Gender transition is greatly influenced by physical appearance, some feel most at ease if their physical look also changes. Transgender breast augmentation uses implants to improve the size and/or shape of the chest in transfeminine patients. Many people transition their gender because they think that if they could live as a member of the other sex, it would make their lives more real and meaningful.

Transgender breast augmentation
Transgender breast augmentation

What is transgender breast augmentation?

Traditionally, the breast has represented femininity.

Breast augmentation can assist transgender women in balancing their outward looks with their internal emotions. Often, after surgery, patients feel more confident than before.

Those in good physical and mental health who have reasonable expectations are the greatest candidates for this operation.

If you wish to improve the size, symmetry, nipple shape, and overall appearance of your breasts, breast augmentation may be the best option for you.

Several cutting-edge approaches have emerged as a result of the robust development of the aesthetics area and are now well-known throughout the world. Because of its complete safety and remarkable beauty effect, this treatment is therefore well recognized not only abroad but also in Vietnam.

What are the challenges of transgender breast augmentation? Are there any significant differences between it and traditional breast augmentation?

Despite the continued growth of the cosmetology industry, there are still certain challenges with transgender breast augmentation.

Compared to standard female breast augmentation, transgender breast augmentation is more difficult to perform surgically. Male chest muscles are quite tight and lack mammary glands because of the thin skin structure. Hence, to achieve the greatest results and guarantee that no unfavorable scars are left behind, this treatment demands the performing doctor to have a high level of surgical skill.

Transgender breast augmentation
Transgender breast augmentation

The key difference between transgender breast augmentation and traditional one:

  • Procedures for both breast augmentation are generally similar.
  • The way surgery is prepared is one significant distinction.
  • Before getting their augmentation, the transgender patient might need to finish some consultation sessions to make sure they are making the right decision as well as understanding the process.
  • To aid in the development of female breast tissue, a transitioning woman might also need to take female hormones.
  • The majority of male-to-female patients have larger chests, bigger chest muscles, different nipple locations, and little or no breast tissue.
  • Except for the fact that transgender breast augmentation implants require more time to settle, how the recovery will probably be the same.
  • Implants will fall and have a natural contour once they have settled, albeit it might take longer.

How is Transgender Breast Augmentation Performed?

Transgender breast augmentation is not much different from common breast augmentation. However, during the surgery, there will be more complicated techniques used. Therefore, the doctor will plan a detailed process earlier than expected.

Step 1: Examination and consultation

Customers wishing to have a transgender breast augmentation should conduct a breast examination about 2 months in advance. The doctor will discuss the expectation of customers as well as examine their current condition of them to come up with the most suitable surgical process and bring back a satisfactory result.

Step 2: Pre-surgery health check

At this step, the doctor will examine the client’s health status, and you will have to provide information related to your medical condition or declare the use of medication you are taking (if any).

Step 3: Measure chest shape and general anesthesia

After determining whether the patient’s health condition is eligible for surgery, the doctor will measure and draw the breast shape by the pre-planned proportions.

For transgender breast augmentation or any breast-related surgical procedures, customers will be given general anesthesia before surgery.

Step 4: Main procedure

For this type of surgery, the doctor will use laparoscopic technology to conduct the surgery, open the skin, and put the implant inside. Then, the doctor will align, shape and fix the breasts accordingly.

During the surgery, the doctor also conducts breast shaping to make the breast skin pink to ensure aesthetics pleasing.

Step 5: Post-operative care

After finishing the surgery, the customer will be transferred to the post-operative care room to monitor the response to the breast implant and health status. This is also a sensitive time because the chest is very susceptible to contraction reactions, so it needs special attention.

What type of implant is suitable for transgender breast augmentation?

Because the structure of the chest area between males and females is far different from each other, transgender breast augmentation requires a type of implant that is flexible and easy to put inside. Currently, some of the preferred implants for this case include Nano Motiva Implant (USA); Mentor implant (USA),…

Precautions before surgery

  • About 2-3 weeks or preferably 1 month before the breast augmentation appointment, customers will be advised to stop injecting hormones and stop using functional foods that stimulate hormone growth to ensure good health conditions, the psychology of customers, and prevent potential complications.
  • Stop using the medication, or pharmaceuticals containing ingredients including Aspirin, Heparin, Paracetamol, …
  • You may need to stop taking blood thinners, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and the majority of herbal supplements a week before your surgery to get ready for it.
  • If you smoke, it’s advised that you try to stop before your operation date and stay smoke-free for at least two weeks following your procedure. Smoking can delay healing, prolonging the rehabilitation process.
  • It’s also beneficial to maintain a healthy weight before surgery because it will make the procedure and recovery go more easily.
  • Keep your mind at ease and avoid negative emotions that can affect your psyche.

After surgery

Regardless of the method, after the surgery, the customer needs to undergo a careful care process to avoid the occurrence of cases that affect health. Because transgender breast augmentation is a major procedure, your body will require time to heal.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • If your implants were placed behind your chest muscles, you may suffer swelling and soreness in the first few days following your operation.
  • After removing the bandage, you need to wear the compression garment 24/7 for the following time after surgery. If wearing a bra, give preference to tight-fitting bras, thin frames, and thick push-up padding.
  • Do not expose the chest area to water for the first 2 days after surgery. You can clean this area by gently wiping it with a damp cloth.
  • After a week after rehabilitation, the majority of patients can go back to work, but they must forego heavy lifting and vigorous activity for another six weeks.
  • Abstain from heavy work or vigorous exercise to avoid a deformed chest area after breast augmentation.
  • Abstain from dishes made from foods including Beef, chicken, salmon, glutinous rice, water spinach, etc.
  • Abstain from unhealthy drinks such as alcohol, and coffee, and do not smoke.
  • Only use medication prescribed by the doctor, and do not arbitrarily buy external drugs but have approval from the doctor.
  • Do not sleep on your stomach, and abstain from sex for the first 2 months after breast augmentation.
  • From the 2nd month onwards, you should combine breast massage to create roundness and attractive cleavage.

How long does it take to heal from transgender breast surgery?

Similar to normal breast augmentation, after surgery, customers will need 1-3 months for the chest area to stabilize. Recovery time will vary from person to person.

  • The first 10 days after surgery: You need to wear a shaping-bra/breast compression garment and take medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • 1 month after surgery: At this time, there will still be a slight feeling of tightness, but the implant has gradually shown signs of compatibility with the breast tissue.
  • 2-4 months after surgery: The breast shape has gradually stabilized, you need to continue to attend follow-up appointment appointments so the doctors can give you more advice regarding post-surgery care and the healing process.
  • From 5-6 months onwards: Your breast has more or less settled into the final now. You can now go back to wearing your bra as usual.

Please note that your breasts’ surgical wounds will require 6 to 8 weeks to recover completely.

Even though your incisions may already be healed, it will probably be a few months before you see the full effects of your breast augmentation.

Choosing a prestige place for transgender breast augmentation

With the characteristics of a major surgery requiring many complicated factors, there are many things that customers need to keep in mind before deciding to perform transgender breast augmentation. First of all, you need to conduct a throughout search and choose a reputable hospital to place your trust in for a successful operation.

In the past, finding a cosmetic hospital that performs transgender breast augmentation in Vietnam is quite rare. That’s why many people choose to go abroad for surgery, as the result, the cost to perform in another country is quite high, which has become a dilemma for many people who want to have surgery.

However, now you can rest assured that this situation is no longer a boundary to those who desire surgery to stay true to their heart. Gangwhoo Hospital is one of the pioneering units that successfully perform this surgical procedure and earn a positive feedback from customers.

This is considered a big turning point for Gangwhoo Hospital. With a team of doctors with many years of experience in performing breast augmentation in general and transgender breast augmentation in particular, you can rest assured that the result will be a plump, attractive breast shape and no different from other women.

Sharing about her decision to have breast augmentation at Gangwhoo, Trieu Vi – a girl who always harbors the dream of being true to herself told us that she experienced a lot of gossip from the public, the never-ending support from her family became the motivation for her participation in breast augmentation surgery. Gangwhoo Hospital is the place she trusted to accompany her on the journey to change herself.

She let us know that this is an important first step for Trieu Vi before perfecting herself to chase her dream of becoming a Miss International Queen Vietnam.

If you still have any doubts and worries about transgender breast augmentation and are not confident to do it, please come directly to Gangwhoo Hospital or contact our Hotline (24/7) at 1900 5128 or 0901 666 879 to book a consultation with our experts. And you can rest assured that in the journey of self-improvement, Gangwhoo will always be with you.


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