In US, gender reassignment surgeries increase amid pandemic

The number of men and women who have had some type of gender reassignment surgery has increased in the United States Photo: Pixabay

The number of men and women who have had some type of gender reassignment surgery has increased in the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, 16,353 such procedures were performed, 12% more than in 2019. The number of other types of plastic surgery decreased by 15% over the same period. The data comes from the American Society for Plastic Surgery.

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According to the entity’s annual report, in 2020, 9,985 sex reassignment surgeries were performed on transgender men, i.e. biological women. Of this total, 8,548 were mastectomies (total removal of the breasts). This number represents an increase of 15% compared to 2019, when 7,462 procedures were performed.

For transgender women, who were organically born men, the number of surgeries performed was 6,368, which is 13% more than in 2019, when there were 5,616.

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