The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center is dedicated to providing Houston transgender patients with the best surgical care to assist them in their transition process. Dr. Eisemann received specialized surgery training at Yale, Johns Hopkins Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine and has been performing gender related procedures on transgender patients since 2002. Dr. Michael Eisemann's practice is informed by the 7th version of the Standards of Care issues by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Dr. Eisemann performs surgery to aid in a patient's physical transition from male-to-female (MTF) or female-to-male (FTM). He is also happy to assist those persons who do not identify with the gender binary to meet their feminization and/or masculinzation goals.
The professionals at the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center have undergone transgender competence training. Therefore we understand and are sensitive to transgender issues. Patients should rest assured that they will be treated with respect and courtesy, and taken seriously in their desires for aesthetic enhancement and transition. It is Dr. Eisemann's passion in life to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals, and this is especially true in terms of helping transgender individuals achieve their goals.
Dr. Eisemann follows the latest version of the WPATH Standards of Care that state, "Surgical treatments for gender dysphoria can be initiated with a referral ... from a qualified mental health professional. The mental health professional provides documentation — in the chart and/or referral letter — of the patient's personal and treatment history, progress, and eligibility. ... One referral from a qualified mental health professional is needed for breast/chest surgery." This letter can be written by a professional who has been in regular contact with you including: a psychologist, therapist, sexologist, or physician who prescribes gender transition related hormones.
The Standards of Care also state that the letter should include the following components:
1. The client's general identifying characteristics
2. Results of the client's psychosocial assessment, including any diagnoses
3. The duration of the mental health professional's relationship with the client, including the type of evaluation and therapy or counseling to date
4. An explanation that the criteria for surgery have been met, and a brief description of the clinical rationale for supporting the patient's request for surgery
5. A statement about the fact that informed consent has been obtained from the patient
6. A statement that the mental health professional is available for coordination of care and welcomes a phone call to establish this.