Male to Female Top Surgery
While most breast augmentation surgeries are performed on women, some men can benefit from the procedure. Men with alternative lifestyles, including transsexuals, often pursue breast augmentation to improve their appearance and attain the bodies they desire. Breast augmentation increases the fullness and projection of the breasts and enhances a patient’s self-confidence. Good candidates for male-to-female top surgery are healthy adult non-smokers with realistic expectations.
Techniques Used in Male-to-Female Top Surgery
Male breast augmentation is very similar to the surgery performed on women. Anesthesia is administered and the surgeon will make an incision. The site of the incision will vary depending on a number of factors, including the type and size of the implant and your particular anatomy. The implant may be placed upon or beneath the pectoral muscle. Afterwards, the incisions are sutured, and patients typically return home within a few hours.
Male-to-Female Top Surgery FAQ
How do I know if breast augmentation is right for me?
Breast augmentation is a major decision, so you should be certain before proceeding with the surgery. You should have the surgery to fulfill your own needs and desires, never to please someone else or attain an unreasonable ideal. Many prospective male patients find it helpful to wear a bra and breast forms for a year in order to see what the change would be like.
How should I prepare for the surgery?
Have a frank and open discussion with your plastic surgeon about your expectations and medical history. Your surgeon will explain the risks associated with the surgery and discuss the treatment options available.
What type of implants should I receive?
The choice between saline and silicone implants is one that should be discussed with your surgeon. Each implant has its own unique benefits. Saline implants, which are filled with a saltwater solution, can be filled to varying amounts. In the event of an implant rupture, the saline is naturally absorbed and expelled by the body. Silicone implants feel more natural and are filled with silicone gel.
What are the risks of male-to-female top surgery?
All surgeries carry a measure of risk. The incision site may experience unfavorable scarring, bleeding, or infection, while the implant may have an undesired impact on your body. There may be a need for revisional surgeries in the future to correct or replace the implants, which are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Dr. Hunsicker can discuss these and other risks during a consultation.
What happens after my surgery?
The recovery period for male-to-female top surgery lasts between 24–48 hours. In the following days and weeks, you will need to limit your activities as your body heals. You will need to wear a support garment in order to relieve pressure on your newly enlarged breasts. Soreness and swelling will likely persist for a few weeks. During this time, you should expect that your breasts will seem too high, due to the contraction of your chest muscles, but this will change as your body adjusts. Incision lines will fade over time.
Learn More About Male-to-Female Top Surgery in Denver
Since she began practicing medicine in 1995, Dr. Hunsicker has helped many people to attain the bodies they desire. To learn more about male-to-female top surgery, please contact Revalla Plastic Surgery at (720) 283-2500.