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BioTE®: The Vital Step Before Your Gender Affirmation Surgery

BioTE®: The Vital Step Before Your Gender Affirmation Surgery

By Beverly Fischer on March 30, 2018

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bioTE and Gender AffirmationLet’s be honest: puberty was an awkward and confusing period for all of us. The annoying acne, weird facial hair, raging hormones, and the numerous changes our bodies went through in a short amount of time are things that none of us will like to experience again.

Well, if you’re transgender, then puberty didn’t stop when you reached adulthood.

It’s confusing to realize your body doesn’t align with your gender and that the things that excite other boys or girls just don’t interest you. Becoming aware of your true self and deciding to transition are the first steps toward a normal and fulfilling life.

However, until you need to take a series of steps before your gender affirmation surgery.

In this article, we’ll talk about a revolutionary technique that can make this process a bit easier.

What Is BioTE® and How Does it Work with Gender Affirmation Surgery?

Most transgender people begin their journey with hormone therapy. If you are a woman trapped in a man’s body, then you will receive estrogen and antiandrogens to smooth your features; if you’re a transgender man, then you’ll undergo masculinizing hormone therapy and receive androgens.

However, this transition can take a toll on a patient’s physical and emotional well-being as the changes are often sudden and dramatic.

That’s where BioTE® can come in handy.

BioTE® is a form of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy designed to correct hormone imbalances. It works not only for transgender people preparing for gender affirmation surgery, but also for those dealing with menopause, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and so on.


BioTE® replaces the hormones lost by patients over the course of their life through pellet therapy. Pellets contain bio-identical hormones that a surgeon will insert every three to six months under the patient’s skin, on the upper part of their buttocks. They will metabolize gradually over the course of a few months and release the bio-identical hormone the same way the body would secrete hormones naturally.

Unlike regular hormone therapy, BioTE® doesn’t present the same side effects, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, memory loss, weight gain, sleep issues, and low libido. This type of therapy can also reduce patients’ risk for diabetes, cataract, or tooth loss. Have more questions about BIoTE®? Get the Ultimate Guide to BioTE®.

Is It Safe?

As with any medication, the risks and side effects vary from individual to individual and largely depend on their health and medical history. But, because bio-identical hormones are derived from plants and designed to have an identical structure to those the human body produces, you can consider them safer than other methods out there. BioTE also helps people with Osteoporosis and at risk of breast cancer.

How to Choose?

BioTE® comes in different forms, such as pills, patches, gels and creams, injections, and pellets. Out of all these options, pellets are the only ones that control the release of hormones, delivering a constant, low dosage and releasing them directly into the bloodstream. They have also been proven to be more effective than other options, like injections or topical methods.

The process of transitioning from male to female or female to male is incredibly difficult for transgender people as it is and the research you need to do to understand everything and select the most appropriate treatment will take some time. And, considering that you will have to take hormones for the rest of your life, even after gender affirmation surgery, you need be extremely careful about your decision.

At The Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery, we understand how difficult this journey can be. That’s why we have a team of experts that employ only the best hormone therapy treatments that could make this process easier for you.


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Dr. Beverly A. Fischer is passionate about her role as a leading female plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. She believes that plastic surgery makes a positive, life-changing difference, whether you’re renewing your body, face, and skin or embarking on an entire gender transition.

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