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Top Surgery

What is Top Surgery?

Top surgery is one of the most popular gender-affirming surgical procedures and refers to the removal of breast tissue and chest contouring for transgender men and non-binary individuals, as well as breast augmentation for transgender women. Transgender top surgery has helped many people worldwide live more authentically and comfortably in their bodies. In addition to the physical benefits, top surgery has proven crucial for the mental health of patients undergoing the procedure. 

Top surgery at the Crane Center includes many specialized procedures to provide patients with either a more masculine or more feminine presenting chest and upper body. Every case is unique. Our top surgery specialists will work with you to determine the best options and procedures to maximize your results.

Types of Top Surgery

Transmasculine Top Surgery

Transmasculine top surgery, formerly known as FTM top surgery, is one of the most popular surgeries for transgender men and non-binary individuals. The removal of breast tissue and contouring of the chest provides patients with a flatter and more masculine or non-binary presentation. The surgeons at the Crane Center have perfected the double incision and keyhole top surgery techniques as well as chest contouring and upper body masculinization procedures.

Learn more about our transmasculine top surgery procedures.

Transfeminine Top Surgery

Transfeminine top surgery, formerly known as MTF top surgery, includes procedures such as breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and upper body contouring to help transgender women achieve a more feminine presenting chest. Surgeons at the Crane Center specialize in feminizing breast augmentation and are experienced with techniques designed to maximize your results.

Learn more about our Transfeminine top surgery procedures.

Non-Binary Top Surgery

Top Surgery for non-binary individuals includes similar procedures performed for transgender men with the addition of specialized techniques for the removal of breast tissue and nipples for a more non-binary result. Our surgeons will work with you to create a unique plan to achieve optimal results.

Learn more about our non-binary top surgery procedures.

Top Surgery Cost

Every top surgery procedure has unique costs and insurance coverage considerations. At the Crane Center, we have a team of insurance experts that will work to get your medically necessary surgery approved and appeal any insurance denials on your behalf. Learn more about transgender surgery insurance coverage and contact us to discuss your individual plan.

Top Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Are there risks associated with top surgery?

The risks involved with top surgery are similar to those of any breast surgery operation and will vary depending on the type of procedure. The top surgery specialists at the Crane Center are leaders in the field, with years of experience performing successful transgender surgical procedures. Your surgeon will discuss potential risks and answer any questions when reviewing your individual plan. You will also be provided with pre and post-operative instructions to reduce any potential risks from your procedure.

Is top surgery covered by insurance?

The majority of top surgery procedures are covered by insurance. When you register as a new patient, the Crane Center’s insurance team will verify your insurance benefits and, following your initial consultation, create a plan listing estimated coverage and out-of-pocket costs.

Is hormone therapy required for top surgery?

While hormone therapy is available, and in some cases recommended for top surgery, it is not required.

Associates at the Crane Center are available to answer additional questions about top surgery procedures. Contact one of our clinics to learn more.

We acknowledge that terminology regarding transgender identities is evolving. We are committed to staying informed and using accurate terminology and inclusive language as determined by the individual themself.

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