Fellowship Trained Surgeon with Special Focus on Vaginoplasty
Dr. Gabriel Del Corral, MD, FACS is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who offers Gender Affirmation Surgery at the MedStar Center for Gender Affirmation in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. He is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Del Corral is fellowship trained in microsurgery, and has expertise in reconstructive surgery, maxillofacial surgery and cosmetic surgery. He specializes in gender-affirming procedures, with a special focus on Vaginoplasty, Facial Feminization and Phalloplasty.
Originally from Panama, Dr. Del Corral earned his medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico, and completed his residency in general surgery from Jefferson Health Systems at Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He completed fellowship training in plastic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and a second fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery and breast reconstruction at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received training in Gender Surgery at multiple international centers for transgender surgery.
Dr. Del Corral is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH). Dr. Del Corral is also involved with multiple LGBT-affirming committees and organizations.
Gender-Affirming Genital Surgery: Dr. Del Corral is a Vaginoplasty expert who performs the penile inversion method as a one-stage procedure. This surgery alters the structure of the genitals to create a vagina using penile tissue. Hair removal is not required; follicles are removed during surgery. Alternatively, Dr. Del Corral can use Sigmoid Colon tissue to create depth and provide a natural source of lubrication. He also offers the Peritoneal Pull-Through method. Dr. Del Corral uses a robotic-assisted approach to minimize incisions in the abdomen and speed up recovery.
Dr. Del Corral has a special interest in post-Vaginoplasty revision cases. A secondary procedure allows for revisions to the urethra, neovaginal canal, labia minora and majora addressing asymmetries within the vagina and scar revisions to improve functionality.
Robotic Vaginoplasty revisions are reserved for patient who have failed primary penile inversion Vaginoplasty. This procedure can increase the length of the vaginal canal while minimizing the potential of rectal, urethral and bladder injuries. The canal can be extended or replaced with a combination of peritoneal flaps and a full thickness skin graft. Patient will require postoperative dilation similar to a primary penile inversion Vaginoplasty. In many cases, this procedure can avoid the use of Sigmoid Colon tissue.
Dr. Del Corral also offers the so-called Zero Depth procedure, Vulvoplasty, which is suited to those who aren’t interested in receiving penetrative vaginal sex; have concerns about age and recovery; identify as non-binary and feel that Vulvoplasty is an appropriate choice; or have higher risk factors.
“I think a lot of people see us sometimes as really technicians than surgeons. But the reality is that we got into this field to really advise and care for patients throughout the process. And I feel like the relationship I have with my patients when they come from a gender affirmation journey, it’s not something that’s just a one month or three month or six month follow up. It’s really years of follow up and making sure they’re doing well and being there for them throughout the process, and guide them through that.” – Dr. Del Corral
Breast Augmentation: For a more feminine breast contour, silicone or saline breast implants can be inserted through an incision under the breast, in the armpit, or around the nipple.
“[Dr. Del Corral is the best doctor around, he really changed my life. He is really understanding and listens to your needs.” – MTF Breast Augmentation patient, realself.com.
Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS): A group of surgical procedures that feminize facial features. FFS includes surgical manipulation of the hairline, brow, nose, chin and neck line. Dr. Del Corral offers:
- Hairline Correction
- Forehead Recontouring
- Brow Lift
- Cheek Implants
- Lip Lift
- Chin Recontouring
- Jaw Recontouring
- Tracheal Shave (Thyroid Cartilage Reduction)
Dr. Del Corral offers the following Top Surgery techniques: Double Incision with Nipple Grafts, Peri-Areolar and Keyhole Top Surgery.
Phalloplasty in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Dr. Del Corral is fellowship trained in microsurgery and offers Radial Forearm Free Flap Phalloplasty (RFF) and pedicled Anterolateral Thigh Phalloplasty (ALT), as well as SCIP flap Phalloplasty in Baltimore and Washington D.C. He works with a multidisciplinary team that includes a reconstructive urologist, gynecologist and physical therapist. The staging of surgeries is dependent on several factors. With ALT, Dr. Del Corral prefers to use tissue expanders in the thigh as the first step to stretch the skin of the donor site prior to this surgery. The first surgery usually takes 1-2 hrs for the placement of the expanders. Vaginectomy is required if Urethral Lengthening is also being performed. Dr. Del Corral uses a Gracilis muscle flap during the Urethroplasty to decrease urethral complications. He uses Coloplast testicular and erectile implants. Dr. Del Corral can show you photos of Phalloplasty results during your in-person consultation.
The MedStar Center for Gender Affirmation has two locations: Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. MedStar Health is the largest health care system in the region, with a network of 10 hospitals. Dr. Del Corral operates at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. and at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Del Corral follows WPATH guidelines for surgery. In order to schedule you for a consult with Dr. Del Corral, we would need the following documents to be sent to the office for review:
- One to two letters of support from qualified mental health professionals. The number needed is dependent on your insurance plan and the surgery you wish to have. Please contact your insurance company to verify what they require to authorize your desired procedure.
- A letter from your hormone specialist stating you have been on 12 months of continuous hormones for genital procedures, unless clinically contraindicated.
- A referral from your primary care, if required by your insurance.
- A copy of your last office visit note from your primary care provider or endocrinologist, that includes a physical exam.
Dr. Del Corral will operate on minors with parental consent.
Financing & Insurance
Dr. Del Corral accepts most private and commercial insurances. He also accepts Maryland and DC Medicaid. Please feel free to contact our office to see if we participate with your insurance today!
Booking a Consultation
Dr. Del Corral is available for in-person and virtual consultations. To book a consult, contact Dr. Del Corral’s office by clicking the Send Inquiry button and you’ll hear back with more details about how to prepare for your consultation. Dr. Del Corral habla español.
Current wait list: 2-3 months.