How will my breasts look and feel after MTF breast augmentation surgery?

Many transwomen and non-binary transfeminine people initiate hormone therapy to encourage breast and nipple growth, but there is a limit to how much the breasts will change with hormones alone. If you want the appearance of larger, fuller breasts, it may be time to consider MTF breast augmentation.

MTF breast augmentation involves an incision under the breast, in the armpit or around the nipple. Through this incision, Dr. Mosser inserts a saline or silicone breast implant. The final results of your procedure will be dramatic, but not necessarily perfect. It’s important to have realistic expectation before undergoing surgery.

What will my breasts look and feel like after surgery?

Every patient is unique, so there is no way to predict exactly how your breasts will look and feel following surgery. It’s important to note that surgically augmented breasts tend to look and feel slightly different from natural breasts.

Augmented breasts are typically slightly further apart, firmer and rounder. These details are visibly heightened in transgender patients who elect to undergo breast augmentation later in life because their chests haven’t gone through the same aging process (sagging and drooping) as cisgender women.

Additionally, transgender patients typically have a wider, more pronounced chest than cisgender women. Choosing the right size and type of implant can help minimize more masculine features. Dr. Mosser will work with you to design a personalized surgical plan for your anatomy. Speaking candidly about your cosmetic goals is the best way to help Dr. Mosser understand your expectations.

MTF Breast Augmentation: Before and After Photos

No two bodies are the same, which makes it difficult to project your final results. However, before and after photos can serve as a very useful tool during the consultation process.

Tips for viewing before and after photos:

  • Rely on photos of patients with a similar body shape to your own (e.g. overall weight, height and chest width). This will help you get a better idea of the size and shape of implants you want.
  • Find images of patients who are near your age. Younger patients generally have greater skin elasticity, which can alter final results.
  • Look for post-surgical scarring. Though most breast augmentation procedures leave minimal scars, incision location will ultimately determine your results.

Trying Out Implant Sizers

Another great way to gauge how you will look post-surgery is to try out breast implant sizers. Sizers can help you choose the right cup size for your body type and cosmetic goals. If you try them on in our office, you can also get a better idea of how your breasts will feel.

If you’re an out-of-town patient, you can make your own sizers using the following materials:

  • Pantyhose or tights
  • Measuring cups
  • Dry rice
  • Scissors

Once you have your materials, cut each leg of the pantyhose in half. Then stretch out each hose to ensure there is enough room for the dry rice. Using a measuring cup, measure out the appropriate amount of rice you will need for your sizers. Standard breast implant sizes are as follows:

  • 1 cup of rice = approximately 250cc
  • 1/2 cup of rice = approximately 125cc
  • 1/4 cup of rice = approximately 75cc

Secure the top of your sizers with a knot and try them on with a sports bra. Though they won’t feel like breast implants, they can give you an idea of how your breasts will look under clothing.