Gender Reassignment Surgery in Wichita, KS
Beyond just aesthetic changes, we believe our duty is to help patients live a more fulfilling and affirming life. Dr. Matthew Conrad specializes in male-to-female and female-to-male top surgery to help patients safely transition while providing aesthetically pleasing results. During your consultation, Dr. Conrad will discuss how to dynamically improve the characteristics of your chest to affirm your appropriate gender identity, changing everything from shape, size, projection, or nipple positioning. Whether you desire a more feminine or masculine chest, our reconstruction techniques are personally designed to make life comfortable, empowering, and joyful.
Am I A Candidate for Gender Reassignment Therapy?
Gender reassignment surgery can help relieve patients who experience gender dysphoria, dispelling many unhealthy side effects such as depression, anxiety, or discomfort from one’s own body. Undergoing male-to-female or female-to-male top therapy may be ideal for patients who wish to not only reconstruct their physical appearance but create healthy psychological and social interactions. Patients who have undergone facial feminization or masculinization surgeries are also good candidates for top surgery, as this will bring greater aesthetic balance with your gender identity.
How Is Gender Reassignment Therapy Performed?
Gender reassignment therapy surgery is usually performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. Depending on whether you are receiving MTF or FTM top surgery, your procedure steps will vary. Dr. Conrad will work closely with you to help you decide the proper proportions, contours, and angles you wish to achieve with your physique. Both MTF or FTM top surgery offer patients various aesthetic options, ensuring that every step of the process puts them first.
What Is Male-to-Female Gender Reassignment Therapy?
Patients who wish to receive male-to-female gender reassignment therapy will decide with Dr. Conrad how implants will reshape your chest and create a more feminine appearance. You will choose implant type (saline or silicone), with each type having its own benefits. Incision options are also flexible, with each incision technique offering a different point of entry for implant insertion.
Incisions along the breast fold are usually the most common and effective for trans women, with the incisions being well-hidden. Implant placement can also allow different forms of comfort based on whether the implant is inserted under or over the chest muscle. Lastly, fat grafting or liposuction can add additional contour and volume to your breast shape and projection.
What Is Female-to-Male Gender Reassignment Therapy?
Multiple incision options are offered to fit the needs of patients wishing to undergo female-to-male reassignment therapy. With keyhole incisions, breast tissue is excised through an incision made in the lower region of the areola. Periareolar incision is another technique that offers two concentric circular incisions around the areolas. Periareolar incision techniques offer areola resizing and reshaping. Liposuction can also be integrated into your treatment to remove excess fat and further contour the overall results of your chest reconstruction.
Should I Combine Procedures With My Gender Reassignment Therapy?
Combining your gender reassignment therapy with liposuction may provide a significant amount of reduction in fat deposits that tones, defines, and accentuates the contours of top-surgery. The vacuum suction and microcannula technology will precisely extract pockets of fat in areas that will more easily feminize or masculinize your appearance.
What Will My Gender Reassignment Recovery Be Like?
Dr. Conrad will provide a thorough recovery plan according to your reassignment therapy. Male-to-female top surgery recovery will require that patients wear a surgical bra for at least six weeks to reduce the swelling in the treated area and support the shaping of your new breasts. You will be able to return to work after roughly two weeks.
Female-to-male top surgery recovery may require drainage tubes to be left in place for a brief time. A compression garment may also be required to reduce swelling and maintain the sculpting of your chest. Female-to-male top surgery patients can usually return to work between two and three weeks, but it may take longer to participate in athletics or strenuous labor/activity. Dr. Conrad will instruct you on when it is safe to participate in certain activities.
Some of the instructions you may be given to achieve a healthy recovery include:
- How to care for a compression garment
- How to minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort
- How to care for the surgical site and temporary drainage tube
- How to properly take medication for pain management
When Will I See My Gender Reassignment Therapy Results?
As your swelling and bruising subside, your gender reassignment therapy will begin to reveal either underlying tone, strong angles, and firm contours for female-to-male patients or feminine curves and smooth framing for male-to-female patients.
As your results start to become more noticeable, your body will begin to adapt to the changes and look more and more like your gender characteristics. Once fully healed, the rejuvenated contours of your chest can last for a lifetime.