Transgender breast surgery is cosmetic breast enlargement for transgender women that is sometimes part of gender affirmation.
People who are transgender may also identify as transwoman or transsexual depending on the transition stage from one sex to another.
The aim of surgery is to augment the breasts to increase the shape, size and fullness.
Transgender breast augmentation is performed using small incisions in the natural creases under each breast or around the nipple. Saline or silicone implants are then placed in a 'pocket' under the skin and muscle of the breasts to create a natural appearance.
During a consultation with a specialist transgender surgeon, patients may also discuss the possibility of fat transfer in conjunction with breast implants to create a more desired look. Fat can be grafted from other parts of the body such as the stomach and hips to help 'plump' each breast before implant insertion.
Why Choose Transgender Breast Surgery?
Transgender breast surgery can be part of gender affirmation. However, each patients' goals and needs are individual and the current stage of their journey can also play a part in the decision making process.
However, breast surgery can sometimes improve the overall quality of life and lessen gender dysphoria in transgender people.
In addition, many trans people opt for breast augmentation surgery for other reasons, including:
- An improved ability to contribute to the society in which they are part of.
- Decreased depression and anxiety levels, including social anxiety.
- Help to align inner sense of gender identity.
- Improved self confidence and self esteem.
- Enlarge existing breasts following hormonal therapy.
- Improved aesthetic appearance.
- More clothing possibilities without the need for padding.
Ultimately, the goal of transgender breast surgery is to provide feminine and natural looking breasts that the patient loves and is satisfied with for many years into the future. It can often be the defining moment on a trans patients transition journey.
Aftercare / Recovery
Depending on the type of surgery, the extent of surgery and techniques used in your procedure, recovery and aftercare will vary.
Some patients can go home the same day as their procedure whilst others will be recommended an overnight stay in hospital.
Incisions may be surgically glued or stitched depending on location and bandages will require changing following your procedure.
All patients are provided with a tailored aftercare plan in order to get the most out of their surgery, allow their body enough time to heal and be as comfortable as possible for the first 2-14 days.
Following transgender breast surgery, you will be required to wear support garments (such as a sports bra) and rest for 3-5 days. It is important to take care when showering and avoid any strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks. Sleeping on your back in an elevated position can reduce bruising and swelling.
Side Effects / Complications
All surgical procedures come with a level of risk, side effects and complications. Following transgender breast augmentation, it is important to follow your aftercare plan carefully and 'listen to your body'.
Your body has undergone trauma during an operation so do not rush your recovery or do too much activity too quickly.
Patients should be aware of the following side effects and complications:
- Swelling and bruising
- Scars where incisions were made
- Bleeding inside the breast
- Capsular contraction
- Implant displacement
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Breast asymmetry
- Implant rupture
If you have any concerns regarding common side effects or rare complications, speak with your medical professional direct for peace of mind and reassurance.
Why Us For Transgender Breast Surgery?
At the Manchester Private Hospital, our cosmetic surgeons have the knowledge and experience to perform transgender breast surgery on patients throughout the UK.
Our specialist and highly skilled team have undergone thorough training that ensures patient safety, sensitivity and care are at the heart of everything we do.
All patients are treated in confidence and with dignity and our dedicated team ensure all transgender procedures are performed to the highest possible standards.
Not only do we understand the importance and benefits of breast augmentation, but we offer a comfortable and welcoming environment at our state of the art hospital in Greater Manchester.
Book Your Surgery With Confidence
Not all cosmetic surgeons in the UK are experienced in transgender surgery, however, at the Manchester Private Hospital our dedicated team are able to provide transwomen with the procedures they require. Our aim is to ensure all patients feel comfortable and reassured at all times and welcome you to book a consultation today to discuss your goals and potential results.
Call 0161 507 8822 when you are ready to discuss your surgery in a pressure-free, no obligation consultation.