When Should I Consider Having Top Surgery?
Aside from age, patients should consider other aspects of the procedure to determine if it’s a good fit.
Are you emotionally and mentally ready for top surgery?
For younger patients especially, this can be a hard question to answer. This is a major procedure, and many candidates who’ve never experienced a surgery before need to be aware of what to expect. Top surgery will leave permanent changes to your body. If you’re ready to experience those changes, and in fact, those changes are why you want the procedure, then you’re likely prepared for what having top surgery means. Feeling pressure to have the surgery before you’re ready in order to “pass” can have a negative mental impact.
Do I have the resources to undergo top surgery?
It’s an unfortunate reality in the US that cost factors into patients’ decisions regarding medical procedures. Luckily, Massachusetts has some of the most robust insurance coverage laws in the country for transgender patients regarding medical transition procedures. While your amount of coverage is unique to you, it’s possible you may have part or all of your top surgery covered. In many cases, you may be asked to provide up to two letters of support documenting your gender dysphoria and these may come from your primary care physician, therapist, psychiatrist, etc. If surgery is not covered, we have financing options to ease the payment process.
However, it’s not just the procedure itself you’ll need to consider, but also time off work, medical supplies at home, and unexpected expenses. The stress of budgeting can impact your recovery, so it’s wise to ensure you’re in a good position to undergo top surgery.
Am I healthy enough for top surgery?
Perfect fitness isn’t a requirement, but a generally healthy lifestyle can certainly help with your recovery. Greater strength and stamina will get you on your feet faster. Lower sodium foods can minimize swelling. Patients planning for weight loss after top surgery may find some of the results are not as expected, so it may be wiser to get close to a healthy weight first to maximize your sculpted results.