Plastic Surgery experience
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Don’t hesitate to contact McLean Clinic today to learn more about double incision top surgery and other types of FTM top surgery. A member of our staff will be more than happy to assist you.
At McLean Clinic, we are proud to offer a highly advanced gender-affirming procedure called Nipple-Preserving Double Incision Mastectomy. This surgical technique is specifically designed for individuals seeking masculinizing chest surgery while preserving the natural appearance of their nipples-areolar complex.
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Plastic Surgery experience
During the procedure, two incisions are made along the lower border of the pectoral muscles, similar to a standard double incision mastectomy. The breast tissue is meticulously removed, creating a more masculine chest contour. Throughout the process, the surgeon takes great care to detach the nipple-areola complex from the underlying breast tissue while preserving its blood supply.
Your plastic surgeon may also recommend adding contouring with your double incision top surgery as a preventive measure for dog ears, which refers to the excess skin and fat that develops on the side of the incision site.
A double incision mastectomy is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately two hours. General anesthesia is used to make the process comfortable and painless.
To determine if you are a suitable candidate for Nipple-Preserving Double Incision Mastectomy, it is necessary to undergo a thorough evaluation and consultation with our experienced surgeons. Factors such as breast size, skin elasticity, and overall health will be taken into consideration. In some cases, individuals with larger breasts or specific anatomical considerations may not be eligible for this procedure, and alternative techniques will be recommended.Request a Consultation
Every gender affirmation surgery is a life-changing journey that involves not only physical but emotional and mental preparation as well. It contributes to the success of your Preparing for Nipple-Preserving Double Incision Mastectomy involves both physical and emotional readiness. During your pre-operative consultations, our team will provide comprehensive instructions tailored to your specific needs. Here are some general preparation guidelines:
Follow a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, and maintain a balanced diet to promote optimal healing. Your surgeon may recommend specific dietary adjustments and provide guidelines on medications or supplements to avoid prior to surgery.
It's normal to feel a little nervous before any surgical procedure, especially one as life-changing as top surgery. Consider scheduling an appointment with your therapist to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as connecting with family and friends for support. Your surgeon can answer any questions you might have about the procedure, what to expect after the surgery, or how to prepare.
The recovery process for each patient who undergoes a double incision mastectomy is different. It may be necessary for you to take extended time off of work, depending on your type of employment. Most patients are able to return to desk roles one week post-surgery.
Check with your insurance provider if they cover gender affirmation surgery. If they do, make sure you know what documents you need to submit. Your primary care physician may also order a physical examination and laboratory tests for you. Bring a copy of the results to the clinic a day before your surgery.
Purchase any pain management medication and antibiotics recommended by your doctor before your procedure. Place them near the bed, since your mobility will be limited for the first few days post-op. It's also a good idea to put toiletries and essentials on a lower shelf so that you won't have to reach for them.
Since nipple sparing double incision top surgery is an outpatient medical procedure, you will be sent home a couple of hours after you wake up from the anesthesia. It’s important to follow the specific directives and recovery instructions provided by your surgeon, including:
After your double incision mastectomy, you won't be able to drive, so arrange for someone to pick you up from the clinic. It would also be helpful to arrange for someone to assist you in doing everyday tasks during your recovery, such as doing your laundry, preparing meals, etc. If you are living alone or travelling from abroad to get your top surgery in Canada, inquire with your clinic if they can make special arrangements for a caregiver.
You will be instructed to wear a compression binder for up to six weeks after your top surgery. Wearing a chest binder after a double incision mastectomy has a lot of benefits, which include: Preventing the fluid discharge; Minimizing scarring; Lessening discomfort; Keeping the sutured skin together and stopping it from stretching.
Other top surgery centres discharge patients with medical drains to collect blood, pus, and fluid buildup. These drains are very restricting and are usually a source of significant discomfort for most top surgery patients. At McLean Clinic, we use advanced surgical techniques that no longer require the use of post-surgical drains or tubes, which makes maintaining the treatment site more manageable at home and the post-op experience smoother and faster for our patients.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to recovery time. Every individual heals differently. Some may bounce back on their feet faster than others. If you work in an office with a desk job, you may feel better enough to report after a week of sufficient rest. You may be strong enough to do some light walking by this time, too. Pace yourself carefully. We strongly advise against heavy lifting and doing other strenuous activities for up to six weeks as much as possible, because it can lead to bleeding.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with Nipple-Preserving Double Incision Mastectomy. These may include infection, bleeding, changes in nipple sensation, asymmetry, or scarring. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultations and explain the steps taken to minimize them.
Nipple-Preserving Double Incision Mastectomy is a life-changing procedure that can have a profound impact on your well-being. At McLean Clinic, we understand the unique needs and experiences of the transgender and non-binary community. Our team is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all our patients. With years of experience and expertise in gender affirmation surgeries, our compassionate surgeons have helped thousands of individuals achieve outstanding results and regain confidence. We prioritize personalized care, comprehensive support, and exceptional surgical outcomes to ensure your journey with us is as positive and transformative as possible.Request a Consultation
Recovery time varies for each individual but typically ranges from several weeks to a few months. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions and guidelines to promote healing and ensure a smooth recovery.
You will receive professional advice from your surgeon regarding the best procedure based on your body type, chest size, and skin elasticity. Your surgery goals will also be taken into consideration. After this discussion, a top surgery technique that’s right for you will be chosen.
While efforts are made to preserve nipple sensation, some individuals may experience temporary or permanent changes in nipple sensation. This can vary from person to person and will be discussed during your consultations.
Don’t hesitate to contact McLean Clinic today to learn more about double incision top surgery and other types of top surgery. A member of our staff will be more than happy to assist you.