A transgender woman revealed her incredible transformation photos after 14 months of hormone replacement therapy and facial surgery.
Natalie Zamani, 28, from San Francisco, left for Reddit last week to share photos of herself before and after her transition, writing, “So it’s been a bit of a wild 14 months!” The senior engineer knew she was trans since she was a teenager, but kept her gender identity hidden until last year.
“I was 27, I had a great job in engineering, a great relationship and built confidence in my life. Life was good, but I still wasn’t at home in my body, ”she said Bored Panda. “I realized I couldn’t outrun my identity and expected to live a full life.”
Awesome: Transgender woman Natalie Zamani shared photos of her transformation on Reddit 14 months after she started hormone replacement therapy
Hard to handle: The 28-year-old from San Francisco was assigned a man at birth and ‘learned early’ to suppress her feelings about her gender identity
Her ‘front’ photo shows her sporty short hair and a neatly trimmed beard. In her ‘after’ photo, she has smooth cheeks, shoulder-length curly hair and a radiant smile.
Zamani, who was assigned a man at birth, said that during her childhood she “learned early” to suppress her feelings about her gender identity, but that her “girlish tendencies” would still emerge.
When she went through puberty in her early teens, she was ‘disgusted’ by the changes in her body and ‘miserable’ that she couldn’t help it.
“I did research and found that there were other people like me who chose to do something about it. That it was possible to switch, ”she said when she heard what it was like to be transgender.
Difficult: When she went through puberty in her early teens, she was ‘disgusted’ by the changes in her body. It was then that she learned what it was like to be transgender
Painful choice: Zamani was afraid she would have to live on the margins of society if she came out and made the difficult decision to keep her gender identity hidden
Making a choice: The senior engineer started hormone replacement therapy last year after realizing she had to embrace her gender identity to live a full life
“But what I found in a few cases was that people who switched had led a difficult life on the fringes of society unless they had the luck and strength to live in stealth and were privileged to be able to were absorbed in and hidden. ‘
The idea of ’stealth’ and starting a new life far away from her loved ones seemed to her to be ‘both incredibly lonely and difficult’.
Zamani made the tough decision to keep her gender identity hidden while living as happily as possible, but she realized last year that if she kept hiding who she was, she would never be fulfilled.
“Transgender acceptance had completely changed in my lifetime, and I was not on the side of life purely because I was openly trans,” she explained. “I had to start living my life. A few days after that, I drove to Planned Parenthood and started taking hormones. ‘
Changes: Zamani officially started living as Natalie during the pandemic in April, and underwent facial feminization surgery a few months later
Happy: ‘This is the most I have ever felt,’ she wrote on Instagram after the operation
She officially started her life as Natalie in April amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In June, she underwent facial feminization surgery, which refers to a wide variety of procedures to change and soften male facial features to make them more feminine.
Zamani shared a smiling photo of himself Instagram two weeks after surgery to say that although her face was still swollen and bruised, she is so happy with her appearance.
“This is the most like I’ve ever felt,” she wrote. “And I can’t emphasize enough how good it feels to be myself now. I have the great privilege of getting this necessary, but incredibly expensive, procedure and feeling this way.
Support System: Zamani is grateful to have the support of her family, friends and ‘great partner’ and says all of this would not have been possible without them
All smiles: Zamani said her journey was incredibly difficult, but it also helped her become the person she was meant to be
“But I’m so grateful that I held on long enough to go to this place of tremendous comfort and happiness, and that I had the support network for that, too.”
Zamani told Bored Panda that her journey was incredibly difficult, but it also helped her become the person she was meant to be.
She is grateful to have the support of her family, friends and ‘wonderful partner’, saying that none of this would have been possible without them.
“Over the past 14 months, I’ve grown into the person I really am and started to find an inner love that has never been there before,” she said. “I’ve only been presenting for a few months now like I, and only started when the pandemic had arrived, so I’m really excited about what my life has in store once I can experience everything that life in the world has to offer. has to offer like the real me.
“I’m so happy that I went through all the pain and trouble right now.”