How Cosmetic Injections Can Help Trans Men

The Trans Men Getting Cosmetic Injections To Look More Masculine

Collage: Marta Parszeniew

I feel the needle slide into my face, like a cat scratch, and hold my breath. It’s over in less than a second and the clinician smiles down at me. “Does it hurt?” he asks. “Do you need a break?” I say no, I’m fine, and we continue. Approximately 30 injections go into my face over the course of the next 15 minutes until my cheeks and neck begin to swell. My face stings like I’ve just been slapped.

I am getting fat-dissolving injections, also known as lipodissolve or, in the US, as the brand name Kybella. The injections promise to permanently remove pockets of fat by injecting deoxycholic acid, an enzyme normally found in stomach acid that dissolves fat in food. This acid is instead dissolving the fat in my face.

It is also, I hope, the final procedure of my transition. As a trans

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Black trans women Munroe Bergdorf and Jari Jones are celebrated on cover of Teen Vogue’s September issue: ‘Trailblazers’

Munroe Bergdorf, left, and Jari Jones share a split cover for <em>Teen Vogue</em>'s September issue. (Photo: Teen Vogue)
Munroe Bergdorf, left, and Jari Jones share a split cover for Teen Vogue‘s September issue. (Photo: Teen Vogue)

In a year that’s so far seen Black trans women become more visible than ever, that visibility has largely been filtered through the lens of trauma and struggle — vital for awareness-raising, but not necessarily giving a full picture of Black transgender life, with all of its powerful joy. Enter Teen Vogue, which has opted for the latter in its September issue, featuring a split cover with activist-models Jari Jones and Munroe Bergdorf, and accompanying stories focusing on their personal journeys, career paths and eye-popping style.

“During a year of rebellion + revolution, this September we wanted to center the women at the heart of fashion but often left out of the conversation,” the publication tweeted on Wednesday, calling Bergdorf and Jones “two Black trans women who are trailblazers, redefining the

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