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Body Contouring: Masculinization Surgery

Every individual produces hormones at different rates which means that everyone carries and stores fat differently. On average though, individuals who are assigned female at birth (AFAB) are typically more prone to storing more fat overall – especially in regions such as the hips, legs, and buttocks. Meanwhile, individuals who are assigned male at birth (AMAB) generally store less body fat – and when they do gain weight, the fat tends to be deposited more in their upper body.

This means that AFAB individuals who are naturally curvy or heavier oftentimes wish to minimize certain feminine characteristics in their body, to reduce feelings of gender dysphoria or discomfort. Fat distribution is definitely the main concern here. For some individuals, hormone therapy, weight-lifting, and a special diet already yield favourable results. However, some individuals may need a bit more help with achieving a more masculine bodily appearance. This is where body contouring can help.

How Does Body Contouring Surgery Work?

The FTM Body Contouring Procedures to Choose From

Given that fat distribution between the male and female body is very different, body contouring can help anyone to close the fat distribution gap and achieve a body that is more masculine. When body contouring surgical procedures such as liposuction, Brachioplasty, and tummy tuck surgery are used for this end goal, they are known collectively as body masculinization surgery. 

Not all bodies are the same though. This is why body masculinization surgery should be tailor-fit for the needs and goals of each individual. Some may succeed on liposuction alone in achieving their desired look – while some may need additional body contouring treatments such as the tummy tuck or Brachioplasty.

How These FTM Body Contouring Procedures Work

The success of these procedures is due to their ability to target specific areas and permanently remove fat cells. In the case of FTM transformations, the targeted areas for these treatments are usually the hips, legs, and buttocks. But since AMAB individuals are typically not prone to storing fat overall, other areas can be targeted as well to achieve a leaner, more masculine look – this is where other treatments like the tummy tuck surgery and Brachioplasty can help. 

Since fat cells no longer multiply after puberty, this means that fat cells that are removed during liposuction, tummy tuck, and/or Brachioplasty are gone for good. Of course, proper nutrition and exercise will still be required because even the smallest amount of fat cells that remain after these procedures can grow up to any size when the patient becomes negligent of their fitness.

Let’s have a further look at these methods:

Firstly, liposuction needs very little explanation – it is a treatment that helps to eliminate fat from specific areas. 

Next up, we have the tummy tuck procedure. This treatment allows for the removal of excess skin and fat, along with the fixing of weakened abdominal muscles for a tighter and leaner appearance in the abdomen area. 

Finally, we have Brachioplasty, a procedure that removes excess fat and skin between the armpits and the elbow area, resulting in leaner looking arms.

Who Is Best Suited for Body Contouring?

All procedures under the umbrella term of body contouring and body masculinization surgery are invasive. This means that the body’s capacity to heal is very important – this is why overall good health is a must. 

The ideal candidate is at a stable weight, has healthy habits, and does not have unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking that can impede the healing process. Conditions like diabetes can also lead to poor wound healing – meaning if you have this condition, this will need to be discussed first with your physician. 

But beyond the physical aspect of these procedures, the ideal candidate should also be at least 16 years of age and is certain of this permanent bodily change.

How to Prepare for Your Masculinization Surgery

Ensure Overall Good Health and Stop Smoking

In any kind of surgical procedure, it’s very important that the body is in the optimal condition for healing – even if it’s just liposuction with small incisions. To ensure this, you may be instructed to stop smoking for 2 to 4 weeks before your surgery. This is because smoking has been linked to slower wound healing.

Plan for Downtime

It’s important to be aware of the downtime of your specific procedures so that you can plan ahead and set aside the needed time for rest.

Body Contouring Surgery Post-Op Care & Recovery

Liposuction

Although liposuction involves relatively smaller incisions, these still need to be sutured. During recovery, you will need to take care of these sutures while also avoiding strenuous physical activities. Compression garments and pain killers will be required in some cases. 

Recovery is generally fast and you’ll be able to go back to work within a few days and resume normal physical activities in a matter of 2 weeks. 

Tummy Tuck & Brachioplasty

During the recovery stage of these surgical procedures, you would need to care properly for your sutures and avoid strenuous physical activity. You may also be required to wear compression garments to control the swelling – and take painkillers and antibiotics to manage pain and avoid infections respectively. The tummy tuck surgery will need about 2 to 3 weeks of recovery while Brachioplasty will need about 1 to 2 weeks. 

Generally, it is recommended that normal strenuous physical activity be avoided until at least 6 weeks after surgery has passed. 

Unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking are prohibited until full recovery – but of course, still discouraged even afterwards.

Potential Complications & Risks

Liposuction

The main risks associated with liposuction include fluid accumulation, internal puncture, infection, numbness, fat embolism, and contour irregularities that may need revisional liposuction.

Tummy Tuck & Brachioplasty

The main risks for these types of masculinization surgery include the following: poor wound healing, prolonged swelling, infections, fluid accumulation, unfavourable scarring, numbness or changes in skin sensation, fat necrosis, and asymmetry that may need revisional surgery. 

Contact Us Today for a Consultation

Now you can achieve a more masculine body that matches your inner self. With these modern body contouring procedures, and in the hands of an experienced surgeon, it is easier and safer than ever before! 

McLean is a leading plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic clinic in Mississauga. Under the leadership plastic surgeon, Dr. Mclean, our clinic strives to give you everything you need in order to face the world with confidence.

So, let’s talk about your body masculinization goals. Contact us today and get a free consultation!

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