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Ronnie Dunn: Hairstylist Cary says UNC’s transgender health program has changed his life

Ronnie Dunn is a transgender stylist at Super Cuts in Cary.

Six months ago, she underwent facial feminization surgery on her forehead, as part of UNC’s transgender health program.

The results are transformed.

“You feel pretty, you feel beautiful. You feel good about yourself,” Dunn said. “They contoured my forehead, they lowered my hairline and gave me a brow lift again.”

Dr Elda Fisher is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at UNC and one of 14 doctors who provide gender-affirming surgeries and services to trans men and women.

“A female skull has a very flat forehead that slowly descends into the nasal bridge,” Dr. Fisher said.

Fisher is passionate about helping this community become physically what it is on the inside.

“Being able to make this change on the face is extremely rewarding because they get these benefits immediately,” Dr. Fisher said. “Their mental health is better. As a result, they run less risk of violence in the community.

Patients are generally responsible for the coverage of most services. But Ronnie said his insurance mistakenly covered the cost.

She is grateful.

Over the years, the 47-year-old says she has experienced harassment and discrimination in the job because of her appearance.

The pain left her overcome and ready to give up.

“Especially when you put on women’s clothes, you feel like you look like a girl, you feel good about yourself, and then someone does that and knocks you off your high horse,” Dunn said. Today she says more people see her as a woman.

“This whole program is amazing and it helps us and others,” said Dunn. “Just thank you, thank you Dr Fisher, thank you to his team. Thank you UNC for having this program because it has changed my life.”

The UNC launched its transgender health program in the summer of 2019.

Since then, they have helped over 500 transgender men and women with gender affirmation surgeries and services.

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