The board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery understand the importance that skill and artistry play in plastic surgery. This is especially the case for individuals who are transitioning to look physically different than the body they were born with.
For patients desiring to look more feminine, body contouring surgery aims to add fullness and volume to the breasts, hips, and buttocks. In the initial consultation, we will ask the right questions to get a thorough understanding of the type of body shape you desire as well as your overall goals. A unique body contouring surgery plan for a more feminine appearance will be created.
To create a female chest, we recommend patients be on hormones for at least 12 months prior to surgery. Just the addition of hormones (prescribed by your endocrinologist) can create a pleasing breast mound, and some patients elect to not have surgery at all after hormones. If, however, you desire more fullness and volume in the bust, your surgeon will discuss either fat transfer or breast implants as possible options.
At the time of breast implants, liposuction or other body contouring procedures can be performed to help shape the body and give a more feminine appearance.
"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
"Dr. Weston is very knowledgeable and professional. staff is friendly. clinic is a bit expensive, but you get good results."- M.Z. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2019
"Wow! This place is great. This was my first time ever going for a cosmetic procedure and let me start off by saying how friendly and kind the staff are here. Like, all of them were so nice. I am 23 and I went in for a consultation for sculpsure and also some injectable fillers for my mouth area. The doctor walked me through all of the options that would best fit my body type regarding the body contouring, though I ended up not going through with it for now until I have more money coming to me . HOWEVER I did get to address something that has been troubling me for a while, which was my asymmetrical lips (top one was a lot smaller than bottom) and the start of nasolabial folds (I hope I spelled that right). I am super into preventative skin care, and these were problem areas that simply could not be fixed with any at-home skincare tricks. I felt very embarrassed by them because even though I am 23, I felt like it was making me look older. So the doctor took the time to listen to all of my concerns and was INCREDIBLY SKILLED AND INTUITIVE when placing the injections. I actually have him a hug afterwards because I was so happy with the results immediately . So all-in-all I think this place is wonderful at what they do, making you look and feel your best and treating your unique problem areas in a safe and comfortable environment."- C.F. / Yelp / Sep 18, 2019
"Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery Dr. Christopher Knotts As I approached 60, I started noticing a tired look about my face, especially my eyes. This started me thinking about cosmetic surgery and finding a way to get a 'refreshed" look. Wasn't sure what that was or what I needed, but I started searching for not just a good cosmetic surgeon, but the best cosmetic surgeon in the DMV that I could find. I googled, researched, requested recommendations from other physicians and had consultations with cosmetic surgeons who made my short list. Through my research, I stumbled across Dr. Christopher Knotts who was recommended as "someone worth checking out." Best advice I ever received. Although I had been to the Austin-Weston Center in the past for injections and fillers, I was not familiar with Dr. Knotts as he was fairly new to the practice. So I scheduled a consultation. I was immediately drawn to his warm demeanor and honesty. I wanted a doctor that I could trust and who was concerned about me as a person and what I wanted from my surgery. These are the qualities I found in Dr. Knotts. I did not make a knee-jerk reaction, but continued my research and consultations with other surgeons. None measured up to the qualities I found in Dr. Knotts. A year after my initial consultation with Dr. Knotts, I started to realize that he was the best. Dr. Knotts is an extremely skilled surgeon. He is very patient, listened to my concerns and made recommendations for the best possible results. Again, I cannot say enough about his honesty and integrity. Dr. Knotts and the entire staff at the Austin-Weston Center made me feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. The staff was very responsive and supportive of my needs and never failed to answer my questions or return phone calls. Cosmetic surgery is quite a journey, and I am so glad that I took this journey with the best cosmetic surgery center and doctor in the DMV. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, I strongly recommend that you take a very close look at Dr. Knotts and the Austin-Weston Center."- C.C. / Yelp / Sep 18, 2019
"Savannah Marks is the best esthetician I've ever had. She is very knowledgeable about the products she uses. If you are interested in having a peel or other procedures, I recommend Savannah . Anne"- A.H. / Facebook / Sep 12, 2019
For breast surgery using fat transfer, the surgeon will first use liposuction to remove fat from one area, and it is then grafted to the breast region. If there is enough volume, this fat can also be used to add to the hips and buttocks to feminize the body shape.
For breast surgery using breast implants, please refer to our section under Breast Procedures. The operation is similar to a female breast augmentation, with the caveat that sometimes more than one procedure may be required to get enough stretch of the chest skin to accept a large implant.
MTF chest surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and under general anesthesia in our accredited surgical facility. After the surgery, the treated areas will be bandaged and put into compression garments to encourage blood flow. For patients undergoing longer or multiple procedures, there is an option to recover in our overnight suite. The first followup appointment is the day after surgery when early results can be seen. The final results take months to fully mature.
Austin-Weston is pleased to provide convenient financing options to our patients. Estimating the cost of your procedure will be the first step in determining your out-of-pocket costs and possible insurance coverage. In most cases, unfortunately, insurance providers do not cover cosmetic procedures. However, our office will certainly confirm if any coverage is possible. We also offer a variety of payment options and can work with you on choosing a finance plan that is best for you and your needs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $6,650
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
MTF Body Contouring FAQs
Feminine Body Shapes?
Every female body is unique, but most women generally fall into one of four classic body shapes: pear, banana, apple, and hourglass. The pear-shaped body carries more weight in the highs, butt, and thighs compared to the bust. The banana shape, which is the most common, has a fairly equal distribution of fat between the bust, waist, hips, butt, and thighs. The apple-shaped body has wider shoulders, a larger bust, a larger waist that is less defined, and thinner hips, butt, and thighs. The hourglass shape, which is considered usually considered the ideal female shape, has a narrow, well-defined waist and fat is equally distributed between the bust and lower body.
If the patient has enough excess body fat, an autologous fat transfer will usually produce the most natural-looking results. Fat transfer has the added benefit of removing fat from unwanted areas to further slim and improve the body contour. A fat transfer that adds volume to the buttocks is more commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift.
Silicone Body Implants?
For patients who have a low body fat percentage, the body shape can still be changed through silicone implants. The plastic surgeon will help the patient pick out the shape and size of the implant before the surgery based on the patient’s current body and cosmetic goals.
The waist-to-hip ratio is calculated by dividing the measurement of the waist in inches by the measurement of the hips in inches. Researchers have discovered that women who are considered more attractive have a 0.7 ratio, while males who are considered attractive have a 0.9 ratio. Patients should maintain realistic goals and expectations for their body contouring surgery since their current body shape may limit what the plastic surgeon can accomplish.
Change Your Shape Today
We invite you to call the Reston, VA board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston today to learn more about male-to-female body contouring and all of the techniques we offer to create the shape and silhouette you desire. Our surgeons are highly trained and take a compassionate, skilled approach to MTF procedures. We look forward to meeting you at your first consultation.