What is FTM Gender Surgery?
For transmen and some nonbinary people, the chest can be a source of gender dysphoria, leading to significant emotional and psychological distress. FTM Gender surgery, otherwise known as FTM (female-to-male) top surgery, is a gender-affirming surgery which removes the breast tissue and creates a more masculine-appearing chest.
Dr. Timothy Janiga is a board-certified plastic surgeon trained at the prestigious University of Michigan Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is experienced in FTM top surgery.
Top surgery is performed under general anesthesia. First, incisions will be made in either periareloar (around the nipple) or double incisions (DI) along the bottom of each breast. Dr. Timothy Janiga will help advise which incision technique will be best suited for your anatomy and most effective to achieve your goals.
After the incisions have been made, the breast tissue will be removed. In addition to all breast tissue, excess skin may be removed if necessary.
Following this step, the chest will be shaped and contoured for a more masculine appearance and then the area will be sutured closed. Drains will likely be put in place for a day or two to aid in proper healing.
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FTM Recovery and Results
After your procedure, you will wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. To ease discomfort as you heal, you may take pain medications, which may be over the counter or prescribed by Dr. Janiga.
Following top surgery, most patients require about two weeks to rest and recover before returning to work or school. Swelling and bruising are common; you may use ice packs to relieve swelling, which usually subsides within two weeks. Be sure to follow Dr. Janiga’s postoperative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. Once you have healed, you will be left with a masculine chest contour.
Schedule a Consultation
To schedule a top surgery consultation with Dr. Janiga, call our Reno, Nevada office at (775)364-0224 or request an appointment online.