Male to Female Top Surgery Melbourne

Male to Female TOP Surgery in Melbourne

Male to Female (MTF) Top surgery also known as Male to Female breast augmentation surgery is now available with Dr Patrick Briggs a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Gender Surgery expert – now in Melbourne.

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What is MTF Top Surgery?

MTF Top Surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that transforms male chests to female breasts. Alternatively, it can also be done to add size to the breast in addition to hormonal therapy for transgender females which gives a feminine shape and size to the breast.

What are the Benefits of MTF Top Surgery?

  • Firstly, it enhances the size and shape of your breast
  • Secondly, it enhances the feminine look of your breasts, which in turn can boosting self-confidence.
  • And thirdly, it creates breast symmetry and increases nipple projection.

You should discuss your conditions and the benefits of MTF Top Surgery before going through with the procedure to see if the procedure is the right fit for you.

Am I a Good candidate for MTF Top Surgery?

MTF Top surgery may be the procedure for you if you are:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Realistic about the outcome of the surgery
  • A non-smoker
  • In a normal weight range
  • Not planning major weight loss or gain
  • Hormonal therapy alone has proved insufficient to give you your desired breast size.
  • Want to enhance the feminine shape of your breast.
  • Under the care of a psychologist or psychiatrist

If you fit the above description then Book a Consultation with Dr Briggs.

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FTM Top Surgery Before & After

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Your MTF Top Surgery Journey

Consultation

Consultation forms the first phase of your MTF Top Surgery journey. Here you will have an in-depth discussion with your care provider about the procedure to see if you meet the criteria. Dr Briggs will then take a detailed medical history. He will also ask you about your goals for the procedure. Here it would help if you were honest and reasonable about your expectations. This can help you get the outcome you desire.

Dr Briggs will then discuss with you your various implant options. These include:

  • Type of Implant to use: Saline, Silicone.
  • Breast implant incision locations. There are 3 incision options including;
    1. Within the lower breast creases (Inframammary)
    2. Around the areola complexes (peri-areolar incision)
    3. Or the armpit (transaxillary)
  • Breast implant shape and size: It is important to make the breast appear proportional to your overall physique.
  • Implant texture.
  • Breast implant placement –Breast Implants can be put either;
    • sub-glandular – Below the breast tissue but above the pectoral muscles
    • Or, sub-muscular – Above the chest wall but beneath the pectoral muscles

Your surgeon will discuss all of these options with you and will choose the best breast augmentation procedure that suits your needs. They will also discuss the modality of the procedure and all possible risks and complications. We encourage you to be inquisitive and to voice any questions, queries or doubts. You will be expected to refrain from using aspirin or other blood-thinning to prevent excessive bruising.

The Procedure

This is the second phase of your journey.

Breast enhancement surgery is done under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 2 hours. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. In other words, you will be able to go home the day of surgery, after a few hours of monitoring.

  • In the operation theatre, you will be anaesthetised using a general anaesthetic under the care of a Specialist Anaesthetist.
  • After you are anaesthetised, an incision is made around your nipple or below the breast in inframammary breast folds or near the armpit. The incision is around 5cm in size.
  • Pockets are made behind each breast to accommodate the implants.
  • Implants of your choice are then put into these pockets and adjustments are made to ensure they are symmetrical.
  • When the implants are in place, your surgeon then closes the pockets using absorbable sutures and the site of incision using non-absorbable sutures.
  • Once complete a bandage will be applied to the incision site.

Recovery

Fortunately, you will be able to go home to recover in the comfort of your own bed, following the initial observation period. However, you will need someone to drive you as you will not be able to drive for approximately one week following surgery. Strict bed rest for a few days after surgery is a must.

  • A surgical bra needs to be worn for approximately 4-6 weeks.
  • Your dressing will be changed 5-7 days following surgery.
  • You can resume Light exercises after two weeks.
  • Avoid upper body exercises for a few weeks as it may cause your implants to be displaced.
  • Heavy lifting should be avoided.
  • Jobs requiring minimum stress can be resumed within a week of surgery.
  • Resuming strenuous works should be delayed for at least 8 weeks.
  • Proper results of the surgery will be visible in about 10-12 weeks.
  • Scarring fades away over time but does not disappear completely.

All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of MTF Top Surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.

Frequently Asked Question About FTM Chest Surgery

What is male to female top surgery?

  • Also known as Male to Female Breast Augmentation Surgery refers to the cosmetic surgical procedure that transforms male chests to female breasts. It can also add size to the breast in addition to hormonal therapy in transgender females creating a more feminine shape and size to the breast.

What are the risks when undergoing a male to female top surgery?

  • Risks and complications associated with male to female breast augmentation surgery include:
    • Wrinkling of skin over the implant
    • Loss of sensation over the nipple and breast
    • Faulty position of the implant
    • Implant leak
    • Or rupture
    • Infection at the implant site
    • Capsular contracture
    • Breast pain
    • Need for repeat surgery.
    • Breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL); seen more in use of textured implants

Who is an ideal candidate for a male to female top surgery?

  • You are an ideal candidate for the surgery if you are:
    • Over 18 years of age
    • In good physical and mental health.
    • realistic about the outcome of the surgery
    • A non-smoker
    • Within a normal weight range
    • Not planning major weight loss or gain
    • Hormonal therapy alone has proved insufficient to give you your desired breast size.
    • Want to enhance the feminine shape of your breast.

Will my insurance cover for a male to female top surgery?

  • Unfortunately no.
  • Medicare views the procedure of Male to female breast augmentation surgery as a cosmetic surgical procedure done without any medical indications.
  • Your insurance company will not cover it.
  • You must cover the full cost of the surgery yourself.

How long do the breast implants last?

  • Your implants on an average can last anywhere between 10-20 years.
  • However, most surgeons will suggest you remove and replace your implants around the ten-year mark.
  • You may choose to have your implants taken out earlier if you have;
    • Cosmetic concerns
    • Want to change the size, type and shape of the current implants
    • Or, complications arise.

When should I remove my breast implants?

  • You may need to remove the implants if:
    • Hardening of implants occurs due to capsular contracture, which gives rise to pain, tenderness and cosmetic appearance.
    • A saline rupture in either breast; This can cause the breast implant to deflate and lose its shape and size which can be quiet a dramatic difference when a comparison is made to the other breast.
    • Silicone rupture giving rise to symptoms like decreased breast size, breast asymmetry, hard lump formation, pain, swelling and loss of sensation around the breast. Most cases of silicone rupture, however, remain asymptomatic.
    • Change in position of the implant causing stretching and sagging of skin around your breast, leading to one breast hanging below another.

When can I resume normal activities, and what will my recovery be like following the surgery?

  • Recovery;
    • Following the initial observation, you will be able to go home the day of surgery.
    • However, you will need someone to drive you as you will not be able to drive for about a week following surgery.
    • You will need a few days bed rest, following your surgery.
    • We also advise that a surgical bra needs to be worn for approximately four weeks.
  • Resuming normal activities;
    • You can resume jobs that require minimum stress within a week or two of surgery.
    • You can also generally resume light exercises after two weeks.
    • However, avoid upper body exercises for at least a few weeks as it may cause your implants to become displaced. You should also avoid heavy lifting during this time.
    • Furthermore, we advise patients to abstain from Strenuous works for at least 8 weeks.
    • Proper results of the surgery will be visible in about 10-12 weeks and scarring fades away over time but does not disappear completely.

Male to Female MTF Gender Reassignment Surgery FAQs

At what age can I get top surgery?

  • You can get top surgery at the age of 18 and older.
  • You can opt for a top surgery even earlier, but only with parents’ consent.
  • In most countries, however, there are restrictions on these surgeries to the age of 18 and above.

Is Top surgery a major surgery?

  • Yes, top surgery is a major surgery with risks and complications that may or may not occur.
  • Consult your specialised plastic surgeon on any concerns you may have and make sure you fully understand the implications of a gender reassignment surgery as well as the irreversibility of the procedure.

Can you get top surgery if you’re nonbinary?

  • Yes, top surgery is available to all people who would like to change their breasts’ shape and size.
  • It includes one or more of the following; breast (re)construction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, nipple reduction, etc.

Is Top surgery painful?

  • Yes, top surgery is painful.
  • For this reason, you will be put under in general anaesthesia for the surgery.
  • Your surgeon will also perscribe you pain relievers to manage any pain during the recovery period.
  • Some pain, swelling and discomfort are a normal part of healing and recovery.
  • Your specialised plastic surgeon will be able to explain exactly what kind of discomfort to expect and how you can manage it.

How long does it take to heal from top surgery?

  • In general, it may take anywhere between one and two weeks to heal after top surgery.
  • Specialised plastic surgeons recommend that the return to normal duties be very gradual and take several weeks, depending on your case and the recovery pace.

How do you sleep after top surgery?

  • You should sleep in a reclined position on your back after top surgery.
  • Avoid sleeping on the side of the stomach until your specialist plastic surgeon gives you clearance to do so.

How long do nipples take to heal after top surgery?

  • Nipples may take anywhere between two and three weeks for initial healing to complete.
  • After this period, it may take up to a full year for permanent results to be visible.
  • It is important to follow your specialised plastic surgeon’s advice and guidance at all times, to prevent overly wide scars and keloids from forming.

Can you feel your nipples after top surgery?

  • How well you can feel your nipples depends on the kind and the extent of the surgery.
  • In general, sensation persists, but you may lose the hypersensitivity experienced during intimate moments with the partner.

How long do you stay in the hospital after top surgery?

  • You should stay in the hospital for at least 3 to 5 days post-op or even longer if your surgeon deems it necessary.
  • A lengthy hospital stay makes it easier to have post-op checkups and appointments.

Do top surgery scars go away?

  • Top surgery scars do fade over time, but to make them completely go away, you should follow your specialised plastic surgeon’s advice on proper scar care. Ensure you moisturise well and do not expose your scars to the sunlight.
  • You can also schedule a scar revision procedure, if necessary.

How long do I have to wear a binder after top surgery?

  • In general, you must wear binders or compression garments for 3-6 weeks post-op.
  • Your surgeon may indicate a longer time, depending on the complexity of your case and the extent of the procedure.
  • Always wear your compression garment or a binder post-op. This is the only way to keep everything in place and guarantee great results.

What should I wear after top surgery?

  • You should wear the compression garment at all times.
  • Your clothes should be loose and comfortable, and you should not be too hot, not too cold, or feel the pressure of any kind.
  • You should avoid temperature extremes, as they put additional stress on your body.
  • Excessive sweating may also increase the risk of infections.

How long after top surgery can I drive?

  • You should not drive for as long as you take any pain medication after your top surgery.
  • You should also avoid driving until you have a full range of motion with your arms and can comfortably make sudden movements involving your arms and the upper body.

When can I swim after top surgery?

  • You can enjoy mild water activities and a short stay in humid environments approximately three weeks post-op.
  • For any longer activities in water, such as swimming and diving, you may want to wait for at least six months since you will need a full range of motion of your arms to be able to move underwater.

Can I wear deodorant after top surgery?

  • No. You should not wear any deodorant after a top surgery until your incisions have completely healed, and your surgeon says it is OK to do so.
  • Give your body time to heal and your incisions the time to reattach.
  • Any chemicals entering the wound can be dangerous and cause a sudden and sharp pain.

How much does top surgery cost?

  • You can expect to pay anywhere between AUD 4,000 and AUD 18,000 for top surgery in Australia.
  • Be mindful that the costs may go up depending on your body and the breast size you desire.
  • You should always consult your specialised plastic surgeon about any pricing, since top gender reassignment surgery estimates are a rough preduction of the actual costs.

Is male to female top surgery worth it?

If you are a transgender female in distress due to the difference between your experienced gender and the gender assigned at birth and want a more feminine look to your chest, then male to female top surgery is worth it. It helps to feminise your chest area, transforming it into breasts, giving you an enhanced feminine appearance, the appearance you always wanted.

Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?

Choosing to have plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedure done is a big decision, to ensure that you get the results you desire selecting a certified professional with vast experience in the field is of paramount importance.

Dr Patrick Briggs a highly skilled Specialist Plastic surgeon, but he also has over 20 years experience. He has received training in the USA, England, and Ireland. Dr Briggs now consults and operates in Melbourne, at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery. He is an ASPS certified plastic surgeon who performs surgeries with innovative and up-to-date approaches. Last but not least he an expert in face, breast, and body surgeries for men and women but he also offers high-quality natural-looking plastic surgery results.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 264 811, Email us: enquiries@cocoruby.com.au or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.


Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.