Transfeminine Top Surgery Specialist in Bay Area, Los Gatos CA
The purpose of transfeminine top surgery is to increase the dimension and shape of the breasts in order to give the chest a more feminine look. Dr. Eric Li, at CA Aesthetics is dedicated to offering transgender and gender-diverse clients comprehensive, and supportive care. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 555 Knowles Drive, Suite 218 Los Gatos, CA 95032. We serve clients from Los Gatos CA, Campbell CA, Saratoga CA, Cupertino CA, San Jose CA, Mountain View CA, and surrounding areas.
Top surgery is a broad term used to describe different types of procedures for patients who experience gender dysphoria or gender incongruence and wish to either feminize their chest (e.g., breast augmentation or fat transfer) or masculinize their chest (e.g., mastectomy). Whether the transition is from male to female (MTF), female to male (FTM), or non-binary (N), the surgical technique is always individualized to meet your personal aesthetic goals. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Li will analyze your chest in detail and discuss the techniques which are best suited for you.
CHEST FEMINIZATION SURGERY (MTF):
Various techniques can be used to feminize the chest. Ultimately, the goal is to add tissue, projection, and shape to the chest. The technique that is best suited for you depends on your goals.
Often, patients who are already taking hormone therapy develop softening of their skin and some breast growth. This may lead to development of enough breast shape such that fat transfer or grafting is all that is desired. In this technique, fat is liposuctioned from different areas of your body, processed, and then injected into your chest. Dr. Li prefers to process his fat using the PureGraft® system to have the highest quality fat for injection. The higher the quality of the fat, the greater the likelihood of its survival. The technique of injecting the fat also influences the fat survival and Dr. Li has significant experience with fat transfer to the face, breasts, and buttocks. After the fat is injected, it eventually becomes a part of your chest, such that if you lose weight, the fat will get smaller, but on the other hand, if you gain weight, the fat will get larger. The liposuction performed to retrieve the fat can also help feminize the torso. Lastly, fat transfer or grafting can be combined with breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants to further improve results, e.g., it can be used to target certain areas like the upper half and medial half of the breasts to make it fuller. This is especially helpful in patients who are thinner as fat transfer can make results appear more natural and minimize visibility or palpability of implants.
The limitations of fat transfer or grafting are that you may not always have enough fat to liposuction, and there is a limit to which fat can increase the size and projection of your breasts. This limit is determined by the current volume of your tissues and the tightness of your skin, and generally you can expect the breasts to increase 1 cup size with each surgery. Notably, the skin can sometimes be tighter and stiffer in patients hoping to have MTF top surgery. If larger increases in volume and projection are desired, breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants may be a better option.
The techniques used to place breast implants for transgender patients are the same as those used for cisgender patients, with several nuances to consider. Different incisions can be used to access the chest tissues, including transaxillary, peri-areolar, or inframammary incisions, through which either subglandular/prepectoral or submuscular/subpectoral pockets are created for the implants. Both saline and silicone implants can be placed, although Dr. Li prefers the latter because they are lighter for the same volume and have a more natural feel. To read more about breast augmentation, click this link (https://www.caaesthetics.com/contents/for-her/breast-surgery/breast-augmentation1).
As aforementioned, patients hoping to have MTF top surgery can sometimes have stiffer and tighter skin, and so there may be greater benefit in placing implants in a subglandular/prepectoral pocket to allow maximum stretch and shaping of the skin by the implants. It may also be helpful to use higher profile implant styles as well as more filled implants such as the newer Mentor Xtra or Boost implants to help shape the breasts. If the skin is very tight, it may be necessary to progressively create larger breasts through multiple or staged procedures with gradually larger implants or use special implants called tissue expanders to stretch the skin in a controlled fashion over time.
SURGERY UNDER GENERAL ANESTHETIC
GO HOME THE SAME DAY (DAY SURGERY)
RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN 4 WEEKS
HIDE SCARS IN CAMOUFLAGED AREAS
ADD SIZE, SHAPE, AND FORM TO THE BREASTS
CREATE MORE FEMININE CURVES
BOOST YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
ACHIEVE GENDER CONGRUENCE
TRANSFEMININE TOP SURGERY