Recovery for MtF top surgery is a bit easier than the top surgery for FtM patients, largely because the incisions are typically smaller. Saline implants can be placed while empty through much smaller incisions than silicone. Once they’re in the breast pocket, they’re filled in situ for a purely customizable, in-the-moment assessment by your skilled LPS physician.
The decision for subglandular or submuscular placement of the plant—above or beneath the pectoralis muscle—can affect how long your recovery lasts. Going submuscular does take more time as more tissues are rearranged during your procedure. Even with that possibility, MtF top surgery patients recover enough to return to work on average after 1 week. For more strenuous jobs that require lifting or raising the arms above shoulder height may need an additional week of recovery.
Most top surgeries are performed outpatient in LPS’s cutting-edge surgery suite, and you’ll be released the same day. You’ll likely have a surgical bra holding your bandages in place, and will need to avoid showering until your first post-operative appointment. Baby wipes, dry shampoo, or sponge baths can help keep you clean. Following your aftercare instructions is the key to a quick recovery and a better outcome. You may need help from a loved one for the first 24-48 hours, and sleeping reclined is recommended. Ice packs can help with pain management and swelling. As you feel up to it, get up, walk to the kitchen or bathroom, and slowly resume mundane tasks. This keeps your circulation up and improves your energy.
What Results Can I Expect?
Your new breasts will immediately be visible, and your figure will be more feminine right away. It may take a few weeks or months for the implants to finally settle into place, but you’ll have the side profile you’ve always wanted. It’s one step closer to you becoming the woman you were always meant to be.