Body Masculinization Surgery

Dr. Angela Rodriguez proudly leads ART Surgical, a gender-affirming care practice in San Francisco. She and her team consult with each patient, identifying goals for your transgender journey, and makes a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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What is Body Masculinization Surgery?

Body masculinization surgery helps transgender and non-binary individual’s bodies look masculine. These include chest masculinization, body contouring, facial masculinization, and genital surgery. People choose procedures to match their body with their gender. This often helps minimize gender dysphoria. It can also lead to better overall well-being. It's important to meet with your therapist, as well as, surgeons specializing in gender-affirming surgery to discuss your options, understand the potential risks and benefits, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes before choosing this path.

Body Masculinization Surgery Options

Body masculinization surgery often includes chest masculinization (top surgery), body contouring, facial masculinization, and genital surgery. Your surgical plan will be tailored to meet your specific needs and goals for gender affirmation. Each procedure is highly customizable, allowing you to prioritize your specific goals and preferences.

Top Surgery:

Top surgery, commonly known as chest masculinization, alters the appearance of the chest. The breast tissue is removed to create a flatter, more masculine chest shape. The surgical techniques may vary depending on factors such as chest size, skin elasticity, and desired outcome. The goal is to achieve a natural-looking masculine chest. 

Facial Masculinization:

Facial masculinization changes the face to have a masculine appearance. This may include hairline, forehead, nose, jaw, cheek, and chin augmentation. Adam's apple changes are also common. This helps individuals feel more comfortable and confident in their appearance.

Body Contouring:

Gender-affirming body contouring reshapes and redefines the body's shape. This surgery is selected by individuals who want to have a masculine physique. Based on how you want to look, you may choose fat transfers to enhance muscle definition and create a sculpted appearance. This changes the look of the chest and buttocks. Pectoral implants can also be used to augment the chest muscles and create a muscular chest contour. Additionally, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat deposits and refine body proportions.

How to Prepare for Gender-Affirming Surgery

Getting prepared for body masculinization surgery has several key steps. Start by talking with a qualified doctor to discuss your goals. Make sure to complete all office paperwork and insurance forms for a smoother process. Follow any pre-operative instructions. This might include adjusting medications and lifestyle changes (e.g., quitting smoking, eating a well-balanced diet, and limiting alcohol intake). You will also need to arrange transportation and care after your operation. A caregiver, friends, and/or family are essential for recovery.

What to Expect After Masculinization Procedures

There is a period of recovery after masculinization procedures. Follow your post-operative care instructions to aid healing. This will reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Pain medication will be prescribed to ensure you are comfortable during the recovery process. Other things that can assist with recovery include: icing sore areas and wearing a compressive garment is essential to rest and avoid strenuous activities during the first few weeks of recovery. This allows your body to heal. As swelling subsides and healing progresses, you will gradually begin to see the results of your procedures. Final outcomes typically become more apparent over several months.

Patient Stories

At ART Surgical in San Francisco, California, Dr. Rodriguez and her team prioritize the well-being of their patients. With personalized care, they aim to positively impact each patient's journey. We encourage you to hear from our patients about their experiences with ART Surgical and the meaningful effects of our services.

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