Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Suzman, offers a very specialized surgery that has changed the lives of many individuals transitioning from female to male. One of the most visible distinctions between the male and female body is the appearance of feminine breasts versus a masculine chest. Female to male (FTM) top surgery, also referred to as male chest contouring, uses the subcutaneous mastectomy technique to eliminate and reduce as much fat and breast tissue in the chest region, and then contour the area for a more masculine look.
During this process, Dr. Suzman repositions the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) so that the results is natural and proportionate. For larger breasts or patients with low skin elasticity, excess skin will also be removed so the chest skin is taut and firm. Since the ideal male chest is not flat, but slightly rounded from developed pectoral muscles, pectoral implants may be added for a more masculine chest.
"Highly recommend ! Very happy patient. - Dr Suzman and his team are the absolute best! He is caring and patient and makes the plastic surgery process stress free. The results are more than I could have hoped for. Highly recommend! My procedure included lift, implant, and lipo and after 6 weeks of recovery so far, I couldn’t be happier. The office location is convenient, hours are flexible so you can have apts before work, all staff i..."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 30, 2018
"Amazing doctor and so nice"- B.P. / Healthgrades / Jun 05, 2018
"Great doctor - Excellent doctor, so nice and did a fantastic job on removing my basil cell cancer. The wind was very deep and did not look like it was going to heal well but now you can hardly tell that there was anything done and it is only three months later."- B. / RealSelf / Jun 04, 2018
"He performed my procedure a little over a year ago and I'm fully satisfied with my overall results . I have recommended him to my colleagues and friends . He has excellent bedside manners and his staff is great ."- E.A. / Yelp / May 21, 2018
"I never had surgery before, so I was extremely nervous to have a breast reduction. I was also worried about my recovery. Dr Suzman, Heather, and the rest of the staff were extremely caring and assured me everything was going to be ok. Everything wasn’t just ok it was amazing! My reduction was everything I wanted and more and I was able to recover quickly and enjoy the rest of my summer! I highly recommend Dr Suzman for he has forever changed my life for the better. Thank you!?"- D.J. / Facebook / Jan 10, 2018
The are many surgical techniques that can be used in FTM top surgery and the plastic surgeon will typically choose based on the starting size of the chest and patient’s skin elasticity. All techniques preserve the patient’s natural nipple and areola, but the placement is usually changed to fit the new contour. Common subcutaneous mastectomy techniques include:
- Buttonhole Technique
- Double Incision
- Inverted T/T-Anchor
- Minimal Scar
FTM top surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. After the surgery, the patient will be put in a compression vest that they should wear for at least 3 – 4 weeks to minimize bruising and swelling. Dr. Suzman will go over any specific recovery instructions and schedule follow-up appointments to check the patient’s healing. We will also offer information on scar care management to help minimize the appearance of surgical scars.
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FTM Top Surgery FAQs
Other Body Surgeries?
To fully transform from a female body to a male, body contouring surgeries like liposuction can help to make the body more masculine. One of the most popular FTM body contouring surgeries removes fat from the hips, thighs, and buttocks since the male lower body is typically more narrow than the female.
HRT Therapy Before?
While patients are not required to be on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) before their FTM top surgery, it can give better results. The testosterone can help develop the patient’s pectoral muscles, which will create a more natural contour.
Breast Cancer Risk?
There is no clear answer on whether or not FTM top surgery reduces or eliminates the risk of breast cancer. While less breast tissue means a lower chance of cancer cells in the breast tissue, the higher levels of estrogen from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) typically increases the risk of breast cancer. Patients should continue to perform regular self-breast examinations and have their doctor perform a chest exam annually to check for abnormalities.