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.
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. Afterward, the incisions are sutured, and patients typically return home within a few hours.
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. Dr. Hunsicker also recommends hormone therapy for at least a year prior to surgery, so your body has ample time to adjust and change with a new hormonal balance in place.
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.
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.
All surgeries carry a measure of risk. The incision site may experience unfavorable scarring, bleeding, or infection. 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. Denver female plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Hunsicker can discuss these and other risks during a consultation.
The recovery period for male-to-female top surgery lasts between 4-6 weeks, although most people are able to return to work and normal social activities within a week or so after their surgery. In the days and weeks immediately post-op, you will need to limit your activity 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.
Since she began practicing medicine in 1995, plastic surgeon 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.