Mastectomies, hysterectomies, genital reassignment surgery, and salpingo-oophorectomies are safe and effective with minimal scarring. These procedures are performed on a number of patients leaving surgeons with lots of experience collectively and individually.
In addition to skillful placement of incisions, some postoperative habits can assist the body in healing and can minimize the amount of scarring every step of the way.
How a Skilled Surgeon Can Reduce Scarring
Since mastectomies that aren’t performed based on risk of cancer are different from ones that are, the removal of certain parts can be seen as elective.
The surgeon has more options when it comes to the placement of incision, such as hiding it in the inframammary fold, which is the natural crease between the breast and the chest. The height of the fold is different from person to person, and in men the crease generally falls on the underside of the pectoral muscle group.
Genital re-assignment is another procedure that depends on relevant factors, but the procedure uses either the clitoris or some other tissue graft. Grafts can use tissue from the arm, thigh, or belly, all of which can use an incision on the inner side of the arm or leg to cover the scar.
How to Prepare Yourself for Surgery
The best thing you can do to prevent scarring is to be in the best health, promoting a speedy and easy recovery.
In general, surgeons will ask their FTM patients for the following:
In addition, eating well, sleeping well, managing stress, and getting sufficient exercise should also help. Simple acts like drinking enough water and reducing excessive caffeine intake is not only good for you, it will make you feel more prepared for surgery.
The primary factor in recovery is time. Your body has mechanisms to heal itself, but it will do so on its own timeline. Staying healthy during this time will be helpful, so keep up those habits you developed in preparation for the procedures.
If you’re concerned about postoperative scar care, consult Dr. McLean for advice on how to promote healing scar tissue successfully. One product that has been proven successful is SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel which is also available at the McLean Clinic.