Best Profile Implants for Flat-Chested Transgender MTF?
- Asked by pchubie in asia
- 3 years ago
I am udergoing a Breast Augmentation in few weeks. I have talked to 3 doctors in a day but then they give me confusion in which profile implants i should have. A doctor told me to have a high and others told me to have a low profile implants. I am planning to have a 400cc mentor moderate (low) profile. Do u think i would have more natural looking and feeling breasts than having moderate plus or high profile for a flat-chested transexuals like me? i am 22, 5'8" and 140lbs .. thanks in advance!
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Regarding: "Best Profile Implants for Flat-Chested Transgender MTF?
I am udergoing a Breast Augmentation in few weeks. I have talked to 3 doctors in a day but then they give me confusion in which profile implants i should have. A doctor told me to have a high and others told me to have a low profile implants. I am planning to have a 400cc mentor moderate (low) profile. Do u think i would have more natural looking and feeling breasts than having moderate plus or high profile for a flat-chested transexuals like me? i am 22, 5'8" and 140lbs .. thanks in advance!"
Our colleagues in Thailand do more of this surgery than almost anyone else and the world and I would defer the details to them. I would like to give you a few points to think about.
The BEST looking / feeling breast augmentations are seen in woman (or tans gender MTF) who have enough breast tissue to cover the implants they choose. If you do not have female breasts, you should consider going on hormone therapy until you develop such breast tissue. The MORE breast tissue between the skin and the breast implant, the more the ripples of the implant would be covered and the more attractive the result.
For this reason, I would recommend a Mentor High Profile (similar to their MP plus) or moderate profile silicone gem implant placed via a Keller funnel (which allows the use of shorter silicone gel breast implant incisions). The silicone gel implants ripple less than saline implants and would feel more natural in your case.
Dr. Peter Aldea
Proper profile implants for M to F transgender patient?
The reason you are confused is because many plastic surgeons have minimal experience with M to F transgender patients, or have a tendency to use a certain profile implant with all their patients, female and transgender alike. This is wrong, IMHO.
At 5'8" tall, you would be considered a tall female, but your present chest and breast base anatomy is masculine (relatively wide, with taut skin and youthful robust musculature). Your surgeon and you should first determine the implant size needed to give you the breast volume you wish (that presumably is proportionate to the rest of your body), and once that is determined choose the implant profile that achieves that volume with the best match to your breast base diameter. Depending on size this would likely be moderate profile implants, or with somewhat larger implants, moderate plus profile implants.
This should be considered only when hormone therapy has enlarged your breasts as much as possible (12-18 months after initiation of hormone therapy; most patients will develop no more than about one cup size of breast tissue).
Because M to F transgender patients do have more pectoralis muscle bulk and taut skin than their physiologically-female flat-chested counterparts, anywhere from 1/3 to half of transgender patients will benefit from consideration of tissue expander placement to stretch the lower pole muscles and skin to yield a natural teardrop shape and adequate skin/muscle coverage for appropriately-sized implants. Simply placing implants in every transgender patient unfortunately can yield too-small, firm, convex-up, concave-down shaped breasts with wide cleavage. Totally unnatural look AND feel.
Obviously, it's not just about profile!
Assessment of muscle and skin tightness must be determined before recommending this two-stage surgical approach (or not), but doing this when appropriate will often minimize the need for multiple re-operations to try to obtain adequate size, position, shape, and softness of implants in the transgender chest.
As you can see, one approach and profile does NOT fit all!
There are a few plastic surgeons who perform significant numbers of transgender surgeries, and have office staff, nursing staff, and the associated capabilities that many plastic surgical practices do not have. Seek these practices and surgeons out, and obtain a few more consultations. It will be worth the time, effort, and (saved) expense of an improper choice. As anyone who does do significant numbers of transgender augmentations will tell you, this is NOT simply placing implants as we do in our non-trans female patient! For several examples of my transgender patients click on the web reference link below. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
Breast implant profile
Choosing the best breast implant for breast augmentation requires an in person consultation to evaluate the patient's physical characteristics such as skin laxity and width of natural breast. In general, moderate profile breast implants are better suited for wider breasts, whereas higher profile implants are preferable for narrow breasts with more tissue compliance.
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You would benefit by considering form stable shaped textured implants. I would place them under the muscle through an incision at the bottom of your breast. While these are not the only option, they would provide a very natural breast shape. They also have a lower complication rate than round smooth implants as you referenced above.
Regarding size, while I don't have the chart in front of me, typically the surgeon will measure your breast width and then arrive at a breast implant size that will fit your shape. Transgender patients can often handle larger sized implants mainly due to the broadness of the chest and shoulders. You don't seem to have this issue can then choose amongst the different profiles based on how large you want to be post operatively. Hope this helps.
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Style of implant
I would recommend the Mentor High Profile implant. You have a small torso. The high profile implants will give you nice projection.
Profile of implant
You can easily determine which size and profile of implant fits you best by trying on some implants int the plastic surgeons office. Just bring in a very tight T-shirt or sports bra and try on various implant sizes and profiles.
All the best,
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Based on your height, weight, and body habitus, the moderate profile implants would look the most natural. I would use a higher profile implant if you are narrow, and the moderate profile implants in your size range are too wide. It sounds like you are on the right track with what you have chosen.
Best Profile Implants for Flat-Chested Transgender MTF
I choice is High Profile for more projection not more width. Seek more in person opinions. Also an expander implant might be a goood choice for you to achieve that 400 cc soft size.
Profile of Implants
Moderate profile usually give the most natural results, but the choice has to be individualized to each patient. This determination is made using your anatomy, chest measurements and skin quality. Good luck with your surgery.
Web reference: http://www.ShaferPlasticSurgery.com
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