The number of sex reassignment surgeries in the US increases during the pandemic

The number of men and women who have undergone some type of surgery related to sex reassignment has increased in the United States| Photo: Pixabay

The number of men and women who underwent some type of sex reassignment-related surgery increased in the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, 16,353 procedures of this type were performed, 12% more than in 2019. The numbers of other types of plastic surgery decreased 15% in the same period. Data are from the American Society for Plastic Surgery.

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

Regarding transgender women, who were biologically born men, the number of surgeries performed was 6,368, which corresponds to 13% more than in 2019, when there were 5,616.

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