Body Masculinization Surgery
Body Masculinization Surgery or "Female to Male Surgery" refers to a range of cosmetic surgery procedures performed by surgeons to change the body shape of a person born female to a more masculine physique.
The ideal masculine physique often includes broad and defined v-shape torso, minimal fat in the lower body area, and a trim waist.
Top Surgery or Upper Body surgery is the most common Body Masculinization procedure. Often, it is the first and only surgical procedure that taken by trans men and women who want to transition.
With that being said, there are still other surgeries that can help trans people achieve a more masculine appearance. These include FTM Body Contouring, Fat Removal, Fat Grafting, Tummy Tuck, and lifting procedures on the Inner and Outer Thighs.
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Mastectomy (FTM Masculinization Surgery / Upper Body Surgery)
Mastectomy surgery is a common upper body procedure performed by doctors worldwide. During Top Surgery, the surgeon would remove the patient's breast tissue and any loose skin on the chest area.
Surgeries carry potential risks, and this type of body masculinization surgery is not exempt. People who go through top surgery may be left with the loss of sensation in the nipples or visible scarring. However, these cases are very rare.
Here at Transgender Thailand, we ensure that each surgeon performing the surgeries are the best in their field, which means the patient can expect a safe procedure. We also take care to give each patient post operative instructions to minimize any risks and reduce their recovery period.
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Metoidioplasty (Bottom Surgery)
Metoidioplasty is a body masculinization surgery that surgeons perform to create a neophallus (neo-penis) by enlarging a patient's clitoris.
This type of body masculinization surgery is performed on anyone with an enlarged clitoris as a result of undergoing hormone therapy. One of the post operative instructions that Metoidioplasty patients will also receive is to under at least two years of testosterone therapy
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Phalloplasty (Bottom Surgery)
Like Metoidioplasty, surgeons perform Phalloplasty to change the female genitalia to that of a male. But unlike Metoidioplasty, Phalloplasty gives trans men more girth and length.
Patients who undergo Phalloplasty can also do things that those who underwent Metoidioplasty might struggle in performing. These include peeing while standing up, having erections and sexual penetration.
This is the ideal procedure for transmen who want to have a more realistic looking penis and genitalia that is more likely able to perform sexual penetration.
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Other Surgeries That Many Perform In Conjuction With Body Masculinization Surgery
FTM Body Contouring
Body Contouring is a type of cosmetic surgery that uses different body sculpting techniques to improve the shape and proportion of the body and the upper torso. This procedure can also be performed as body masculinization surgery.
Body sculpting techniques can help masculinize body contours and create a v-shape torso. Some surgeons also perform body sculpting as weight loss strategies, which means doctors can precisely remove fat from parts of the body that do not react to strenuous exercise.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
Brachioplasty is a body masculinization and feminization technique used to remove excess skin and fats in people that carry extra weight in their upper arm.
Many patients who underwent this procedure said their self-image and self-esteem improved post op.
This surgical procedure is typically performed on patients with uneven contours and extensive amounts of loose skin in multiple areas of the body. A Body Lift procedure helps improve a person's body shape by removing fat and excess skin in either the entire body or specific areas, such as the back abdomen.
Patients of this procedure may experience moderate pain following the surgery. This is why surgeons recommend undergoing an extensive recovery period to help reduce swelling and prevent many complications.
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After the surgery, the surgeon may advise the patient to follow certain steps to ensure that the recovery process foes smoothly. These steps may include, but are not limited to:
- Observing a healthy diet
- Wearing a compression garment for at least four weeks.
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Take pain medication as per recommendations by a reconstructive surgeon
- Light walking