks for your reply!

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Re: Simple meta experiences?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2020, 09:39:53 am »
Hello!
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I’ll try to take the questions in order and expound on things. Let me know what questions you have about anything or if you need clarification.

- how did I decide on a surgeon? I started with narrowing down specifically what I wanted out of surgery and then used that to narrow down my surgeon choices. I’m in the US and didn’t want to travel internationally if I didn’t have to. I knew I wanted a meta, I knew I wanted a mons resection, I knew I wanted a vaginectomy (I had had a hysterectomy a few years before), I knew I wanted a rotational flap scrotoplasty (this creates the anteriorly placed hanging, fused scrotum). The rotational flap scrotoplasty is probably one of the biggest steps toward “locker room passing” as it really does create a more normal looking scrotum. At the time I had my first surgery (just over 2 years ago), that narrowed my search down to two surgeons I felt had a lot of experience in what was important to me. I didn’t get a great feel from the first surgeon I contacted as his office didn’t get back to me very quickly. He was closer to me travel wise, but I ended up going with the second surgeon (who was my first choice) and have absolutely no regrets. Both my first and second phases were handled wonderfully and I’m very happy with the outcome. I still do have a bit of retraction post op but once this COVID stuff is over I plan to have one more small touch up surgery for those couple cosmetic things.

- how does it compare to top surgery? Honestly, I felt this recovery was easier than top surgery. With phase 1, I had the metoidioplasty, the vaginectomy, and the scrotoplasty. There is a LOT of reconfiguration in that first surgery and I did have some wound healing issues at some of those junctures. The main “issue” post op is swelling. That’s a very very vascular area and the swelling is crazy ridiculous. They tell you it will be swollen but nothing prepares you for just HOW swollen. It wasn’t particularly painful, just uncomfortable. Though sitting straight up was a challenge for quite a while. The wound healing took the longest, but I was still light jogging a 5k obstacle course race at about 9 weeks post op. Because there is no muscle involvement, or really a lot of muscles that come into play there, you don’t have the same kind of long term soreness that comes with top surgery. The swelling and healing was mostly done by 12 weeks post op but it took almost 9 months for the scarring to completely relax out. It didn’t impact my life in any major way, but I could definitely tell erections got more length by 9 months post op. At 9 months post op, I had phase 2 which was the mons resection and the testicular implants. After that surgery, I love how everything looks. In underwear, you’d never know I wasn’t born male bodied (maybe a smaller than average phallus but the scrotum placement, implants, etc all give quite a bit of bulk and visually look completely normal). If I’m completely nude, yeah you can tell I’m waaaaay smaller than average but my scrotum looks “normal” and unless you’re staring at it a long time, you’d just think I was born particularly not well endowed. I had great healing with phase 2 and was back to all my normal activities at about 8 weeks. Again, the scar tissue took 6 or so months to really start to loosen up but almost 1.5 years out from that surgery everything is looking and feeling great.

I think that covered most of your questions... let me know if I missed something.

The thing about meta is you are 100% locked down to whatever you were naturally able to grow once you started testosterone. They can’t make it bigger. The scrotum is also somewhat dependent on what you have available down there for tissue but most people have enough to fit two implants. I have, admittedly, been very very fortunate in the genetic lottery. I had (according to my surgeon) the largest scrotum they’ve ever created so I had no issue with the implants. I also am fortunate with phallic length. I started using (with my docs blessing) cialis post op and that has really helped with the firmness of my erections. With pumping, I can achieve almost 4 inches in length and am able to have penetrative intercourse with my wife. It has been amazing. When not erect, I still have some scar tissue retraction so only about an inch or so is visible. That is one of the cosmetic issues I’d like to have corrected but it’s not an urgent need. I definitely feel whole having had these surgeries.

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