Rachel Bluebond-Langner, MD
NYU Plastic Surgery Associates
WPATH Standards of Care Yes
I perform both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. I also work closely with a team of specialists, including urologists, mental health specialists, and pediatricians, to provide safe, gender-affirming procedures for transgender individuals. We strive to achieve an appearance and anatomy that is congruent with each person’s identity.
I offer both feminizing and masculinizing procedures. For transgender women, I perform facial feminization, including hairline advancement, brow bone reduction, cheekbone augmentation, rhinoplasty, genioplasty, tracheal shave, breast augmentation, and vaginoplasty. For transgender men, I perform chest masculinization, or “mastectomy,” body contouring, and phalloplasty. I also offer revisions of previous surgery.
Our team is at the forefront of innovation and research in gender-affirming procedures, conducting studies to improve safety, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction. My studies specifically compare long-term outcomes of surgical procedures and look for ways to improve them by using advances in biomedical and tissue engineering. Through research and innovation, we aim to improve competent and overall healthcare for transgender and gender nonconforming people.
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I highly recommend NYU and Dr. Bluebond-Langner. She has more of an "under promise and over deliver" attitude, and doesn't let her ego get in the way of giving you accurate information. This can come off as firm, but she isn't inflexible, and her attitude was so refreshing compared to other plastic surgeons I've met with. She was happy to perform a "nonbinary" type lower surgery for me, and alter the order of operations in order to accommodate my priorities and needs. It can be frustrating to get in contact with the office at first, but they've always dealt with my insurance way far in advance and been super clear with me about paperwork and timelines. NYU is really into their own reputation, and hospital is excellent in terms of attention and nursing care (hygiene, medication timing, nurse to patient ration) but like any other extended hospital experience I've had (as a binary identified, passing trans guy with all my documents updated) there were moments where nurses and other staff made me uncomfortable. There was nothing shockingly egregious, and if there had been, it's really clear who to contact from the trans surgery team.
I can't recommend Dr. Bluebond-Langner and her support staff more! Initially getting a consult can be difficult, but once I was an established patient, I had an amazing experience.