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Overview

For many transgender individuals, chest dysphoria can cause significant distress and discomfort, making it difficult to feel comfortable in their own body. Feelings of dysphoria  can negatively impact mental health and overall well-being. Chest surgery (also known as “top surgery”) can help alleviate generalized dissatisfaction and improve an individual's quality of life by allowing them to feel more comfortable and confident in their body.

Summary

Procedure time
3 to 5 hours
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Overnight stay
Sometimes
Anesthetic
Anesthetic
General anesthesia
Recovery time
Recovery time
2-6 weeks

Types of Chest Procedures

Female to Male Chest Surgery

Female to male chest surgery removes breast tissue and skin to give the chest a more masculine look and shape. Common procedures include:

Breast Reduction

  • Reduce the size of the breasts.

Mastectomy

  • Remove breasts and chest tissue. 
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Chest Feminization Surgery

Chest feminization surgery enhances the breasts and reshapes or recontours the chest to create a more feminine appearance. Common procedures include:

Breast Augmentation

  • Increase the size of the bust with an implant.

Breast Lift

  • Restore a fuller, firmer bust line.

Reconstruction or Revision Procedures

  • Recreate the breast mound or nipple with an implant or body tissue.

Gynecomastia

  • Remove excess breast tissue. 
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Am I a

Candidate for Gender-Affirming Chest Procedures?

The ideal chest procedure candidate is a person above 18 years of age in good mental and physical health who wishes to:

  • Remove breasts
  • Eliminate excess breast tissue
  • Reposition the nipple or areola
  • Reduce breast size
  • Increase breast size
  • Restore fuller breasts
  • Change the general shape of the chest
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Consultation

The Plastic Surgery Center offers gender-affirming chest procedure consultations at all of our locations. It's important to note that not all transgender individuals choose to undergo chest surgery as part of their gender affirmation journey. Each person's transition is unique and should be guided by their own individual needs and desires. During the consultation your surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your medical history, chest, skin quality, and ongoing transition goals before recommending a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Questions
about this procedure?

What to Expect

Gender-affirming chest procedures are performed under general anesthesia. The surgeries last three to five hours, and you may need to stay at the hospital overnight. You may have a surgical drain and bandages, compression wraps, and gauze covering your incisions following the procedure. Your surgeon will instruct you on how to care for them.

 

Your doctor will discuss any limitations in activity you'll have in the weeks following the surgery. Patients are advised not to lift their arms above shoulder height or lift anything greater than five pounds for the first two to four weeks. Most people can resume regular activities within 10 to 14 days, but should avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks.

Recovery &
Results

Final results and healing may take a few months, but bruising and swelling should resolve within one to three weeks. Temporary numbness and loss of breast or nipple sensation may last up to one year.

To maximize both recovery and results, closely follow your surgeon’s directions and attend follow-up appointments.

Best

Gender Affirmation Surgeons in NJ

Our sensitive and highly skilled surgeons are committed to helping you feel at home in your body. With advanced gender-affirming chest procedure training and an artistic eye, we can bring your aesthetic vision to life.  

Tushar Patel
PHYSICIAN

Tushar Patel

MD, FACS
Russell Ashinoff
PHYSICIAN

Russell Ashinoff

MD, FACS
Hamid Abdollahi
PHYSICIAN

Hamid Abdollahi

MD, FACS
Sean Herman
PHYSICIAN

Sean Herman

MD, FACS
Tzvi Small
PHYSICIAN

Tzvi Small

MD, FACS
Chris Lakhiani
PHYSICIAN

Chris Lakhiani

MD

Financing & Insurance

The coverage of chest surgery for gender affirmation varies depending on many factors. In some cases, insurance policies may cover part or all of the cost of gender affirmation surgery, particularly if the procedure is deemed medically necessary transition-related care. In other cases they may not cover it at all. We will work with you and your health insurer to obtain the approvals for your covered surgical procedures.

Our Process

01
schedule
Schedule a Consultation

During your consultation, our expert surgeons will listen and work with you to fully understand the look you wish to achieve.

02
explore-options
Explore
Your Options

We will review and explain all of your cosmetic options and identify which procedure is right for you.

03
transforamation
Start Your Transformation

Our friendly and compassionate staff and physicians will guide you through the entire process, answer all of your questions and alleviate any concerns.

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Map of Locations

Top Surgery in NJ

Montclair 1 Bay Avenue, Suite 4 Montclair , NJ 07028
Brick 74 Brick Boulevard, Building 4, Suite 205 Brick, NJ 08723
New York City 635 Madison Ave, 14th Floor New York City , NY 10022
Manahawkin 1100 Route 72 West, 3rd Floor Suite 306A Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Marlton 11 Eves Drive, Suite 170 Marlton, NJ 08053

Financing & Insurance

Plastic surgery is an investment. Our dedicated staff is happy to help patientsnavigate insurance coverage and understand the costs and financing of care.

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Your Journey is Unique

We are committed to working with you to understand your individual needs and goals. Together, we can explore the various options available to you and create a plan that supports your well-being and gender-affirming goals.

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