Mastectomy

01

What it is Mastectomy?

Mastectomy is performed in transgender men for torso masculinization purposes. There are 2 techniques that are commonly used:   Periareolar, for very small breasts; and nipple grafting for medium-size and large breasts.  We employ a third technique for medium-size and large breasts with which we maintain full sensitivity of the nipples. The technique employed depends on the size of your gland. The results from each surgery are different. Scars get hidden by the pectoral muscle fold and in most of the cases sensitivity is preserved. Sometimes a liposuction is needed around the armpits.

The goal is to provide your chest with a more masculine appearance without compromising sensitivity.  

Tests

Lab tests

Hormones

It is not necessary to discontinue their use

Anesthesia

General

Surgery

Length: 2 hours

Hospital

1 day

Recovery

10 days

In Mazatlán

5 days before and 14 days after

Fees

USD$3,612-4,445

02

Preparing for Surgery

Pre-surgical medical assessment required at least one week before surgery to evaluate the most suitable technique for you, your general health, drug intake, and to know your needs and expectations; request and analyze pre-surgical lab tests, take clinical pre-surgery pictures, and to jointly plan your surgery.

  • Do not take aspirin products one week before surgical procedure.
  • Discontinue the use of hormone contraceptives two weeks in advance.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages within 72 hours before surgery.

03

Aftercare

At discharge you will be provided with a detailed list of the required specific care measures you must follow. Generally speaking:

  • Wear compression vest for 6 months.
  • In most occasions drains are left-on after surgery.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Take your medication as indicated.
  • Observe strict hygiene of surgical area.
  • Do not exercise until indicated by your doctor.
  • Do not expose body areas with scars to the sunlight.

Information about surgical procedures and how to plan your trip and stay in Mazatlan.

04

Follow up

We will conduct an evaluation during the first, second and third weeks after surgery; in two months, and in six months to a year to monitor permanence of results. If necessary, you could visit us at any time during your recovery.

Our staff will maintain constant communication to inquire how you have been evolving and to detect any potential incident in a promptly manner; in addition to answering your questions and providing you with follow-up care during your recovery process.

If you’re coming from a different town you must stay in Mazatlán for at least 7 days after surgery (for the second surgery). We conduct follow up care by teleconference. Ideally, we should see you one year after surgery to if necessary, refine those little details arising and to conduct a deep review of your scars and make sure they are perfectly fine. You should not expose scars to sunlight for 3 months after surgery.

05

What to expect

Ecchymoses (bruises) are common, although they appear in a discreet manner. Usually drains are removed a week after surgery. Occasionally a long scar is preferred when it provides you with a proper thorax contour. Most surgeons offer you a technique that reduces nipple sensitivity. We perform a third technique which preserves sensitive in most of the cases.

Sensitivity is recovered as of 6 months and up to one year after.

"What you are is what you have been. What you´ll be is what you do now.”
-BUDDHA-

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