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FTM Top Surgery

FTM top surgery is a personalized procedure that involves a subcutaneous mastectomy to remove breast tissue and contour the chest with surgery. Our plastic surgeons offer this life-affirming surgery to help you achieve a masculinized chest that conforms to your true identity. At Inspire Aesthetics in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach, FL, we can transform your overall appearance with FTM top surgery and other masculinization procedures.

The Life-Affirming Value of a Masculine Chest

For many transgender individuals, achieving a masculine chest through FTM top surgery is a deeply meaningful and life-affirming experience. It goes beyond aesthetics; it’s about finding alignment with one’s true self. The removal of breast tissue and reshaping of the chest can alleviate the emotional pain of gender dysphoria, boost self-esteem, and empower individuals to live authentically. Our plastic surgeons are committed to helping you achieve remarkably naturalized results that look and feel authentically you.

About FTM Top Surgery

FTM (Female-to-Male) top surgery, also known as chest masculinization, is a procedure sought by transgender individuals who identify as male. FTM top surgery can have profound emotional and psychological effects, improving your self-confidence and alleviating gender dysphoria, allowing you to live more authentically in your true gender identity. Top surgery generally involves removing breast tissue and reshaping the chest to create a more masculine contour.

During FTM top surgery, a qualified surgeon makes carefully planned incisions to remove excess breast tissue, reposition the nipples to a more masculine location, and sculpt the chest to achieve the desired shape. The specific techniques used may vary, including double incision, periareolar, or keyhole procedures, depending on factors such as the size of the breasts and your goals. Our surgeons curate personalized surgical plans to sculpt your masculine chest.

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Reasons to Consider FTM Top Surgery:

  • Alleviate gender dysphoria
  • Achieve a more authentic gender identity
  • Improve self-esteem and body confidence
  • Enhance psychological well-being
  • Empowerment through self-expression
  • Greater comfort in personal relationships

Your FTM Top Surgery Consultation

Your FTM top surgery journey starts with a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals. During this appointment, you will have the chance to openly express your desires and expectations.

The surgeon will carefully evaluate your chest’s current state, discuss the various surgical techniques available, and help you make informed decisions about your chest contour and nipple placement. You can also expect a comprehensive discussion of the surgical process, recovery, and potential risks.

The FTM Top Surgery Techniques

Depending on the size and amount of breast tissue that needs removing, there are three methods that our surgeon may use. Our surgeons will carefully evaluate your goals and examine the amount of excess breast tissue to recommend the most appropriate technique.

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Had FTM top surgery done by Dr. Schnitt and the results look amazing. I couldnt be happier with my choice. The staff are friendly and professional. I had to come in from out of state and the process was smooth and easy. I also have piercings (ears nose and lips) and could change them out for plastic retainers. I was comfortable the whole time and the environment is overall great 🙂

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Keyhole & Periareolar Method

For patients with small to medium chests, two common FTM top surgery techniques are the keyhole and periareolar methods. In the keyhole method, small incisions are made, and breast tissue is removed through these minimally invasive openings. Conversely, the periareolar method involves creating a ring-shaped incision around the areola, with a larger circular incision around it for tissue removal before closure.

Double Incision with Nipple Grafts

Ideal for individuals with larger or medium-sized chests, the double incision with nipple grafts technique involves two horizontal incisions beneath the pectoral muscles. The natural nipple is removed and resized to achieve the desired proportions before being grafted onto the chest. This method offers effective chest contouring and allows for precise customization, making it a suitable choice for those seeking a more significant alteration in their chest structure.

Inverted-T Top Surgery

Inverted-T top surgery is a surgical option for individuals with moderate to large chest sizes. This method involves creating incisions in the shape of an inverted T or anchor pattern, including a vertical incision down the chest’s midline and a horizontal incision along the chest fold. It does not involve nipple grafting. Instead, the nipple-areola complex is resized and repositioned to achieve a more masculine chest contour while preserving nipple sensation.

FTM Top Surgery: What To Expect

FTM top surgery is done under general anesthesia and typically lasts 2 to 4 hours. It is usually done as an outpatient surgery, but a patient may sometimes require an overnight stay. You will need someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery. Some patients may have a drain for a few days or weeks, depending on how much fluid is collected.

Your FTM Top Surgery Recovery Process

During the initial days of recovery, you will likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising around your chest area. It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions diligently, including wearing compression garments and avoiding strenuous activities for six to eight weeks.

However, most patients can resume work after two weeks. Full recovery may take several weeks to months, following which you’ll see the masculine chest contour you desire.

FTM Top Surgery

Before & Afters

*Each patient is unique, and individual results may vary.
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FTM Top Surgery FAQs

Am I a suitable candidate for FTM top surgery?

Generally, candidates for FTM top surgery are transgender individuals who identify as male and wish to align their physical appearance with their gender identity. The specific suitability may vary depending on individual factors, which can be assessed during your consultation.

Will I need to stop taking hormone therapy before the surgery?

Discontinuing hormone therapy before FTM top surgery is often recommended to reduce the risk of blood clot formation. The duration of the hormone therapy pause can vary, so it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding medication.

Can I get nipple sensation back after FTM top surgery?

While there is a possibility of decreased nipple sensation after surgery, many individuals do regain sensation over time. Nipple graft techniques may have different impacts on sensation, and results can vary from person to person.

Can I exercise and lift weights after FTM top surgery?

It’s essential to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and chest-focused workouts for a specified period after FTM top surgery to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. Your surgeon will provide guidance on when it’s safe to resume these activities.

What are the potential risks and complications of FTM top surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, FTM top surgery carries risks such as infection, scarring, hematoma, and changes in nipple sensation. These risks can vary depending on the technique used and individual factors. The surgeon will discuss these risks and steps to mitigate them during the consultation.

How long is the recovery period after FTM top surgery?

Recovery times can vary, but typically, patients can expect a recovery period of several weeks to a few months. During this time, it’s essential to avoid strenuous activities, follow post-operative care instructions, and attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon.

Will I be able to breastfeed after FTM top surgery?

FTM top surgery typically involves the removal of breast tissue and may impact the ability to breastfeed in the future. If you have concerns about fertility and parenting, it’s essential to discuss these with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

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FTM top surgery ultimately provides transgender patients with a chest that aligns with their self-expression and true identity. This surgery will improve your quality of life and improve your happiness with your body so you can achieve the goals you’ve been after. If you’ve been considering top surgery, we suggest you contact Inspire Aesthetics in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach, FL, to schedule your consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons deliver remarkable results that are authentically you.

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