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For those seeking feminization, top surgery involves breast augmentation with implants or fat transfer to increase the size of the breasts. On the other hand, for those seeking masculinization, top surgery involves breast removal or chest contouring to create a more masculine chest appearance. The type of top surgery you choose will depend on your goals and needs. To find out how Dr. Mark G. Albert can help you affirm your true self through gender-affirming top surgery, don't hesitate to contact Albert Plastic Surgery at our New York City locations. We invite you to schedule an introductory consultation and begin your journey toward matching your outward appearance with your inner self.

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Should I Consider Top Surgery?

There are many different reasons someone might consider top surgery. For many transgender individuals, the appearance of their chest can be a significant source of distress and discomfort. By undergoing top surgery, they can alleviate this discomfort and feel more comfortable and confident in their own body.

In addition to alleviating discomfort, top surgery can also help transgender individuals to better align their physical appearance with their gender identity. For many people, having a more masculine or feminine chest can be an essential part of their gender expression and help them feel more authentic and true to themselves. 

The Top Surgery Procedure


Masculinization top surgery, also known as chest reconstruction, involves removing the breast tissue to create a more masculine chest appearance. This procedure is typically performed on transgender men (FTM) or non-binary individuals who desire a more masculine appearance. During the procedure, Dr. Albert will make incisions around the areola and down the center of the chest to remove breast tissue. The nipple and areola are typically resized and repositioned to create a natural-looking chest.


Feminization top surgery, also known as breast augmentation, involves inserting breast implants to create a more feminine chest appearance. This procedure is typically performed on transgender women (MTF) or non-binary individuals who desire a more feminine appearance. During the procedure, Dr. Albert will make incisions under the muscle or breast tissue or around the areola to insert implants, creating a breast that looks and feels natural.

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Your Consultation With Dr. Albert

During your preoperative consultation with Dr. Albert, you have the opportunity to learn about the procedural options available to you. He takes his time to understand your cosmetic goals and unique physical characteristics. Once Dr. Albert has a better understanding of your needs, he can guide you through the various treatment options offered at Albert Plastic Surgery.

If you decide top surgery is the right choice, Dr. Albert will explain the procedure in detail, including incision placement and other important aspects. This consultation will give you peace of mind and a thorough understanding of how Dr. Albert will create your desired results. He will also provide a detailed recovery timeline and aftercare instructions to ensure your comfort during the recovery period.

Recovering From Top Surgery

After undergoing top surgery, your body will need time to heal and recover. You may experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising for the first few days after surgery. Dr. Albert will provide pain medication to help manage any pain or discomfort. You must also wear a compression garment to support your chest and help reduce swelling.

Keeping the surgical site clean and dry is crucial to prevent infection. Dr. Albert will provide thorough postoperative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. He will share how to care for your incisions and when it is safe to shower or bathe. It would be best to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol during recovery, as these can interfere with the healing process.

Every person's recovery time depends on the type of top surgery and how well the body is healing. Most patients can return to work within a week or two, but avoiding any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least four to six weeks is essential. Taking it easy and avoiding straining your chest muscles or causing any damage to the surgical site is essential.

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