Chest masculinization surgery, or “top surgery” is masculinization of a transgender man’s chest by surgical removal of the breasts. For many transgender men, this is a natural step (although some individuals choose to keep their breasts as transgender people can relate to their bodies differently).
During the operation, breast tissue is surgically removed and the breast is reshaped and chest wall gets reduced. This creates a masculine contour and appearance. Depending on the size and volume of the breasts, nipples and areolas can be also repositioned on the reshaped chest accordingly to fit the new masculine appearance.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.