Channel 4’s ‘Born in the wrong body’ season has given us a series of programmes explaining the transgender state from various perspectives.
Documentaries have included My Transgender Kid, Girls to Men and My Transgender Summer Camp, while online there is an additional series of short films called My Trans Story in All 4
Elsewhere on BBC2’s sitcom Boy Meets Girl has been acclaimed for its use of a transgender actress in its portrayal of a relationship between a 26 year old man and a 40 year old transgender woman.
Attitudes to transgender are changing.
At SkinViva, we’ve received national press coverage of the skin treatments we provided for Alexis Vanlee, who was born Paul Mitchell and spent years working in the male-dominated motoring industry.
The facial feminisation treatment we carried out has helped her to look more feminine with use of dermal fillers to lift the tip of your nose and create fuller, higher cheekbones. The eyes were also feminised by using Botox to lift the eyebrow and smooth out crow’s feet to create a more almond shape.
The patient had already grown her hair and taken hormones to improve her skin and create a more womanly bodyshape.
Yet facial features can be quite a barrier to feeling fully feminine inside and out. The treatments which we provided made a massive difference not only to how she looked, but also to how she felt.
Alexis told New! Magazine :
‘…having a womanly face for the first time ever has given me the confidence I need to start my life all over again.’
Use of long-lasting dermal fillers means that we can offer highly effective treatments to help those transgender patients who wish to subtly feminise – or masculinise – their facial features.
It’s a challenging and exciting new area for practitioners too, requiring an acute sense of aesthetics.
by Dr Tim Pearce, MBChB BSc (hons) MRCGP