The goal of chest reconstruction top surgery is to remove excess chest tissue and to create a flat appearing (or more conventionally “masculine”-looking) chest. In our experience, the vast majority of patients are thrilled with their final outcome .
Chest reconstruction top surgery is often the first (and sometimes the only) surgical step some transgender individuals take. If you’re considering surgery, it’s important to have realistic expectations and to consider what may occur during or after surgery, such as what your scars will look like, if you will have any loose skin, etc..
Scarring is an inevitable consequence of most surgical procedures. 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 chest reconstruction top 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 time, but will likely always be somewhat visible. Your surgeon will provide you detailed instructions on how to reduce their appearance, if this is something you want.
Chest reconstruction top surgery is a major surgical procedure. It will take time for your chest to heal and settle. It may take up to a year before the final outcome of your procedure is evident, and possibly even longer than that for your scars to fully mature and fade. 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, looking at before and after photos can be a good way to gauge your expectations and communicate them to your surgeon.
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to view a variety of prior patient photos. When viewing these photos, remember that the best way to determine a realistic outcome for your body is to seek out photos of patients with a similar body type to your own.