Surgery Procedures

Transgender Surgery For FTM And MTF Patients

We perform top surgery for FTM and MTF transgender individuals. These surgeries can help reduce gender dysphoria and increase your self-confidence. It is important to consult with your plastic surgeons and any other medical professionals to set clear expectations and prepare psychologically and physically for any surgery.

Does Insurance Cover Transgender Surgery ?

Transgender surgery can be a complicated subject when it comes to insurance coverage.  While there are some restrictions and guidelines, it’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider.

Our staff can also help point you in the direct direction if you have any specific questions.  Please also click on the link below to see our Guidelines for instances where insurance is able to pay for surgery.

Transgender Procedures

To learn more about our procedures and what we offer, please find the section that applies to you below.  If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff today!

Transgender Surgery (MTF And FTM Top Surgery)

There are many reasons to seek plastic surgery. Most people who undergo these procedures do it to feel more comfortable in their own skin. This is especially true for transgender people. At Hess, Sandeen, and Lee Plastic Surgery, we are committed to helping make sure that your appearance reflects your true self. We offer gender-affirming surgical procedures to alter breast tissue. This includes procedures for transmasculine and transfeminine individuals.

Transmasculine Top Surgery (Mastectomy)

Breasts are a major source of gender dysphoria for FTM (female-to-male) transgender people. Hormonal therapy with testosterone can reduce breast tissue over time. However, a mastectomy procedure is usually required to achieve a completely flat and more masculine chest.

Plastic Surgery Procedure

Transgender top surgery for FTM patients is done under general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will start by removing breast tissue. In some cases, they will also remove excess skin from your chest. Remaining skin and fat are repositioned to create a more masculine contour.

Altering the appearance of nipples is also an important part of the surgery. Usually, your surgeon will reduce the size of the areola (darker skin around the nipple) and will reposition the nipple to be more lateral and lower on your chest.

Mastectomy Recovery And Results

As with any plastic surgery, Dr. Sandeen and Dr. Lee will make individual recommendations for steps you need to take during the healing process. Most patients require drains after top surgery. You will also likely need to keep the area bandaged and will need to reduce your level of activity. Make sure to talk to your plastic surgeon to get answers to your specific questions.

This type of surgery involves an incision across your chest which will leave a visible scar. This may appear less prominent over time, but it will never disappear completely. The surgery also results in reduced nipple and breast sensation. For a significant number of transgender men, these trade-offs are small compared to the benefits. Many men feel more confident and feel reduced gender dysphoria following surgery. After appropriate recovery time, you may be able to enjoy going to the beach topless and will usually look more masculine due to your flatter chest.

Breast Implants For Transgender Women

MTF (male-to-female) transgender individuals often experience some degree of breast development during hormonal therapy. However, many of these women desire larger breasts in order to achieve a more feminine appearance. This can be incredibly helpful for your self-confidence and can reduce gender dysphoria.

Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation for transgender women is often very similar to the process for cisgender women. An incision is made on the breast and the implant is placed either under the skin and glands or under the pectoral muscle. You will be able to choose between silicone or saline. This will depend on your desired breast size and shape.

Contact Us Today To Schedule A Consultation For FTM Mastectomy Or MTF Breast Implants