About TOP Procedure
Here at Inspire Cosmetic Surgery and Med Spa we are able to transform your overall appearance with top surgery. Many transgender patients come to us with a wish to alter their chest area. If you are currently a transgender man or woman, we offer both FTM and MTF top surgery. If your overall goal is to masculinize or feminize your chest area, this chest reconstruction surgery can leave you to feel truly content and happy with your body.
Our board-certified surgeon is able to offer FTM top surgery which is usually for transgender men wishing to create a masculine look. This surgery can provide the freedom many patients are looking for. This surgery consists of a subcutaneous mastectomy, which is when the surgeon removes breast tissue and contours the chest. Dependent on the size and amount of breast tissue that needs removing, there are three very similar methods that our surgeon may use. These are:
Keyhole and Peri-Areolar methods: this is the best method for patients with small to medium chests. The keyhole method means small incisions are made and breast tissue is removed through these. Alternatively the peri-areolar method includes a ring shape incision around the areola and a larger circular incision around this. The tissue is removed through this before being closed.
Double incision with Nipple Grafts: this procedure is best for those with large and medium sized chests. This surgery requires double horizontal incisions underneath the pectoral muscles. A nipple-areola complex is grafted on once the natural nipple has been removed and altered to the perfect size.
Inverted-T Top Surgery: This method does not involve a nipple graft, here the nipple-areola complex is not removed but still resized, thus providing a better nipple sensation.
What To Expect
During your consultation our surgeon will examine your chest and discuss the correct procedure for your chest reconstruction surgery. This individualized consultation will make sure the correct result is achieved. This procedure will be done under general anesthesia and typically lasts 2-4 hours. It is usually done as an outpatient surgery but sometimes a patient may require an overnight stay. You will need someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.
"Dr. Schnitt is one of the few doctors who truly provides the quality of care I expect. His front office assistant (Kristin) was highly professional and very caring. Dr. Schnitt took his time to examine my son and explain everything in detail. He was extremely patient and totally thorough. I was able to contact him directly, before and after surgery. He did an amazing job fixing my son's broken nose. I am deeply grateful and I highly recommend him. JG"- D.G. / Facebook / Mar 24, 2017
"To start Vanessa gave the most amazing customer service, she is so sweet and all about making you as comfortable as possible. Next while waiting I had a simple skin questions and the esthetician Leah came right in to answer anything I wanted to ask. Lastly Dr drew was awesome. He was honest and had a very gentle touch. Love this team!!!!"- C.M. / Yelp / Sep 18, 2018
"Great service from the professional and accommodating head office coordinator and assistant to the surgeon(same person). Doctor was superior in mannerism and technique...highly recommend and will be back for surgery and injections in the very near future. Not to mention the drive is far, but so worth it! Dr. Goodwin is very particular and has a true gift. I don’t write reviews but this place and team is worthy beyond talent of a worthy tell-all."- A.F. / Google / Sep 14, 2018
"Every single staff member is warm, approachable, knowledgeable, accommodating, kind and cool in their own way. I have been a client since the doors opened and I can’t say enough about this place. It doesn’t feel like a stuffy, serious, pretentious or vain place... No one is picking you apart, telling you you need a nose job when u just came in for a facial (seriously, that has happened to me). They are so good at what they do, so smart and totally down to earth. It’s very easy to trust them."- A.M. / Google / Sep 11, 2018
"Had a great experience here a few weeks ago and brought my daughter there today. We both used Dr. Mark who was great. We really appreciated the help of Cindy who helped pre and post op with her knowledge and positive demeanor. Cindy was so helpful and informative and made the experience even better. We would definitely go back in the future."- J.S. / Yelp / Sep 11, 2018
Some patients may have a drain for a few days or possibly a few weeks, dependent on the extent of the procedure and how much fluid is collected. Typically the patient can return to work after 2 weeks, dependent on the type of job. Only light activity is advised after top surgery, you will be able to exercise after 6-8 weeks.
Change Your Chest
Top surgery ultimately provides transgender patients with the chest that they’ve been looking for. This surgery will improve your quality of life and improve your happiness with your body, so you can achieve the freedom you’ve been after. If you’ve been considering top surgery, we suggest you contact us here at Inspire Cosmetic Surgery and Med Spa to schedule your consultation, so we can help transform your life.