Top surgery is a step in the transitioning process that can be incredibly meaningful. MTF and FTM top surgery can greatly reduce feelings of gender dysphoria, which can in turn reduce depression, anxiety, self-consciousness, and self-hatred. If you’re interested in undergoing top surgery in Thousand Oaks, consider a visit to the Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery.
Before & After Photos
At the Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery, we have experience in a vast array of surgical and non-surgical procedures. Click below to see some before and after photos of top surgery.
Ideal Candidates for Top Surgery
If you have experienced persistent and documented gender dysphoria, you are an ideal candidate for top surgery. Candidates must be age 18 or older, and a letter of support from a mental health professional will be necessary. Having undergone hormone treatments for at least one year is recommended. The best candidates for top surgery have already transitioned socially.
Non-smokers are excellent candidates for top surgery. If you are a smoker, you will need to avoid smoking for several weeks before the date of your surgery. This is necessary because smoking negatively affects the health of the tissues, resulting in an increased chance of complications during and after surgery.
The top surgery process begins with a personal consultation with Dr. Kryger. This consultation gives patients the opportunity to communicate their needs and goals for their surgical procedure. Dr. Kryger will ask questions as needed to ensure full understanding.
Next, Dr. Kryger will perform a physical examination. He will go over the patient’s complete medical history, including allergies, pre-existing conditions, past procedures, and current medications and supplements.
Dr. Kryger will then create a detailed surgical plan for the patient. He will explain the procedure in depth, starting with preparation directions and going all the way through the recovery process. Questions are highly encouraged and can be asked at any time. A date will then be scheduled for the patient’s top surgery.
MTF Top Surgery
MTF, or male-to-female, top surgery involves the placement of breast implants in the chest tissues to create a more traditionally feminine appearance. This change can make a major difference in the transition process for transgender women.
Dr. Kryger will work with you to choose the ideal implants for your goals. There are numerous breast implant types, sizes, shapes, textures, and profiles available, and the characteristics of your implants will greatly affect your results.
During the procedure, general anesthesia is administered, and then incisions are created. Pockets are created in the tissues, and then implants are placed in the tissue pockets. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
FTM Top Surgery
FTM, or female-to-male, top surgery removes the breasts, creating a more traditionally masculine chest for transgender men.
The procedure begins with administration of general anesthesia for patient comfort. Next, incisions are created in the chest. Double-incision, periareolar, or keyhole top surgery can be performed, and each technique requires different incision patterns.
Once the incisions have been created, glandular breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed, and the areolae may be resized/repositioned. Incisions are closed with sutures.
Recovery and Healing Following Top Surgery
The recovery process after top surgery is key. Properly following all of Dr. Kryger’s post-surgical care directions can help patients avoid unnecessary complications and a prolonged recovery period.
During recovery, you’ll need to wear an elastic garment to support your healing tissues and minimize swelling. Bruising will also be present and can be reduced with cold compresses. If you’re experiencing any pain, soreness, or discomfort, pain medication will be prescribed and can be taken as directed.
Taking time off from your job will be necessary, especially in the case of physically taxing jobs. All strenuous activities should be avoided, including sports, heavy lifting, and heavy exercise, to ensure that the incisions do not reopen.
You’ll return to our office for a follow-up with Dr. Kryger, during which he will remove your stitches. He will also examine your incisions and check for any complications to ensure that healing is going as expected.
How Much Does Top Surgery Cost?
A number of factors help to determine the total cost of top surgery. Price can be impacted by the specific techniques utilized, along with the amount of time needed to perform the surgery. Anesthesia fees and various other fees can also affect the overall cost.
Top surgery in Thousand Oaks can help you feel more comfortable in your body. To meet with Dr. Kryger and discuss your needs and goals for top surgery, contact us today and set up your consultation.