Many transgender individuals choose surgery to achieve a body that matches their true gender identity. Top surgery is a gender-affirming procedure performed on transgender and non-binary individuals. It can be a huge step for many seeking to align their bodies with their gender identity.
What is Top Surgery?
Not all transgender or nonbinary people have gender-affirming surgery, but it can help many individuals feel more at home in their bodies. Top surgery is a procedure that resizes and reshapes the breasts or chest area. LPS surgeons specialize in top surgery and understand the needs and concerns of those in transition and seeking gender-affirming treatment. Top surgery may be performed on those who want a more feminine, masculine, or gender-neutral chest.
How Does Top Surgery Work?
Top surgery is a customized procedure based on your desired results. Top surgery to create a more masculine chest may involve a breast reduction that removes excess breast tissue, fat, and sometimes skin. To create a more feminine chest, breast augmentation with implants can achieve natural-looking breast volume. Differences in individual anatomy often determine how your surgeon performs the procedure.
How Long Does it Take to Recovery From Top Surgery?
Recovery time from top surgery depends on the details of your procedure. You can expect some bruising, swelling, and soreness in the days following surgery. You will usually have a supportive garment to wear while you heal. You can usually return to work within one to two weeks. Your surgeon will instruct you when to resume exercise and other strenuous activities.
Should I Get Top Surgery?
The decision to get top surgery is a very individual one. Benefits of top surgery include:
Less Gender Dysphoria
Breasts or the absence of breasts can contribute to feeling like your body does not match your gender identity. Top surgery can help you feel more comfortable in your body. Many individuals who transition feel like top surgery relieves a significant part of their gender dysphoria.
The appearance of your chest causes many people to make assumptions about your gender identity. Top surgery lets you live more easily and confidently without feeling like your chest is drawing unwanted attention or questions.
If your gender identity and body do not align, finding attractive clothes can become a huge challenge. Top surgery lets you wear the clothes you enjoy and engage in activities you might have avoided before surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Top Surgery?
Candidates for top surgery should be healthy adults who are mentally and physically prepared for the changes they will experience. Good candidates have no major health problems and reasonable expectations. Only a consultation can determine whether top surgery is right for you.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning about top surgery? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction.