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Being born with breasts can be a painful daily reminder that your external appearance does not match your true gender identity. For many transmasculine individuals, this is not just a surgery. It is a necessary step to achieve peace of mind and confidence to live life to its fullest potential. Dr. John A. Kotis understands the delicate nature of this procedure, and seeks to offer kind, compassionate guidance those seeking FTM top surgery in Chicago and the surrounding communities, including the Arlington Heights area.

What Is Female-To-Male (FTM) Top Surgery?

Female-to-male (FTM) top surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to masculinize the chest of those who were born with an incorrect physical gender at birth. It allows you to create a flat, contoured, masculine chest that appears natural. We know that the journey of gender confirmation can be an emotional experience. Dr. Kotis provides insight and counsel at each step of your FTM top surgery.

Why Is FTM Top Surgery Performed?

The ultimate goal of transmasculine individuals seeking MTF top surgery is to feel more comfortable in their bodies. By removing the breasts, you are better able to present the masculine image of yourself that reflects who you are. FTM top surgery can give you increased self-confidence, with your body finally matching your true gender identity.

Top Surgery Testimonial From a Patient of Dr. Kotis

"I had top surgery with Dr Kotis in January 2022. I can’t recommend him and his practice enough. They made me feel so comfortable and valid every time I visited. "

— Katie T.

What Are The Types Of FTM Top Surgery?

There are different types of surgeries that will allow you achieve a more masculine appearance, depending on the quantity of existing breast tissue.

  • Double incision surgery with nipple grafts is generally used for transmasculine individuals with greater amounts of breast tissue. Also referred to as a bilateral mastectomy, double incision surgery removes existing breast tissue and fat. The nipples are removed, often reduced in size, and then repositioned to provide a natural-looking appearance. There is a risk of decreased nipple sensation following double incision surgery.
  • Periareolar surgery is often recommended for those with smaller breasts. Using incisions which follow the contour of the nipple, underlying tissue is removed, and the incision is closed with sutures.
  • Keyhole surgery is usually only recommended for transmasculine individuals with very small breasts and tighter skin. In keyhole surgery, an incision is made along the border of the nipple allowing breast tissue to be removed.

Choosing To Have FTM Top Surgery

Even if you have known your entire life that your physical body does not match your gender identity, the process to have FTM top surgery can be fraught with worry. Dr. Kotis will answer all your questions and concerns thoroughly, so you are confident before moving forward with the procedure. Your journey to gender affirmation is as unique as you are, and no two FTM procedures are exactly alike – this is a fully customized surgical procedure. You may experience a range of emotions during the days and weeks leading up to your procedure, and that is completely normal. Dr. Kotis is here to answer any questions you may have both before and after your FTM surgery in Chicago.

How Will My Chest Look Following FTM Top Surgery?

It is important to have realistic expectations when planning any surgical procedure. While it is impossible to tell you exactly how your chest will look following your FTM top surgery, most patients are exceptionally pleased with the outcome. The result of your top surgery will depend upon many factors including your upper skeletal anatomy, level of skin elasticity, and the surgical technique used in your Arlington Heights FTM surgery. The goal of FTM surgery is create an upper chest that appears masculine and natural.

What Can I Expect During FTM Top Surgery?

FTM top surgery in Chicago is performed in our state-of-the-art, fully-accredited Chicago surgical center, where you will feel at ease from the moment you enter our private center. The procedure is performed while you are under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Once anesthesia is administered, Dr. Kotis will make the appropriate incisions and remove breast, excess skin, glandular tissue and fatty tissues, resizing and repositioning the nipples if appropriate.

Our Arlington Heights FTM top surgery typically takes between three and five hours to complete. When he has finished, your incisions will be carefully closed with sutures, and you will awaken to experience an altered body that finally reflects your true identity.

What Is The Recovery From FTM Top Surgery Like?

Your biggest responsibility following FTM top surgery is to rest and allow your body to heal itself. You will experience some pain, discomfort, and swelling following your procedure which will be managed with the help of prescription pain medication in the early stages. You will find it helpful to have a friend or family member stay with you during the first few days to assist you with basic needs. Most patients find they feel well enough to return to work approximately one week following FTM top surgery in Chicago. You should avoid heavy exertion for at least three weeks following your procedure, as well as any heavy lifting or chest exercises for approximately six weeks.

Will I Need To Wear A Compression Garment Following FTM Top Surgery?

Yes. You will be wearing a compression vest on your chest for three to four weeks following FTM top surgery. This garment will help to reduce swelling, aid in the healing process, and minimize post-operative bruising. This will also aid in the tightening of your skin as your body continues to heal.

Why Should I Choose Dr. John A. Kotis For My FTM Top Surgery?

Dr. John A. Kotis is a kind, compassionate ally to those seeking FTM top surgery in Chicago and beyond. He possesses extensive experience as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and a discerning eye for physical balance and symmetry. When you choose Dr. Kotis for your FTM top surgery you are choosing a surgeon who is not only committed to surgical excellence, but one who cares about your total wellbeing. Your journey of allowing your physical body to reflect your internal identity is one of strength, courage, and, ultimately, aesthetics. Dr. Kotis counts it as a privilege to be able to guide you along your own individual path to confirming who you truly are.

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