Many trans people really feel that surgery helps them feel more complete. Genital surgeries are extreme and I think it speaks to the intense motivation of those that undergo it. However, most trans people don’t actually have genital surgery at all. Many trans activists want to lower ages of consent for mastectomies and genital surgeries for youth, so in relation to minors I think it is important to understand that these are serious surgeries that many trans adults choose not to undergo. Here are some examples of how intense these surgeries are and what happens when things go wrong.