The Do’s and Don’ts of Female-to-Male Top Surgery
If you are born a woman but identify as a man, life can be difficult, confusing, and frustrating. If you have been experiencing gender dysphoria, you may be considering gender-affirmation surgery. Part of this process is female-to-male top surgery.
A female-to-male top surgery, also called transmasculine top surgery, is an operation performed on those with traditionally female anatomy who want a more masculine appearance for their chest. It is performed by Mr. Inglefield, a skilled surgeon who has specific training in gender-affirmation surgeries.
The goal of female-to-male top surgery is to remove the breast tissue and contour the chest to give it a more traditionally masculine appearance. It is a single-stage procedure and is highly individualized to suit individual needs.
To be able to have the transmasculine top surgery, you must fulfill the following criteria. You must:
- Have a strong desire to be a male and be treated as a male
- Have an incompatibility with being a female and having female sexual characteristics
Only after your distress is clinically proven will you be given consent for the treatment and the surgeries associated with changing your anatomical sex characteristics from female to male.
The Dos and Don’ts of Female-to-Male Top Surgery
Before your transition from female to male, you are required to consult a psychologist, who will determine whether you are mentally fit for the procedure or whether you are being forced. On deciding that you are an ideal candidate, you will be briefed about the surgery.
The Do’s of Transmasculine Top Surgery
- Make sure you discuss your goals and expectations with Mr. Inglefield.
- Share your family medical history, including breast-cancer history, with Mr. Inglefield.
- If you have breast implants, inform Mr. Inglefield.
- Perform a self-check breast and chest exam before and after the surgery.
- Get regular screenings for breast cancer, as the surgery is not an answer for breast cancer.
- Choose someone to help you recover after the surgery is complete. A friend or family member is ideal for this.
- Precisely follow the post-surgical care directions given to you by Mr. Inglefield.
The Don’ts of Transmasculine Top Surgery
- Do not drink alcohol for several weeks before the surgery.
- Do not smoke for at least two weeks before the surgery and during your recovery process, as smoking negatively affects the health of the skin.
- Do not hide any medical history, medical conditions, medications you are currently taking, or allergies from Mr. Inglefield.
- Do not wear tight clothes until you have completely recovered from the surgery.
- Do not seek the surgery because of peer pressure.
If you fail to follow post-surgery care, the risks of infection are greater. You must ensure that you rest and avoid physical exertion until the incisions are healed. You will need to make sure to consult with Mr. Inglefield before you resume regular physical activities.
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