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Are You Ready for Transfeminine (MTF) Top Surgery?

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The number of MTF top surgery procedures performed yearly has been rising substantially. Part of this can be attributed to greater awareness of this option, and social media sites play a very large role. 

In addition to this, there is greater acceptance of this procedure, insurance coverage is more widely available, and a larger number of individuals identify as trans-females.

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Male-to-female top surgery (MTF) can be a tremendously positive and often life-changing event for transgender females seeking a feminine-appearing chest. This is not surprising, given that breasts are viewed as the defining characteristic of the female form. 

This gender-affirming surgery can effectively address gender dysphoria and increase self-esteem and self-confidence.

Even though you may have been living a substantial period as a trans-female, it is important to consider how the surgery will change your quality of life and help you achieve your goals.

Am I Ready for MTF Top Surgery?

Each person will have a unique timeline for deciding to and ultimately transitioning to their identifying gender. This is because there are several factors to consider before undergoing this procedure.

Emotional Readiness

MTF surgery is a significant decision that can profoundly impact your life. Are you emotionally ready to take this leap? Do you also have support from loved ones and a mental health professional?

Psychological Readiness

To proceed with MTF top surgery, you will need a letter from a behavioral health specialist confirming a diagnosis of gender dysphoria status and supporting your desire to seek this surgery. In addition, it needs to be clearly documented that you fully understand your decision to transition and the implications.

Though it may seem unnecessary to some, this is a prudent and important part of the process to help minimize the risk of “buyer’s remorse” and the desire to de-transition. 

Good Physical Health

Being in good physical health is important as it relates to the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia. 

A high body mass index (BMI) and being significantly overweight can be quite problematic and place you at risk for significant and multiple complications as well as less-than-ideal outcomes. 

In this situation, you may want to strongly consider losing weight before surgery. 

If you have significant medical issues that are not fully controlled, such as high blood pressure, they will need to be properly addressed before proceeding with surgery.

Smoking, whether cigarettes (tobacco), vaping or marijuana, must be stopped before surgery.

Legal Age

As of March 31, 2023, a law prohibiting any gender-affirming surgery on individuals under the age of 18 years old went into effect in Arizona.

Realistic Expectations

Another critical factor in assessing your readiness is having realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome. Dr. Turkeltaub and his caring team will educate and provide you with all the necessary information to ensure you make the right decision regarding surgery.

Numerous Options for MTF Transgender Breast Surgery

MTF top surgery isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. There are numerous options to consider. 

Among these are:

Ultimately, the choices selected will be based on several factors, including the plastic surgeon and patient preferences. These will all be discussed during your consultation.

More trans women are turning to Dr. Turkeltaub for male-to-female top surgery. 

Renowned for his extensive knowledge and excellent clinical talents in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Turkeltaub, MD, is a leading provider of male-to-female (MTF) transgender breast surgery in the Scottsdale and Phoenix metropolitan areas.

During your consultation, we’ll assess your health and situation, discuss your concerns and recommend specific techniques to help satisfy your physical transition goals. We pride ourselves on delivering patient-centric, expert and compassionate care with an emphasis on safety and excellence.

Are You Considering Transfeminine Top Surgery?

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub for your MTF breast surgery, please call us at (480) 451-3000 or contact us online.