What You Need to Know about Transfeminine Top Surgery

Gender Affirmation Surgery

Transfeminine top surgery is the enhancement of the size and shape of the breasts to create a more feminine appearance to the chest. At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Greg Chernoff and his professional staff recognize and understand that transfeminine top surgery can be an emotional, life-changing choice, and helping our patients achieve their physical and aesthetic desires is important to us. The Gender Affirmation Surgery experience is a deeply personal one and our practice is thrilled to offer particular procedures that expand our services to provide even more opportunities for empowerment through plastic surgery.

What is Top Surgery?

Transfeminine or MTF (Male to Female) Top Surgery refers to individuals who were identified as male at birth and whose bodies continued to develop with male characteristics, but who personally identify with femininity or as a female. Top Surgery is defined by a variety of procedures that alter the gender-related characteristics of the chest to appear less like the gender identity that the patient was assigned at birth. While some transfeminine patients identify as female, others identify on the feminine spectrum or as gender neutral. Generally, the individuals within this category who are interested in top surgery breast augmentations share the common, uncomfortable feeling that the breasts are missing.

Mind/Body Transformation

While hormone therapy is limited in terms of breast growth and development, many transwomen and transfeminine people feel that breast augmentation and other gender-confirming procedures are essential steps toward mind and body transformation. Not all transgender people feel the need to undergo cosmetic surgery. Individuals who do decide to move forward should know that Transfeminine Top Surgery is a detailed process with several decisions that will need to be made to ensure satisfying results.

Breast Implant Considerations… Size and Type

Breast implant size and shape are some of the most important decisions to make in terms of your body’s natural proportions. During your personal consultation with Dr. Chernoff, you will have the chance to see and feel a variety of implants to help you better envision your final results. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery offers the highest quality silicone gel and saline breast implants including gummy, teardrop, round, and many other shapes that Dr. Chernoff or one of our nurses will describe during your consultation. Dr. Chernoff will recommend a specific type and shape based on your goals, anatomy, skin elasticity, and existing breast tissue.

Prior to any surgical procedure, Dr. Chernoff recommends that all of our patients read our Patient Guide for Plastic Surgery. This guide will explain the important points that all patients should think about as they consider a surgical procedure.

Surgical Preparation, Aftercare, and Results

In preparation for surgery, you will be asked to complete lab testing and a medical evaluation, adjust certain hormones or current medications, stop smoking, and stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements that may increase bleeding. Transfeminine top surgery is performed at the Surgery Center of Carmel under general anesthesia and the procedure typically takes two hours. Dr. Chernoff performs top surgery using a small incision.

Following your procedure, gauze or bandages will be applied to your incisions in addition to a wrap-around elastic bandage to minimize swelling and support the breasts. The day after your surgery, the elastic bandage is removed, and a supportive bra will be provided for you to wear in its place.

Following the procedure, our patients are given specific instructions that include how to care for their surgical sites, medications, when to follow up with Dr. Chernoff, and post-care instructions. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases and the breast shape improves. Over time, the breast implants will settle, and the incision scars will improve, although never disappear completely.

The final results of Transfeminine Top Surgery can help alleviate the feelings of gender dysphoria that some individuals experience. At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that gender confirmation surgery is a deeply personal, important procedure that helps transgender people feel more comfortable in their bodies.

Select a Qualified Surgeon for your Gender Affirmation Surgery

As you continue to research top surgery and plan for your procedure, it is essential to limit your search to only board-certified surgeons with experience in breast augmentation for Transfeminine patients. This certification represents the highest standard of training and experience, and it is one of the most important steps that you can take to plan for a safe and satisfying plastic surgery journey.

For over 25 years, Dr. Chernoff has been a pioneer in specialized facial and body feminization procedures. During the consultation, Dr. Chernoff will explain his view of natural feminine symmetry and proportionate features. You will discuss your surgical goals for breast implant size and shape. Dr. Chernoff will explain safety considerations and how he can help you achieve your goals.

Dr. Chernoff is a Triple Board Certified Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon with extensive surgical certifications, experience, knowledge, skill, and aesthetic vision. You can trust your specialized cosmetic face and body enhancement procedures to Dr. Chernoff, who has performed thousands of cosmetic surgeries and procedures for men and women for over 25 years.

To schedule your complimentary consultation, please call our office at 707-544-3232.