What to Know About Transgender Top Surgery

by | Mar 29, 2023 | Transgender Surgeons


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Transgender top surgery is chest reconstruction surgery that creates male-contoured chests or female-contoured breasts. It can be performed on patients who are trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer.

What Is Top Surgery?

Transgender surgery is a procedure that changes the shape and size of your chest. It can include any combination of the following procedures:

  • Breast augmentation or reduction
  • Mastectomy
  • Chest reconstruction

Who Performs Transgender Surgery?

Transgender top surgery is a cosmetic procedure to remove breast tissue and create a masculine-looking chest. It may be performed by any surgeon with experience in plastic or general surgery, but most often, it’s done by plastic surgeons specializing in transgender surgery.

Finding a Trans-Friendly Surgeon

It’s crucial to find a qualified and experienced surgeon for transgender patients. You can ask them if they have before and after photos of their work, but it’s more important that you feel comfortable with the person. Ask about their experience working with transgender people and how many procedures they’ve performed.

Does Insurance Cover It?

Some insurance providers will cover transgender top surgery, while others won’t. Depending on your policy, you will need to contact your provider and ask what may or may not be covered.

If you’re considering transgender top surgery, visit The International Center for Transgender Care website.

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