Seeking ftm top surgery recommendations!
August 15, 2013 2:18 PM Subscribe
I am beginning to seriously look into ftm top surgery (double mastectomy for a more masculine chest) within the next couple of years. I would like your recommendations of surgeons to look into. If you or someone you know has had a good (or bad!) experience, please let me know. Looking for names, locations, ballpark cost, and any specific requirements I should know about.
If this influences your answer:
-- I am in the SF bay area, and I'd like to stay local (where local is defined as "Bay area, San Jose, and Sacramento and outlying areas we could drive to in 8 hours or less"), but I will travel anywhere. I'd rather not go international unless the service is exceptional and significantly cheaper. I am less likely to have support from family or friends if I have to travel (I'm nobody's dependent, so taking additional time off work to care for me might be hard.)
-- I would prefer to work with surgeons who follow an informed-consent model, but I will work with surgeons who require permission from a therapist/GP if they're otherwise the best choice.
-- Less expensive is better, but I understand that good work costs.
-- I would prefer to maintain nerve function in my chest, even at the expense of masculine appearance. I am somewhere around a C-cup, so I am aware that minimally-invasive techniques are probably not for me, but I know some surgeons have multiple options. I don't care about minimizing scars; I'm not trying to "pass" perfectly with my shirt off.
Thanks for your advice and suggestions!