Jessica Alves Completes Gender Reassignment With £13,700 Operation In Thailand
Jessica, 37, spent six hours on the operating table on 17 February, and says she now feels she can finally be herself after being born into the wrong body.
London-based Jessica - who previously became famous as the 'human Ken doll' - said: "It feels like I have been born again at the age of 37.
"I love my new vagina - it's a little swollen but it is very cute.
"I am now able to start my new life as a happy woman.
"In three months, I will be able to use it sexually!
"My new vagina will definitely give me the confidence to date and be intimate with someone."
The gender affirmation procedure is known as Penile-Peritoneal Vaginoplasty, and was performed by Dr Kamol Pansritum at Kamol Cosmetic Hospital in Bangkok.
Jessica's abdominal, peritoneal lining was used to create her vagina, with the modern technique sometimes used on women born without a vaginal canal.
Jessica continued: "I went to this hospital because it is one of the best in the world for transgender people.
"The peritoneal tissue used is very similar to a vagina as it is elastic and self-lubricates.
"This modern technique doesn't demand a lifetime of dilation unlike the other options of penile inversion or using the colon.
"The procedure uses a small amount of penile inversion combined with a peritoneum pull through to make the vaginal canal."
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Jessica's outer labia and visible vagina have been created using penile tissue, with the star praising her surgeon for not leaving a 'scar in sight'.
She said: "I feel very drowsy after my surgery but happy that I am finally a woman.
"I feel great when I look at myself in the mirror.
"My life is going to be so much better as I feel beautiful now.
"I will return to London in six weeks and I can't wait to go shopping as there were so many outfits I couldn't wear due to my penis.
"It made me very self-conscious and upset.
"But now I can finally be myself."
Jessica began hormone therapy in September 2019 before starting to transition in January 2020, having known deep down she'd felt 'unhappy' in her body.
She added: "I didn't just become transgender, I was born a transgender.
"When I was a kid up to the age of 14, I was always naturally very feminine and had female tastes and tendencies.
"I was born male but my brain has always been female.
"After many years of living a lie, I decided to go ahead with the transition.
"I lost 70 percent of TV contracts and a lot of social media brand endorsements but it didn't matter.
"I knew my life would improve and I would be much happier if I was to transition."
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