Dr. Michael Suzman

FTM Top Surgery in Westchester County, NY

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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. 

Surgical Technique

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
  • Periareolar
  • Keyhole
  • Minimal Scar

Doctor Suzman's coordinator helped me understand my options, perscriptions and Dr. Suzman's reccommendations. Dr. Suzman exceeded all my expectations, he was spot on in his diagnosis and go forward action plan, a great communicator excellent bedside manner. I am looking forward to my next visit. Dr. Suzman is an outstanding plastic surgeon with excellent support staff. WMG_PlasticSurgery_3030_Westchester Visit date: January 11, 2024

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The care that I received was superb. I cannot imagine any better care from any better facility or surgeon WMG_PlasticSurgery_3030_Westchester Visit date: January 16, 2024

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My experience with Dr. Suzman was wonderful. At 70 years old , I finally wanted to have breast reconstruction from a lumpectomy due to breast cancer. Dr Suzman explained everything he was going to do in surgery. He is very compassionate and understanding. I look so much better due to his skills. He's the one to go too for any services for plastic surgery. Also, The team of women who work for him are very kind and helpful. WMG_PlasticSurgery_3030_Westchester Visit date: January 22, 2024

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Dr. Suzman did my rhinoplasty and it was the best decision I have ever made. It was for both medical and cosmetic reasons.  My nose is gorgeous, so natural.  I had an amazing experience. Everyone was so kind and comforting going into it.  Dr. Suzman was gentile I barely bruised.  I highly recommend Dr. Suzman and his team !

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I don't have enough good things to say about Dr. Suzman and his team. I have been after a breast surgery for the past 10 years and once I met Dr. Suzman, I knew I didn't have to look any further. His side bed manners are exceptional and his work speaks for itself. If you are looking to get plastic surgery done, contact his team, you are in the best hands possible.

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During/After Surgery

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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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.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.