The goal of FTM chest reconstruction surgery is to create a more masculine-looking chest. The reconstructive process often involves removing breast tissue, excess skin and, resizing or repositioning the nipples. In addition to obvious physical transformations, FTM chest reconstruction also produces changes in bodily sensations.
Prior to electing FTM chest surgery, you should fully understand the scope of the procedure and feel comfortable with the potential resulting consequences. Your personal consultation with Dr. Mosser will cover these topics in-depth.
Ultimately changes in nipple sensation will depend on the extent of your surgery. Patients with a significant amount of breast tissue often require free nipple graft chest reconstruction to obtain desired results. This technique gives Dr. Mosser the flexibly to remove a significant amount of breast tissue while also contouring the chest to your desired shape.
A trade-off to this approach is that the nipple and areola (pigmented area around the nipple) must be removed as skin grafts and relocated to a more natural position on your chest. Their blood supply and nerve endings are disturbed during this process which often results in some loss of sensation. The degree of sensation after surgery is usually similar to the sensation of the upper chest before surgery. So, sensation is still present, but is diminished from the “hypersensation” of the nipples that is usually present before surgery.
Though very uncommon in my practice, it is possible to lose all nipple sensation following FTM chest surgery. Patients who smoke or those diagnosed with diabetes or an autoimmune disease run an increased risk of partial or total nipple graft failure. During your consultation with Dr. Mosser, you should be honest and up front about the entirety of your medical history, so that he can help you form realistic outcome expectations.
Breast tenderness is a common pre-menstrual symptom. Most of this discomfort is related to the breast tissue, which means that it will be significantly diminished or completely gone following l FTM chest reconstruction. If you elect FTM breast reduction, rather than reconstruction, you may still experience some tenderness or discomfort during your cycle unless you begin hormone therapy or have your ovaries removed, treatments which discontinue the menstrual cycle.
Though nipple sensation is likely to be diminished following FTM chest surgery, most patients report increased sexual satisfaction. Studies have shown that sexual satisfaction is often intimately connected to feeling comfortable in one’s own skin and most transmen and transmasculine gender non-conforming people experience greatly enhanced body confidence following FTM chest surgery.
Most patients are very happy with their final results, but it’s important to note that FTM chest surgery typically results in some visible scarring. Keyhole and peri-areolar FTM chest surgery, which is ideal for small-to-moderate breast sizes, result in scars that run around the circumference of the areola. Double incision chest surgery, which is ideal for larger breasts, result in the most significant scarring. Scars typically run in a U-shaped or vertical incision pattern just beneath the pectoral muscles