Top surgery is a gender-affirming surgery used to change a person’s upper body to better fit their inner self. Both transgender men and transgender women benefit a great deal from this procedure. For top surgery, New Haven patients come to skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Reilly.
Top surgery is a popular gender-affirmation surgery for transgender individuals. There are two types: FTM (Female-To-Male) top surgery and MTF (Male-To-Female) top surgery.
FTM top surgery generally includes breast removal (mastectomy) and male chest contouring. It may also include nipple grafting, repositioning, and resizing.
MTF top surgery, also known as feminizing breast surgery, involves the placement of breast implants beneath the breast tissue.
Top surgery can be incredibly helpful for patients suffering from gender dysphoria. Transgender men who would like their chest to look more masculine are good candidates for FTM top surgery. Transgender women who want to increase the size and projection of their breasts can benefit from MTF top surgery.
Patients must be mentally and physically healthy in order to undergo this procedure. Certain pre-existing conditions can increase the chance of complications during surgery.
Incredible! Dr. Reilly and his team were kind, professional and always answered all my questions. I was ALWAYS treated with respect, which was a concern for me since I am trans. The day of the surgery went smoothly, the hospital staff were also kind and respectful, and Dr. Reilly made sure to check up on me throughout my recovery. I am in love with my chest! Euphoric! I am forever grateful to Dr. Reilly and his team for helping me make my dreams come true. I highly recommend his services. You will be treated with respect and kindness from the moment you make the first call until your very last post-op check up. THANK YOU!!!
During the consultation, Dr. John Reilly will listen to the patient’s concerns and goals involving top surgery. He will also evaluate the medical history and health status of the patient. Dr. Reilly will help determine if top surgery is right for the patient.
Dr. Reilly will examine the patient’s chest area and then create a treatment plan to help the patient achieve the best results possible.
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FTM top surgery can last from one and a half hours up to four hours. Anesthesia will be administered to prepare the patient for surgery. Incisions will be created based on the techniques the surgeon will use to create the masculine-looking chest.
The procedure may include a double mastectomy, excess skin removal, and as nipple and areola repositioning/resizing. Once these techniques have been performed, the incisions are then closed with sutures to complete the top surgery.
MTF top surgery differs from cisgender breast augmentation due to the broader chest area of transgender women. After the anesthesia is administered, Dr. Reilly creates incisions around the areolae, near the armpits, or in other areas on the chest. The chosen breast implants are placed inside pockets in the tissues, and then sutures are used to close the incisions.
In cases where the patient’s chest tissues are not large enough to accommodate implants, tissue expanders are placed for the first surgery. These are gradually increased in size until breast implants can be inserted to replace the tissue expanders.
The recovery processes for FTM and MTF top surgery are similar. The surgeon will insert drains to prevent fluid buildup, and the patient needs to wear a compression vest during the recovery period. The patient will receive medical prescriptions to ease temporary pain and soreness after the surgery.
Four to six weeks must pass before the patient can resume strenuous activities like physical exercise. Dr. Reilly will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor progress.
The cost will vary depending on the type of top surgery being performed. Health insurance coverage can also impact the price of the procedure. The body size and shape of the patient, along with the implant size for MTF top surgery, also contribute to the cost of the surgery.