FTM Top Surgery

What is FTM Top surgery?

Female to male top surgery (FTM) is a gender confirmation breast procedure that helps patients feel more comfortable in their skin. The procedure helps patients align with who they are inside. FTM top surgery reduces a patient’s breast size and creates a masculine chest.

Surgical methods used to achieve a patient’s desired results include liposuction and excision of breast tissue. Liposuction is good for patients that have a small chest with no sagging skin. For patients with larger breasts, excisional methods are typically used. These methods include inverted-t, double incision, keyhole incision, buttonhole incision and periareolar incision.

The most common methods are:

  • Inverted-T: This method removes extra skin and keeps the nipple/areola attached.

  • Double Incision: A horizontal incision is made on the lower border of the pectoral muscle, then fatty breast tissue is removed. Each nipple may be resized, if necessary.

Which method is right for me?

Dr. Ghaderi will consult and evaluate to give his professional opinion on which method will be best to meet a patient’s goal. The procedure method is based on the size, shape, and elasticity of a patient’s breasts.

How do I know the procedure is right for me?

It is important that patients are comfortable with their decision and with a significant body image change. Surgical candidates must be in good health. It is beneficial to have a good support system post procedure.

Does insurance cover the procedure?

Insurance coverage for FTM top surgery is possible and dependent on a patient’s specific plan. Dr. Ghaderi helps patients understand their insurance policy and pursue coverage for the procedure.

What to expect post-procedure:

  • To be off work or school for about 1 week.
  • To wear a compression garment over the surgical area for about 6 weeks.
  • Depending on the patient, drains may be placed.
  • Scarring will be visible, but eventually fade overtime.

If you are interested in FTM top surgery, please contact our office today to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Ghaderi.