If you’re a transitioning woman, you’ve probably heard the term breast augmentation before. Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that uses breast implants to enhance the size and shape of your chest.
Most transgender women begin hormone therapy and find the resulting body changes to be positive, but still desire a larger bust. By inserting a saline or silicone implant behind each breast, Dr. Mosser can increase your bust line by one or more cup sizes.
Male to female (MTF) breast augmentation can enhance your body confidence and self-esteem. You may be a good candidate for surgery if you are physically healthy, and possess clear goals and expectations. You should be looking for improvement, not perfection.
Transsexual breast augmentation can be performed at any stage in your transition – as the first (and only) step, or after you’ve undergone other physical changes.
The best candidates for transsexual breast implants:
The above list is a series of guidelines and the best approach may vary for some patients. Dr. Mosser will be able to determine if surgery is right for you following a personal consultation.
Many of the techniques used during MTF breast augmentation are the same as traditional breast augmentation. One of the biggest concerns many patients have is whether or not they will have enough skin to cover their desired implant size. In most cases, your skin will stretch naturally to cover your implants. However, this means that the size of your implants should be well-matched to your natural anatomy.
In extreme cases, you may need to have a two-stage procedure to get to a particular size or to have a tissue expander to gradually stretch out your chest skin enough to accommodate implants. This is rare and is usually only the case for women who desire very large implants.
There are no guarantees when it comes to plastic surgery, however, choosing a board certified plastic surgeon will ensure the highest standards of training, education and safety. To find out if your surgeon is board certified, visit the American Board of Plastic Surgery website www.abplsurg.org to search him or her online.
Some surgeons will perform transgender procedures, while others are not comfortable with the additional skill required to do so. For this reason, it’s important to seek out a plastic surgeon whose practice specializes in MTF breast augmentation. You should ask in advance of setting up your consultation to be sure that this is a normal part of your surgeon’s practice.
Additionally, not all board-certified plastic surgeons have specialized training in male to female transgender surgery. You should ask questions about your surgeon’s level of experience (e.g., How often to do you perform this surgery?) and request to see before and after patient photos to determine if he or she is a good fit for your procedure.
Dr. Scott Mosser is a board certified plastic surgeon who has taken a special interest in helping the transgender community. If you would like to learn more about MTF breast augmentation, contact our offices at 415-780-1515 to set-up a consultation with Dr. Mosser. We offer both in-house and virtual procedure consultations.