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

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
- Infection
- 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.

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Transgender Breast Surgery - FAQs

Surgery typically takes between 2-3 hours to perform depending on the extent of the procedure.
Some patients can return home the same day after a short recovery period post surgery. However, an overnight stay is usually recommended for observation and immediate aftercare.
The ideal candidate is someone who is looking to improve or enhance their breasts as part of male to female transition.
A discussion will take place regarding how you feel and the results you wish to achieve. An assessment can also be carried out to check the skin laxity and breast volume pre-surgery.
Some scarring may be visible. However, your surgeon will try to hide incisions as much as possible under each breast or in the natural creases of your breasts, which will fade over time.
Yes. It is common to combine breast surgery with liposuction, fat transfer and nipple correction/enhancement.
Our state of the art facilities are located in Greater Manchester in the North West of England. However, due to the nature of the surgery, we accommodate patients from all regions of the North, South and Midlands including; London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Patient Reviews

Louise D

Louise D

I am 2 months post op of breast implants and I cannot praise this Clinic enough Clerical Staff, Nurses Theatre staff and especially Dr Shah amazing! From my first consultation to my last check up i have been fully informed of my procedure all queries and questions answered day and night (Lorraine was brilliant always on hand) and Dr Shah put me at ease (as a very nervous patient on the day of my op) with his professionalism and excellent manner. I would have no problem recommending the clinic (as i have wanted this op for 10 years i have researched alot !) i am so happy with my new breasts and wish i would have gone there sooner thank you so much MPH for giving me such confidence again xx
Kerry B

Kerry B

I had a breast augmentation with mr signh 12th April and I can’t thank this man and his staff enough I was treated like a vip from day one every week i get a message to see how things are going I wouldn’t change a thing I’m 4 weeks post op my scars are healing nice my breasts look and feel so natural and look amazing!!!! On the day of my op I was anxious but the staff in the Manchester hospital made me feel welcome and put me at ease the hospital is so clean and the staff lovely and so friendly after my op I was well looked after I ate had 2 nice cups of tea n a little rest I had my 1 week app right away and went to that the following week every thing is as it should be mr Singh has changed myLife every day they look different and the after care and communication is amazing I can’t wait to see him again in a few weeks I couldn’t fault this place n the staff at all thank u for making my experience pre n post op amazing been recommending to friends and family as u do so much than just boobs lol u guys are amazing n I look and feel amazing mr Singh is the best in the business seeing what happened to my mates boobs I’m glad we had a long consultation and discussed every thing how many times over and the end results speak for themselves:)
Charlotte

Charlotte

Amazing experience at Manchester Private Hospital for my recent breast augmentation. The staff were all lovely and very attentive. My surgeon Dr Singh is honestly amazing. 4 weeks post op and my new breasts are looking amazing already.
Claudia T

Claudia T

I had Breast Augmentation surgery at Manchester Private Hospital under Dr Shah at the end of March 2019. Every single aspect of the journey went better than I ever could have expected. Every member of staff that I encountered were friendly and supportive, the facilities were very clean and comfortable, and I am over the moon with the whole experience. Very highly recommended in all areas!

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