Our approach to gender affirmation surgeries

The goal of gender affirmation surgeries is to give transgender individuals the physical appearance and functional abilities of the gender they know themselves to be. The procedures listed here are currently offered at Stonegate Plastic Surgery for transwomen (MTF) and transmen (FTM) to aid in their journeys.

Transfeminine Top Surgery

The goal of transfeminine top surgery is to enhance the size and shape of the breasts while creating a more feminine appearance for the chest. Several techniques are used to perform transfeminine top surgery. Your surgeon will discuss with you which technique is best suited to your needs; this discussion will take into consideration how incisions should be placed, which type of implant is right for you, and your desired amount of breast enlargement.

Transmasculine Top Surgery

The goal of transmasculine top surgery is to remove the breast tissue (mastectomy) from both breasts and reconstruct the chest and nipple areolar complex to appear masculinized. There are several techniques used to perform transmasculine top surgery including keyhole (subcutaneous mastectomy) or double incision (simple mastectomy). Your surgeon will discuss with you which technique is best suited to your needs; this discussion will take into consideration the amount of breast tissue that needs removed, the amount of excess skin that will be left, and your ideal level of nipple sensation.

Your gender affirmation procedure

Your surgical session will be completely customized and planned during your consultation. Your procedure will be performed at our accredited surgical facility, where our professional medical staff will provide safe, private care before, during, and after your procedure.

Gender affirmation procedures are performed under general anesthesia, which is administered after you’re comfortable and prepared for your procedure by and with the help of our medical staff. The appropriate procedures are then performed according to the plan outlined during your consultations. After your procedure, our medical staff will keep you for observation to ensure you’re recovering properly and are safe to return home.

Your consultation at Stonegate Plastic Surgery

Our surgeons follow the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. An in-office consultation is the best way to begin the gender affirmation surgical process. During your initial consult, our staff can review WPATH criteria, discuss insurance coverage, and create a customized treatment plan for your goals and anatomical needs.

To schedule a private, informational consultation at our St. Joseph office, contact us by calling 269.556.6000 or complete our online form.