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Ins and Outs of Transgender Breast Augmentation

Transgender breast augmentation Bellevue WA is a procedure that has become popular over the past couple of decades. It is a procedure that has changed the lives of many transgender people. Transgender breast surgery allows them to be the person that they want to be and to have high self-esteem and confidence about their body.

Transgender breast surgery can be female-to-male, where the breasts are removed, and the patient is left with a more masculine chest, or male-to-female where the surgeon constructs beautiful and shapely breasts for the patient. The male-to-female surgery is more popular. Transgender breast surgeries are also known as “top surgeries” (derived from the fact that gender reassignment surgery is known as “bottom surgeries”). They are often the first surgery that transgender people choose to undergo in their journey to becoming the sex that they truly desire to be, although they can be done at any point in a transgender person’s transition.

Male to Female Breast Augmentation

Male-to-female surgery is similar to a traditional breast augmentation. Surgeons will implant either a silicone gel implant or a saline implant. The biggest difference is that the patient may not have as many size options as women would in a traditional breast augmentation. This is because the patient must have enough skin available for the plastic surgeon to cover the implant and shape the breast. In most cases, the skin can stretch to cover the implant, but if the implant size is too large, the patient may have to start with a smaller size in order to allow the skin to stretch enough for the bigger implant, then undergo a second surgery for their implant of choice.

Differences in a Breast Augmentation for Transgenders vs. Women

Before undergoing breast augmentation surgery, transgender women will generally be required to undergo several months of hormone therapy before the surgery. They could possibly be required to participate in hormone therapy for up to twelve months. The hormone therapy could possibly cause the transgender woman’s breasts to increase without surgery, but if they don’t increase enough, then surgery would be the next step.

The recovery time for a transgender person’s breast augmentation procedure is generally the same as any other person’s breast augmentation procedure. The lifting of the arms is not encouraged as the breast heal, and it will generally take about a week before the patient can get back to work and/or normal life. Although recovery time is generally the same for everyone, recovery procedures can vary a little bit from traditional breast augmentation patients. Since transgender people have larger pectoral muscles than women, this can cause their breasts to sit too high after surgery, so transgender women will need more massages and compression to make sure the breasts “drop” into place.

The Future of Transgender “Top” Surgeries

Gender reassignment surgeries such as breast augmentations have been becoming more and more common as the world embraces the transgender community. Many insurance companies are now excluding transgender surgeries from being a preexisting condition and are offering coverage for transgender-related medical expenses. Transgender breast augmentation procedures are sure to continue to increase over the next decade, making the industry a promising and thriving one.