Female to Male Chest Masculinization
What is female to male chest masculinization surgery?
Dr. Raffi Hovsepian performs breast reduction and chest masculinization procedures for transitioning patients in Beverly Hills. There are a few different approaches for chest masculinization surgery. These techniques both involve liposuction and incisions to the chest to remove as much breast tissue as possible. Selecting an experienced and well trained surgeon is the most important part of having surgery. Chest masculinization surgery, technically known as reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce the breast size for a number of reasons.
Are you a candidate for FTM chest masculinization surgery?
Chest masculinization can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. The best candidates for chest masculinization are patients who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Hovsepian. At your consultation Dr. Hovsepian will evaluate if you are a good candidate for chest masculinization surgery. You and Dr. Hovsepian will have a thorough discussion about your desired outcome, along with your past and present health condition. After this appointment you will leave knowing if you are a candidate for chest masculinization surgery, a clear understanding of how chest masculinization surgery is performed, the recovery, and much more.
How is chest masculinization performed?
The method of reducing your breast tissue will depend on your anatomy and preferences, and Dr. Hovsepian’s recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease beneath the breast, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). The choice of incision is based on the size of your breast and the amount of tissue that has to be removed and recommendation given by Dr. Hovsepian. Chest masculinization surgery is done under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center; you will be completely asleep during this procedure. During surgery Dr. Hovsepian will perform power assisted liposuction to remove your breast tissue, then depending on your anatomy and the amount of skin that needs to be removed an incision will be placed in the crease below the breast and/or around the areola. The incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesive and surgical tape. A gauze bandage will be applied over your chest to help with healing. The surgery usually takes two hours to complete.
For many patients, the result of chest masculinization surgery can be satisfying, even exhilarating, as they learn to appreciate their more masculine appearance. Your decision to have chest masculinization is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it. If you’ve met your own personal goals, then your surgery is a success. Dr. Hovsepian uses dissolvable stitches to close the incisions, which will also be taped for greater support. A surgical chest compression garment is recommended, and will be provided for you after the surgery. Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. After several months, your scars will begin to fade. We also recommend a silicone based scar product for after surgery. You’re likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you’ll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
What is the recovery process for chest masculinization surgery?
The recovery process will vary from person to person. After surgery you will return home the same day of surgery. Still, there are some basic precautions and instructions that you can take to help this recovery go as smoothly as possible, including:
- Arrange for someone to help you get around the house and help you with your medication for at least the first 24 hours after your surgery. You may need medication for the pain and to control nausea caused by the pain medication.
- Avoid heavy lifting, contact sports and jogging for up to six weeks.
- Call your Dr. Hovsepian immediately if you notice an increase in swelling, pain, redness, drainage, bleeding in the surgical area or if you develop fever, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. Other red flags include shortness of breath, chest pains and unusual heartbeat.
- Wearing a chest compression garment for 4-6 weeks may be required.
For a consultation with Dr. Hovsepian and for more information about chest masculinization please contact us.