Female-to-male (FTM) top surgery is becoming a highly requested treatment among females who desire to have their breasts reduced to appear more masculine. One of the most visible differences between the male and female body is the feminine breast versus the masculine chest. Also called male chest contouring, this procedure uses the subcutaneous mastectomy technique to remove fat and breast tissue to recontour the chest. During the process, the board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston will also reposition the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) for a masculine-looking outcome. For females with larger breasts or those with unhealthy or lax skin elasticity, excess skin will be removed so the chest skin is taut and firm. The NAC may also need to be reduced. 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.
To learn more about FTM surgery, or if you have questions regarding any procedure that changes the overall look of your gender, we invite you to call the skilled surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery.
"Austin-Weston is amazing. My first experience with them was in 2007 when I had a life-changing breast reduction. I healed quickly, had minimal scarring and was able to finally buy a shirt that buttoned within weeks of the surgery. 10 years later, I'm still thrilled with the results.For the past year, I've been seeing Savannah for laser hair removal of some hair in undesirable places. Each time, Savannah is incredibly nice and gentle... And there's a noticeable difference each time. After 6 full sessions and a few touch ups, you can't even tell! And after 30 years on this earth, she informed me that I did not have oily skin and switched me over to an Austin-Weston moisturizer that has greatly improved my complexion and made my skin look so much better!The hair removal has greatly improved my confidence and I'm so excited about the results!"- N.C. / Yelp / Dec 11, 2017
"What can I say except THANK YOU!Dr. Weston has to be the BEST surgeon ever!After talking to several other surgeons I was hesitant to have my 35 year old silacone implants removed because I worried about major complications that could occur during surgery. Dr. Weston assured me that he would be able to remove them and told me not to worry. The surgery went well and my recovery time was minimal. I had very little discomfort during the first week of healing. I attribute that to his skill, experience, and attention to detail.It’s been 4 weeks since my surgery and I am 100% satisfied with my results and Dr. Weston."- N.B. / Google / Mar 14, 2019
"I cannot say enough good things about Dr Poindexter and his staff. From start to finish, the entire experience was efficient and put me at ease. If you are on the fence about having a procedure done, just go for the free consult and check it out. The surgery center is beautiful with excellent staff who are always happy to help. My expectations were exceeded and then some."- M.M. / Yelp / Mar 13, 2019
"Dr. Weston and staff were beyond great - the whole process was a favorable experience- after surgery, they were available should any complications surface - NONE did !!! :-) It is just shy of (3) months subsequent to the surgery and the results are very good - am appreciative of Dr. Weston, Cheri (patient consultant), and all of the other team members that made my surgery a relative success!!!! Strongly recommend sourcing to AW and of course, Dr. Weston, for future plastic surgery needs - EXCELLENT!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 07, 2019
"You could tell that this was his passion - From Day 1, the staff was caring and very helpful through the process. Dr. Poindexter whom performed my "Mommy Makeover" was great from the beginning! You could tell that this was his passion and his work shows for it! Everyone at Austin-Weston made sure I understood everything that was going on and very knowledgeable on any questions asked. Thank you Austin-Weston for a great first experience..."- M. / RealSelf / Mar 05, 2019
The are many surgical techniques that can be used in FTM top surgery. Our surgeons will typically select based on the starting size of the chest and the 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. We will go over any specific recovery instructions and schedule follow-up appointments to check the patient’s healing. Our team of aftercare nurses can also offer information on scar care management to help minimize the appearance of surgical scars.
At Austin-Weston, we know that each patient case is unique, which is why the cost of your procedure will be dependent on a number of factors. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures. However, we offer a variety of financing options and payment plans that can help make your treatment affordable. To learn more, call our front desk to schedule a private consultation. During this time, we can discuss your treatment plan and estimate your costs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $9,150
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
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.
Avoiding Dog Ears?
“Dog ears” are often associated with FTM top surgery as a description of the excess skin and fat that can bulge out of the stitches. Dog ears can be avoided with extra liposuction during the procedure for the fat below the armpits and on the side of the chest. Patients can avoid developing dog ears after their surgery by maintaining a healthy, stable weight.
CHANGE YOUR SHAPE TODAY
To learn more about female-to-male top surgery and the other plastic surgeries we offer to help create the unique look you desire, we invite you to call our Reston, VA cosmetic surgery office. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston treat our patients with compassion and offer skill with an artistic approach to surgery that leads to natural-looking outcomes. Schedule your consultation to learn more.