Chest reconstruction top surgery is often the first, and sometimes only, surgery that many people opt for. However, there are additional chest procedures that can be performed together with your chest reconstruction top surgery, formerly known as FTM top surgery, to enhance your final outcome. Discover surgery options at our San Francisco office such as liposuction, pectoral implants, and revision procedures that suit your goals and preferences. Combining multiple procedures may also benefit your top surgery cost and recovery, however it is important to have a discussion with your surgeon to determine whether you are a good candidate for such procedures.
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. It is ideal for people who wish to remove excess fat from the abdomen, flanks, hips and buttocks. Liposuction is a very straightforward procedure that can usually be performed alongside chest reconstruction top surgery. Once the patient has been sedated, the GCC surgeon will make very small incisions (around 4mm) near the target treatment sites.Then a cannula (a thin suctioning tube) is inserted into these incisions. Using gentle back-and-forth motions, the GCC surgeon will break up and suction out excess fat.
Pectoral implants can be used to add balance and proportion to your upper body. Implants are composed of a solid silicone base – unlike traditional breast implants – so there is no risk of rupture. However, this material does not generate the sculpted, contoured chest that a dedicated weight training program can, so in general our practice recommends weight-lifting and exercise before deciding to use pectoral implants. In fact, our surgeons rarely perform pectoral implant surgery.
It may be possible to combine multiple procedures into a single surgery. Your surgeon will be able to determine if you are a good candidate following an in-person consultation. Many patients prefer to group multiple procedures into a single surgery because it’s generally less expensive and eliminates the need for multiple recovery periods.
It is important to note that combining multiple procedures may increase your risk of surgical complications. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you in-depth prior to your procedure. In certain circumstances, it may be safer to perform your procedures in stages to decrease these risks.
Chest reconstruction top surgery is a complicated procedure and there are no absolute guarantees. Though most patients only require a single surgery to achieve their desired outcome, in our practice there is a 3-4% chance that you will need revision surgery following chest reconstruction top surgery. Additional procedures may be necessary to correct chest asymmetry or a complication related to surgery, such as liposuction or removal of excess skin.
If revision surgery is necessary, you will not be charged an additional surgeon’s fee for revisionary procedures – as long as they are within the scope of the original surgery, and as long as the revision is performed within one year of the original surgery. However, you will still be responsible for anesthesia and operating room costs.