Dr. Dupere is Highly Skilled! - Toronto, ON

I needed a chest wall reconstruction after a...

I needed a chest wall reconstruction after a botched chest surgery. I wasn't sure if I could go through with it because my first experience was so awful.
I knew that it would be a huge challenge and that I would need a very skilled surgeon to do this work for me, but I couldn't fit clothes that I wanted to wear and my chest really was awful looking after my first surgery.
I decided to travel from Winnipeg to Toronto to have this procedure done, with Dr. Dupere. I had a Skype consultation with him beforehand, and he was confident that he could help me. I felt confident as well.

1 Week Post-Op Before and After

This was my chest 1 week after surgery. Before was a horror show!
Toronto Plastic Surgeon

I had a chest wall reconstruction with Dr. Dupere after a traumatic botched double mastectomy (I am a female to male transgendered person). From the beginning of my contact with Dr. Dupere and his staff, especially Joyce, who is incredible, I felt comfortable. Even though I was ashamed and felt horrible about how I looked, there was no hint of rudeness or judgment about my body. I honestly thought I was beyond repair but when I got to Toronto and entered Dr. Dupere's office for the first time, I started to feel genuinely hopeful. Never once did Joyce or Dr. Dupere make me feel like I was a lost cause. He was, however, honest with me about expectations, which I appreciated. I never once felt rushed or like I was an inconvenience. My results, even at this stage of the healing process, make me feel like a million bucks. Dr. Dupere has a gentle hand and after such a traumatic first surgery it was healing to have someone treat my body so well. All I can say is that I am forever grateful to Dr. Dupere for fixing my chest and for showing me that being a surgeon doesn't make you callous and rude. My faith in humanity has been restored! When I had my final appointment with Dr. Dupere, he assured me that though I wouldn't be in Toronto any longer, he would continue to be available to me to answer questions or speak to doctors (because I'm not fully healed yet). Dr. Dupere is trans-friendly, a skilled surgeon, and a person who takes his time to make his patients feel worthwhile and cared for. I could not have asked for anything better. I'm wearing shirts I could have never worn before! I feel great. Not only does my chest look better than I ever thought it would, but I feel like I had a real experience with a real doctor who valued me.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hey there :) just checking in to see how you are feeling, are you still having the pain near your armpit? 
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My armpit feels a lot better. I just feel like my chest is filled with Novocaine! I am still uncomfortable walking for long periods and that same armpit is numb when I put on deodorant. I think my body is just doing its best to heal. It went through a lot in the past seven or eight months.
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Hey, how's things going?
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Pretty good. I feel like my scars are healing well and things still look even. I've been doing a hardcore skincare routine that I didn't think I could keep up but have, so I feel good about that. I still have that "someone poured anbesol into my chest cavity" feeling, but it's finally going away. I feel good. I can't wait to start working out, but I don't feel ready yet!
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Good to hear, do you mind if I ask what your skin care routine consists of?
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Your revision looks really great. I'm glad you had a positive second experience after what you must have gone through with the first.  
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Woah! So happy for your results. If you're comfortable, what happened before the first surgery? Your afters are so amazing!
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My first surgeon performed the wrong type of surgery for my body type; I had a D cup chest and he did a periarolar incision. What I've been told is that I had a series of post-surgical infections that made for some lengthy hospital stays and heavy-duty antibiotics. I then had a necrotic infection and my nipple died and fell off - I had lots of hematomas and seromas aspirated. My chest was flattish through all of that but a month after I was out of hospital that is what I was left with. I believe it was scar tissue mostly. It was a horrible ordeal.
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Dear lord! I'm so sorry about that...I'm so happy you got this revised and the chest you desired and deserve. Love your new results. Keep us posted on your healing.
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Great results!
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Your final result looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing.
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thanks!
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Oh wow, wonderful results - thank you for taking the time to share your side by side photo. This will be encouraging for others who may have experienced something similar. 

I am glad you are recovering well. 
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So glad you shared your story with us! Sorry that you had a bad experience the first time around. It's great you were able to connect with a doctor who was able to help you and give you your confidence back! Do you have any photos you are willing to share with us?
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I have a preliminary before and after but am still waiting for my grafts to match colour.. I'm only 3 1/2 weeks post-op. but yes! I will post my one week post-op before and after
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Great, thank you so much - look forward to your photo update. How are you feeling?
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How do I upload?
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never mind. I just wasn't signed in.
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I'm feeling really good, though my armpit is really sore and I can't figure out why. Other than that every day is easier. It was a major surgery.
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