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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF April 19, 2019 | Archived Issues

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Makeup Lessons for Transgender Patients Offer Confidence

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For many women, applying makeup is second nature. But for transgender women who undergo gender transition later in life, makeup application can be a daunting prospect and create significant anxiety, according to Maurice Garcia, MD, MAS, director of the Transgender Surgery and Health Program at Cedars-Sinai, one of only two academic medical centers in the Western U.S. that offer gender-affirming genital surgery.

To help alleviate that anxiety, the program now offers makeup lessons—an important piece of the transition process, Garcia said.

"Our program lets women ask any and all makeup-related questions and learn from a professional how to best use makeup to present their true selves to the world, with pride and confidence," Garcia said.

Watch this video to learn more about these confidence-boosting makeup lessons.