MTF Transgender Breast Surgery
Feeling that your biological gender doesn’t match your true identity can cause anxiety and stress, the results of which are often emotionally damaging. While the process of transitioning gender is both physically and emotionally taxing, transgender breast augmentation allows transitioning females the ability to enhance their confidence while attaining a more feminine physique. Dr. Messa and his staff at Weston Cosmetic Surgery are dedicated to helping clients achieve the physical attributes they’ve desired while supporting both their emotional and physical needs.
What Do You Desire?
Breasts have always been a symbol of femininity and sensuality. Breast augmentation provides transitioning females with the feminine, subtle curves they desire. This procedure allows you to be one step closer to becoming the person you’ve always known yourself to be.
When undergoing breast augmentation, you can tailor your results to achieve the breast profile you desire. Breast augmentation with implants produces natural-looking results that are balanced and proportionate to your frame.
Those suffering from gender identity issues know the struggle, anxiety, and stress associated with this subject. Becoming the person you were meant to be can boost both your confidence and quality of life. Obtaining the feminine curves you have always dreamt of by undergoing transgender breast surgery can improve your outlook on life.
Transgender Breast Surgery Techniques
Before your augmentation surgery, hormonal therapy is required. Typically, candidates for transgender breast augmentation will have already been on long-term hormone therapy to increase their estrogen levels and other female hormone levels. This treatment allows for minor breast tissue development that aids in the placement and overall aesthetic of the implants.
Tissue expanders may be necessary if hormonal therapy has not resulted in adequate breast tissue development. Tissue expanders are essentially empty breast implants that are inserted into the breast pocket. Over the following weeks, these expanders are filled and expanded to stretch the breast tissues in preparation for the actual implants.
Implants are inserted through an incision along the lower crease of the breasts. During your initial consultation, you can choose the type, texture, and size of breast implants that can help you achieve your desired breast aesthetic.
Addressing Your Concerns
Recovery Recovery time will vary from patient to patient. After your surgery, you can expect some bruising and swelling across your chest. These side effects are normal and will dissipate with time. A compression garment must be worn during the initial healing period to reduce swelling and support your new breasts. You should be able to return to work within two weeks of the procedure; however, it is not uncommon to require additional time to prepare for re-entry into the workplace mentally. By six weeks, you can resume all regular activities.
Scars Incisions are created along the lower crease of the breasts to minimize the appearance of scarring. Scars are typically hidden by the lower pole of the breasts and will usually fade with time.
Cost The cost of MTF transgender breast surgery varies from patient to patient depending on facility costs, anesthesia, medications, surgical technique, hormonal therapies, and the expertise of your surgeon. Dr. Messa will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your initial consultation.
Pain This procedure is performed under general anesthesia to prevent any pain during the surgery. You may experience some discomfort following your surgery, but you will be given oral pain medication to alleviate this discomfort during the initial days of your recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for MTF transgender breast surgery?
You may be a candidate for this procedure if you are over 18 years of age, have completed at least three months of counseling, and can provide a letter of referral from your psychiatrist or psychologist. Also, candidates should be both physically and emotionally healthy.
Why do I have to present a referral letter from my psychiatrist or psychologist?
This letter and proof of counseling by a medical professional is a requirement because of the emotional nature of this procedure. This letter proves to your surgeon that you are physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to undergo your transition.
What kind of anesthesia will be used during my procedure?
General anesthesia will be administered prior to your surgery to ensure comfort and safety.
Will my results be permanent?
Your breast implants may last 10 to 15 years if not longer before needing to be replaced. There are always risks associated with implants such as implant rupture and capsular contracture. These are rare complications that can be fixed with revision surgery.