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Patients who don’t identify as either male or female may have difficulty feeling comfortable in their own skin. Their self-image may not align with what they see in the mirror, leading them to develop a condition known as gender dysphoria. Non-Binary top surgery can help these patients feel more comfortable in their skin by creating changes that are in line with how they feel.
Non-Binary is one of several terms used to define a person that identifies as neither male nor female. In addition to this term, some individuals may use titles such as genderqueer, agender (not having a gender), bigender, etc. What unites all of this terminology is the fact that it all denotes an individual that does not fit anywhere in the gender binary.
Non-Binary top surgery can help patients achieve a look that vastly improves their confidence and outlook on life.
What is non-binary top surgery?
Top surgery for non-binary individuals involves cutting-edge techniques that reform the chest area. They are typically performed using one of two techniques:
The periareolar incision – Also known as a keyhole incision, this technique involves making an incision that encircles the nipple. An additional, wider incision is then made around the same area. This is considered to be the ideal technique for patients who only need a small amount of tissue to be extracted.
The double incision – The double incision technique is usually reserved for cases where a large amount of tissue needs to be removed. This method involves making two horizontal incisions at both the top and bottom sides of the pectoral muscles. The skin is then lifted so that fat and tissue can be extracted from the area. In some cases, liposuction will be performed in tandem with the procedure for more striking results.
What are the benefits of top surgery?
A huge increase in self confidence
non-binary patients who choose to undergo top surgery enjoy a significant boost in self confidence. They feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Improved expression of one’s gender
While not all non-binary patients will seek out gender-reaffirming surgeries, they can be revolutionary for those who do. Patients who choose to undergo top surgery find that they can express themselves better than they ever have before.
All patients who have gender dysphoria will experience some form of depression and anxiety at some point. Suicidal ideology amongst the LGBT community is incredibly high. Top surgery helps non-binary individuals feel better about the person they see in the mirror and enables them to connect with others more easily.
More clothing options
After undergoing top surgery, patients find that their clothing options have greatly expanded. They can now wear things that were more difficult to pull off before they underwent the surgery.
Who is a good candidate for non-binary top surgery?
As with any surgery, patients should be of sound body and mind and free of any conditions that may lead to complications during the surgery. non-binary top surgery, just like any other gender-reaffirming treatment, requires that patients have a document that states that they have had persistent gender dysphoria for years. It is recommended that patients be at least 18 years of age before undergoing the procedure. That said, minors can receive the treatment if their parent or legal guardian gives consent.
Beyond that, patients must provide a signed letter from a licensed therapist. The letter must say that the patient has been undergoing therapy for gender dysphoria, that they are certain that they want to live their life as another gender, and that they don’t have any psychological issues that could influence their decision.
What does the recovery process entail?
Top surgery procedures usually last about two to three hours. Following the procedure, patients are given compression garments that keep pressure on the treated area to reduce swelling and keep the new contours intact. In some cases, patients may need to have drains placed in the treatment sites to prevent the accumulation of fluid.
During the recovery process, it is normal for patients to experience effects such as swelling, bruising, and tenderness. These will usually dissipate by the two-week mark. It usually takes only three weeks for patients to get back to their normal routines.
Why choose Dr. Sajan?
With years of experience under his belt, Dr. Javad Sajan is one of the top surgeons in the state of Colorado. He utilizes his unique skill set and experience to create treatment plans that help his patients achieve their cosmetic goals. Beyond his skill and attention to detail, he is revered for his empathy. He gives all of his patients ample time to express all of their concerns.
Call us today to set up a private consultation and learn more about non-binary top surgery.