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A Bangkok sexual reassignment surgeon shares the graphic details behind Thailand sex change procedures

Dr. Preecha Tiewtranon

Dr. Preecha Tiewtranon, Thailand’s most famous transgender surgeon, has performed more than 3,500 sex change operations during the past 30 years.
Monika Weiss, 29, from San Francisco, California, sits in the Preecha Aesthetic Institute in Bangkok comparing two different kinds of vagina. “They can invert what’s there, and put it inside. It’s called a penile inversion. That is about US$8,000 dollars here in Thailand,” she says. “They have another procedure, where they use a piece of your colon to create a vagina.” That costs $20,000, Weiss says.”I would probably go for the colon one, because it is a better quality. Certain complications are lessened with that, and it’s more durable. And I’ve been told that it feels more real.”

Weiss has come to Preecha Aesthetic Institute to place her identity in the hands of Thailand’s most famous transgender surgeon, Dr Preecha Tiewtranon. She is one of the lucky ones. When it comes to the complex world of sex changes, turning a man into a woman (using a penis to create a vagina) is relatively easy. Turning a woman into a man is far more complicated.

But it’s all in a day’s work for Preecha. “I have done more than 3,500 operations in 30 years,” he says at the modern, three-story, white-walled institute on upmarket Thonglor Road.

The process for Weiss, should she decide to go through with it, is more often than not a great success. After one of Preecha’s 15 staff surgeons slices off the male organ and plumps the breasts with implants, the newly created woman can usually enjoy sexual relations and climax, Preecha says. “Eighty percent have a relationship with a man. The rest become so-called lesbians. About 80 percent of the patients are able to orgasm,” Preecha says, noting that factors like age and hormone use also play a role in reaching climax.

Weiss admits the possible loss of her ability to climax is a concern. But like thousands before her, the urge to receive the ‘correct’ body often overpowers these lingering anxieties. And Preecha and his institute are benefiting handsomely.

more here:

http://www.cnngo.com/bangkok/play/everything-youve-ever-wanted-know-about-sex-changes-379486#

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