Body Masculinization Surgery at the International Center for Transgender Care

Body Masculinization Surgery at the International Center for Transgender Care

Body masculinization surgery (BMS) is an important step in the transition process for transgender men.  Combined with hormone therapy, this procedure allows the transman to achieve a more masculine physique throughout the upper and lower body.  Patients who undergo BMS also typically experience increased self-esteem and improved satisfaction with their physical appearance.

Due to the effects of estrogen, individuals who are genetically female tend to carry body fat on the hips, legs, and buttocks.  In contrast, individuals who are genetically male typically store fat around the waist and abdomen.  Body masculinization surgery is performed via targeted liposuction to the thighs, chest, flanks, back, and/or buttocks.  This technique allows the surgeon to sculpt a trim, masculine body contour.

BMS is a safe procedure, and most trans men are very happy with their results.  During the procedure, the surgeon will make tiny incisions in the treatment area.  Because the incisions are so small, scarring is minimal.  A tool called a cannula is then used to remove unwanted fat via vacuum suction.  The length of the procedure will vary depending on which areas are being treated.  Absorbable sutures may be used to close the incisions, and the patient will wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and assist in the healing process.

BMS is usually performed on an outpatient basis while the patient is awake, using a local anesthetic.  Recovery takes about one week on average.  During this time, strenuous exercise should be avoided, and some swelling, bruising, and pain is to be expected.  While serious complications are rare, they have occasionally occurred, so it is extremely important to choose a surgeon with expertise in performing BMS.  Additionally, trans men who undergo BMS should have realistic expectations and a good understanding of the risks and benefits of this procedure.

At the International Center for Transgender Care, our surgeons have over twenty years of experience treating transgender patients.  Contact us to schedule a consultation at (972) 543-2477. We look forward to assisting you in achieving the very best results for your body masculinization surgery.

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