Living in a body that feels foreign is a challenging situation that leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety. Fortunately, the latest surgical techniques and technology have made gender transition more common than before.
Breasts are a very important component of a feminine concept of beauty and sensuality. The appearance of the breasts is closely tied to self-image and body confidence. “Top Surgery” or male to female breast augmentation is often times one of the first procedures performed during a patient’s gender transition.
Breast augmentation for transgender patients is generally performed when hormone therapy fails to provide satisfactory enlargement of the breasts. Genetically male breast tissue is similar to genetically female breast tissue allowing surgeons to use conventional breast augmentation techniques to perform transgender breast surgery.
Male to Female Breast augmentation by Chicago Plastic Surgeons Dr David Shifrin and Dr Brian Rosett can provide dramatic improvement in the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. In addition, the silhouette and proportion of the upper body is often improved, allowing clothes to fit better and giving the whole body a more feminine appearance.
Whether breast augmentation is performed alone or in combination with other transgender procedures such as body contouring, facial feminization or buttocks augmentation, our goal is to help you feel better about the appearance of your chest and improve the confidence you have in your body.
The shape of augmented breasts depends on the implant selected for use. Implants can be round or teardrop-shaped (anatomical). Anatomical implants provide defined upper pole volume while smooth round implants fill out the normal soft tissue of the breast. The different implant styles have vastly different feel due to their internal composition.
Realistic expectations are important. Some patients think of breast size in terms of bra cup size. If a size “A” wanted to be a size “C”, there needs to be adequate existing breast tissue coverage: otherwise there could be visible or palpable implant edges and other possible risks.
Breast Augmentation Facts
• Silicone Implants are safe and have been cleared for use by the FDA.
• Implants are available in saline and silicone with differing pros and cons.
• Implants can be placed above or below the Pectoralis Major muscle.
• Scar position for placement choices includes in the fold under the breast, in the armpit and at the edge of the areola.
What are smooth and textured implants?
Smooth Implants have smooth surfaces that freely move within a dissected breast pocket. Smooth implants were the first used in breast implant manufacturing and remain the standard today. A textured (roughened surface) implant is designed to maintain the position of the implant within the breast pocket. It adheres to the overlying tissue “like Velcro” holding the implant in its place.
What are the choices of implant positions?
The simplest surgical placement of the implant is under the breast tissue (submammary). A slightly more difficult surgical placement is under the chest muscle (submuscular or subpectoral). There is slightly more pain postoperatively than with a submammary positioning during your breast augmentation procedure but the submuscular position does provide extra tissue to hide the implant edge making it more natural appearing.
When you choose Male to Female Breast Augmentation, you will have many important decisions to make. Dr Shifrin and Dr Rosett and staff will help guide you in deciding what the best option is for your goals. We strive to help you achieve beautiful results that match your body and your lifestyle.
If you would like to learn more about the Male to Female Breast Augmentation procedure, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Shifrin today. Alternatively you can call our office at (312) 502-6200 to schedule your appointment.