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Donor Sites – How to Choose

For trans men interested in phalloplasty, one of the hardest decisions is deciding what donor site is the most appropriate. In general, there is no wrong decision for this, but there is a personalized best decision based on the patient’s surgical goals and body type. In the video link below, Dr. Crane discusses in detail the risks and benefits of each donor site: the radial forearm (RF), the anterior lateral thigh (ALT), and the musculocutaneous lattisumus dorsi (MLD) flap.

Phalloplasty Donor Site Review with Dr. Crane

Below are templates for hair removal prior to surgery. The areas shown should be done on the donor site forearm or thigh. Hair removal can be a lengthy process (varies slighly depending on size of area and hair density of the area to be treated).

RADIAL FOREARM HAIR REMOVAL AREA

ANTERIOR LATERAL THIGH HAIR REMOVAL AREA