Who is a Candidate?
There Are Two Types of Procedures
Female-to-male (FTM) or female-to-nonbinary (FTN) top surgery: This surgery involves removing breast tissue and contouring the chest to reflect a flat, masculine, or male appearance. On average, an FTM or FTN top surgery procedure takes between 1.5 hours to 4 hours. There are a number of different procedures that can be used to achieve a more flat, masculine, or male looking chest. The most common techniques we use are double incision, periareolar, and keyhole.
Male-to-female (MTF) or male-to-nonbinary (MTN) top surgery: This surgery involves using saline or silicone implants to increase chest size and augment the shape in order to achieve a more feminine or female appearance. MTF and MTN top surgery is also known as breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty. MTF and MTN top surgery typically takes between 1 and 2 hours. You are put under general anesthesia for the duration of the surgery. The breast augmentation procedure your surgeon uses will vary based on your desired chest size, the type of implant used, and the incision location.
Results and Recovery
Recovery time for top surgery varies from person to person. People who get FTM or FTN top surgery generally return to work or school about two weeks after surgery. Those who get MTF or MTN top surgery can typically get back to work or school after one week, however, Dr. Chao will provide you will a detailed recovery timeline.
Day 1 and 2 of recovery are often the most uncomfortable. This discomfort is typically a result of the anesthesia wearing off as well as the compression binder or surgical bra, which is holding the dressing or grafts tightly in place. To ensure there’s no added pressure or weight on the surgery site, you will be instructed to sleep on your back for at least a week after surgery.
We typically schedule post-op appointments 6-7 days after surgery. This is often the first time the dressing comes off and likely when you will see your chest for the first time. Any swelling generally decreases within 2 or 3 weeks, but for some, this can take up to 4-6 months.
Be mindful not to lift your hands above your head for at least 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Movements such as reaching and lifting can increase scarring and discomfort. After 6 to 8 weeks, you can typically resume physical exercise such as sports, lifting, and running.
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