Three Things to Consider Before a Transgender Breast Augmentation
Feeling like your physical appearance does not match your gender identity is a distressing experience for transgender men and women. Gender dysphoria causes depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Sufferers may withdraw from friends and family, becoming isolated. An image that outwardly reflects your gender restores confidence and brings fulfilment in being the person you are supposed to be.
The chest area is one of the most easily noticeable gender identifiers. Transgender men may choose to bind the area to create a flat silhouette, while transgender women could opt for padded bras or artificial breast inserts. In some cases, this will not alleviate feelings of dysphoria, as the effect is only superficial. For example, you may feel uncomfortable pursuing romantic relationships or participating in sports such as swimming. Surgical augmentation of the chest could be the answer to feeling comfortable with your body.
As with any surgery, there are points to consider and discuss with your doctor.
Identify Your Goals and Aspirations
Breast augmentation for transgender women is a very similar to the procedure used on cisgender women. However, transgender women tend to have wider chests and smaller nipples, so implants must be properly sized and placed to achieve a natural looking breast. At Vantage Plastic Surgery we will discuss your options with in detail to ensure you are happy with the outcome.
Scarring and Recovery Time
It is understandable that you will want to resume your normal activities as soon as possible post-surgery. Your body will require time to recover and you may not be able to do any strenuous activity for six weeks. Our patients seek to minimize scarring from chest masculinization or breast augmentation. Your surgeon will teach you techniques such as massage and silicone sheeting to encourage healing.
Use of Silicone Injections
Injecting silicone into the chest area can create the appearance of a bust for transgender women. Although somewhat commonplace, this practice is not approved by the FDA. It is vital that you tell your doctor if you have used silicone injections, as it increases the risk of infection and scarring in breast augmentation surgery.
Everyone is entitled to feel comfortable in their own skin. At Vantage Plastic Surgery in New York City, we look forward to helping you on your journey of self-actualization. Call today for an appointment.
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