The goal of female-to-male (FTM/N) top surgery is to remove excess breast tissue and to create a flat appearing (or more masculine looking) chest. In Dr. Mosser’s experience, the vast majority of patients are thrilled with their final results and benefit from a huge sense of relief.
FTM/N chest reconstruction surgery is usually the first (and sometimes the only) surgical step that transgender men and non-binary transmasculine individuals take on their transformative journey. If you’re considering surgery, it’s important to have realistic expectations. FTM/N top surgery can be a life changing experience, but your final results may have some trade-offs, such as loose skin or visible scarring.
Unfortunately, scarring is an inevitable consequence of most surgical procedures. Though every patient is different, most are happy to exchange their unwanted breasts for chest scars.
The size, length and color of your scars can be hard to predict and will depend on several factors such as your genetic makeup, our skin’s inherent ability to heal, and your post-surgical care. The extent of your FTM/N chest surgery and the incision patterns used will also impact the size and location of scars.
Your scars will be most visible for about 6 weeks post-surgery, appearing raised and darkened in color. They will gradually fade and flatten over the course of 12-18 months. Dr. Mosser will provide you detailed instructions on how to reduce their appearance.
FTM/N chest surgery is a major surgical procedure. It will take time for your chest to heal and settle into its new position. It may take up to a year before the final results of your procedure are evident. In some instances, it may be necessary to undergo additional procedures to correct asymmetry or a complication resulting from surgery. This may result in a longer recovery time.
No two bodies are the same, which makes it difficult to determine exactly how your chest will look post-surgery. However, taking the time to examine before and after photos is the best way to gauge your expectations and communicate them to Dr. Mosser.
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to view a variety of prior patient photos. When viewing these photos, remember the best way to determine realistic results is to seek out photos of patients with a similar body type to your own.