Transgender Surgery in Miami – From Female to Male
Sex reassignment surgery in Miami is also known as gender confirming surgery, or gender reassignment surgery. This procedure is intended to change the outer appearance of the body to ensure that it matches the identity of the individual. Here at the Maercks Institute, we are proud to offer female to male gender reassignment surgery, and walk you through the process step by step to ensure that you feel good about your decisions.
Most patients that choose to undergo transgender surgery suffer from either social dysphoria, the strong discomfort associated with how they are seen by others, or physical dysphoria, the strong discomfort in the lack of symmetry between the body and the identity. Many patients suffer from both these conditions, and choose sex reassignment surgery as a viable option to improve their lives.
Female to male (FTM) surgery involves a variety of different procedures, and every patient is unique and individual. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure is to schedule a consultation with us here at the Maercks Institute today. We want all patients to have the quality of life they deserve in a body they love.
Female to Male Top Surgery
As FTM patients undergo their transition from female to male, the top surgery is typically the procedure that starts the process. This gives the patient a chance to begin living their role as a male rather than a female before the more complicated procedures take place.
Depending on the amount of breast tissue the patient has, the fat and tissue is removed through either a double incision or a periareolar, in order to give the chest a more masculine look and contour. This allows the patient to begin experience life as a male before all the transitions are made.
- Double Incision with Nipple Grafts – Ideal for those with large breasts, saggy breasts, or inelastic breast skin, a U-shaped or horizontal incision is made across each breast directly below the nipple in order to remove any excess skin, fat or breast tissue. The remaining skin is closed together, and the scar is located directly under the pectoral muscle line. During this procedure, the original nipples are removed from the breast, trimmed and placed back on the chest in the appropriate position.
- Periareolar Incision – An incision is placed in a circle around the areola’s outside edge. This method is preferred for those with good skin elasticity and moderately sized breasts. After the breast tissue is removed, the skin around the outside of the areola is also excised in order to decrease excess breast skin. The skin is then pulled over and attached back to the areola in the center, although the nipples may need to be repositioned and the areola trimmed during the procedure.
The double incision method may greatly reduce breast cancer risks, and mammograms are not necessary for an individual after undergoing the procedure. While this is a great step for women hoping to transfer to a male body, it’s essential to note that even a complete mastectomy does not completely remove all microscopic cells. This is similar to how breast cancer may develop in a man’s breast tissue over time.
During the sex reassignment process, pectoral implants may be used to give the patient a more contoured, muscular upper body. During this procedure, the doctor uses FDA-approved silicone implants in a semi-solid form, which are placed in the chest. Small incisions are made in the armpits, and a pocket is created under the muscles in order to place the implants under the pectorals. This gives a long lasting, natural appearance to any masculine chest. This procedure can only be done at least three months after the initial top surgery.
Body Masculinization Through Liposuction
Liposuction may also be performed during the sex reassignment process in order to remove fat from the abdomen, thighs and hips. This creates a more masculine look by eliminating curves that are traditionally considered feminine.
FTM Top Surgery Requirements
Before a patient can undergo any type of sex reassignment surgery, including top surgery, they must have a letter from a gender psychiatrist, therapist, psychologist or primary care physician stating that the transgender surgery is the next step during the transition process from female to male. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we encourage you to find one before you start thinking about surgery to drastically change your body.
Female to male patients are not always required to be under hormone therapy, and all those 35 years and older must start the process with a baseline mammogram, completed before surgery. Before we can start the process, you must also receive medical clearance from your primary care physician. The journey to a new body can be a long one, but we vow to help you every step of the way as you transition your body to match your identity.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you have determined with your therapist or primary doctor that you are ready for transgender surgery from female to male, it’s time to schedule a consultation at the Maercks Institute. When you choose us, you get a plastic surgeon with years of experience, medical personnel that truly care about your future, and access to state of the art technology and methods that make all the difference in the outcome of your surgery. For such a big step in your life, you can’t afford to take chances with a surgeon you don’t trust.
Every patient is unique, and your sex reassignment surgery is different than any other individual’s surgery. We customize a treatment plan to ensure that you get the results you want after your initial consultation. We can answer any questions you have, discuss the cost and the risks of surgery and guide you on the next step to a body that matches your identity after a quick meeting with our plastic surgeon.
Start the process to a new body with the plastic surgeon you can trust to genuinely be invested in your future. Call the Maercks Institute today to schedule a consultation for transgender surgery in Miami – from female to male.