One of the first things trans men start their gender affirming surgery with is mastectomy. It helps them begin to acquire a more masculine torso and chest. No matter the stage of your own transition, it is never too late or too early to have mastectomy performed.
This procedure involves removing unwanted breast tissue and contouring your chest, so it is more masculine and attractive. There are mainly three types of mastectomy depending on the amount of breast tissue, the skin elasticity, and the incisions made: double incision top surgery with nipple grafts, periareolar, and keyhole technique.
Here is what you need to know about mastectomy before you try it
Most surgeons will require you to present your medical history in advance of your appointment so they can determine special requirements and appoint the necessary lab tests.
Mastectomy is widely considered to be a safe procedure with very rare instances of postoperative complications (most of which you can avoid with the right certified surgeon). Some of them include:
Doing weight-training exercises to gain more muscle mass in the weeks and months prior to surgery is a good way to get better results from your mastectomy. Your surgeon will make a prep plan for you that involves adjusting your medication intake.
You can have one of three main procedures:
During the first week of your recovery, you should refrain from using your arms to drive, reach, and lift. You can resume weight-lifting and other vigorous activities after two months post-surgery. Your scars will be permanent, but they will fade with time, especially in the first year after mastectomy. It is important that you do not tan the incisions during that year!
Ultimately, the results will depend on your anatomy and the mastectomy technique used for the surgery. Some methods would require revision surgery or follow-up liposuction to ensure a flat, well-contoured masculine chest. The main result, however, will be that you are a step closer to getting a naturally-looking male chest, which will not only boost your self-esteem but also the quality of your life.
This transgender surgery cost can be anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. It depends on surgeon and facility fees, the method used, anesthesia, and other medication.