When to Consider Female to Male Gender Confirmation Surgery

If you’ve been living as a trans individual and are ready to take the next step with plastic surgery, you’re encouraged to meet with the caring team here at Clevens Face and Body Specialists. We can help you to finally begin living as the man you truly are, with gender confirmation surgery that helps your body match up with the gender identity you feel inside.

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The Experienced Specialists You Deserve

At Clevens Face and Body Specialists, you’ll work with a handpicked team of breast and body specialists brought together by our medical director Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon trained at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Michigan. This gives us the ability to offer you the best of both worlds, thanks to a partnership between our facial plastic surgery specialists and our board-certified breast and body plastic surgeons.

Dr. Clevens has worked hard to build a staff of plastic surgery specialists who are experienced and approachable. Our team will listen to your goals and help you explore the options that allow you to feel confident about who you are, inside and out, guiding you through your procedure and recovery process in a way that keeps you informed and comfortable at every step of your journey.

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Which Procedures Do We Offer?

Rather than simply using techniques that we would use on cisgender patients, our experienced facial plastic surgery specialists and board-certified breast and body experts will tailor each aspect of your procedure to meet your specific needs and goals. Our team will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that safely combines the available treatments to achieve your desired outcome. 

There are several surgical options to consider when you’re interested in a more masculine look, including:

  • Mastectomy
  • Nipple reconstruction
  • Liposuction
  • Chin implants
  • Cheek implants 
  • Jawline implants or filler
  • Hairline lowering
  • Rhinoplasty and nasal implants
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How Our Team of Experts Works for You

As with many plastic surgery procedures, the best results aren’t achievable with a single procedure on its own; you need a team of experts who specialize in the procedures that will create your desired results. This is especially true when it comes to gender confirmation surgery, because you deserve a surgical team that can tailor their techniques to the needs of their transgender patients.

Dr. Clevens has surrounded himself with a team of true experts, and every member of our surgical staff specializes in their area of expertise, so you can look forward to world-class results. Your body sculpting procedures, for example, will be performed by a surgeon who focuses on this specific area of expertise, giving you the ability to anticipate exemplary results informed by an exceptional degree of experience.

Working with the experts at Clevens Face and Body Specialists enables you to enjoy the expertise of surgeons who can help you restore your wellbeing and quality of life. Trained at Harvard and Yale, Dr. Clevens has decades of experience helping patients achieve the masculine look they want, using a variety of facial plastic surgery techniques customized to their needs.

More About Your Surgical Procedure

Your procedure’s details and duration will vary based on your treatment plan, and we’ll give you detailed information about your procedure and recovery period during your preoperative consultation. Our goal is to help you experience total peace of mind as you look forward to your results, so we’ll make sure all of your concerns are addressed. 

When performing facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Clevens is skilled in hiding incisions in the natural folds of your skin to achieve the most natural look possible. 

For transmasculine top surgery, many surgeons simply perform a female breast reduction, leaving patients looking like a female with reduced breast tissue. Instead of this technique, our board-certified breast and body plastic surgery specialists use a boomerang incision, which follows the curve of the pectoralis muscle. 

Your surgeon will also remove all breast tissue by hand, use liposuction for any remaining fatty tissue, and reshape the nipple, ensuring that you have a flat, masculine chest from every angle.

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Recovery After Female to Male Gender Confirmation Surgery

Dr. Clevens and our breast and body specialists perform all surgical procedures alongside an anesthesiologist in a fully accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) that exceeds the most stringent state and national accreditation standards, providing you with the highest level of safety available. You’ll likely be able to return home on the day of your procedure, but you’ll need a trusted friend to drive you as the anesthesia wears off.

Facial masculinization recovery times vary based on the procedures you choose. During your consultation, Dr. Clevens and his team will help you understand exactly what you can expect from your recovery process, based on the specific treatments and techniques that will be utilized during your gender confirmation surgery.

Most patients having top surgery can return to a desk job after a long weekend, though we recommend taking at least a week off to complete your recovery. During this time, you’ll wear a tight compression garment. If your job requires physical activity, we recommend taking additional time off or requesting light duty for at least six weeks.

What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our female-to-male top surgery patients:

“I am amazed at the results I got from my surgery. I can’t help but stare at my chest. And I absolutely appreciate the warm environment. Clevens Face and Body Specialists, and everyone I encountered here, have been absolutely incredible. I was sad for the journey to be over. Happy to be healed but bittersweet to not get to continue to work with these incredible people.”

– J.P.

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