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Doctors help more transgender teens, young adults feel like themselves for the first time.

Richmond plastic surgeon Matthew Stanwix, M.D., said his practice has seen a big increase in interest from the younger generation. Patients, he said, have requested everything from simple body contouring to gender reassignment surgery.

Patients under the age of 18 must receive parental permission before undergoing medical procedures. They must also receive professional counseling.

"These individuals have been through counseling for a while, they have thought about surgery for a while, and their parents are very accepting," Dr. Stanwix said.

Stanwix said his patients are grateful to finally feel comfortable with their bodies.

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