One of the biggest decisions in the transition process for transgender patients is getting gender-affirming surgery. This decision does not come with ease. We strive to help our transgender patients feel comfortable during this emotional period. Helping our patients feel confident in their bodies is important to our team. When you are ready to take the next step, contact our Atlanta office to set up a consultation appointment.
There are various surgeries that are in the gender-affirming category. It could encompass just the chest region or the chest and genital region. At DiFrancesco plastic surgery, we offer top surgery for our transgender female patients who want more feminine breasts. Top surgery helps your outward appearance to reflect your gender identity. This operation for transgender female patients involves traditional breast augmentation to create the desired size, shape, and contour of the breasts.
Not everyone chooses to undergo top surgery, but for the many trans women who do, it can be a life-changing treatment. It is recommended that patients be on female hormone therapy prior to undergoing this procedure as increased estrogen will help develop some more breast tissue. Patients should also be at a healthy weight. Most insurance companies will cover this procedure for trans women, but they will require a letter of recommendation from a primary physician or therapist to make sure that you are mentally ready. Also, many insurance companies follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Guidelines (WPATH), which may require that you be on hormones for at least 12 months prior to top surgery. Dr. DiFrancesco can answer any questions that you may have regarding your candidacy for this procedure.
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Male to female top surgery is performed in the same way as a traditional breast augmentation procedure. The incision type will be chosen based on the implant size, shape, and material that will help to achieve the patients desired results. Dr. DiFrancesco will make recommendations for you based on your goals and body type. The incision will be made in or near the breast crease where the implant pocket will be created. Through this incision, the implant will be placed.
During the recovery period for female top surgery, you will need a lot of rest. Your skin needs to take the time to heal and adjust to the new shape. During the recovery period, a compression garment will be worn to hold your chest in place, minimize swelling, and aid in blood flow. It is important to avoid sleeping on your stomach or putting pressure on the chest as you heal. Medications will be prescribed to you to aid with pain or discomfort. Patients should plan for a week off work as well as a month without performing strenuous activities.
To help you feel confident in your body and like your true self, gender-affirming surgery is a major step. Our team strives to make our patients feel comfortable in the care they receive before, during, and after their surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. DiFrancesco, call our Atlanta office today or fill out our online form.