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MTF Top Surgery
in Michigan

Male-to-female (MTF) top surgery in Michigan is a gender-affirming surgical procedure undertaken by trans women or non-binary individuals who are assigned male at birth, aiming to reshape their chest in a way that aligns more accurately with their gender identity. At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, our approach to feminizing the chest involves a multidisciplinary approach, where our board-certified plastic surgeons work in collaboration with your counselor and transgender healthcare provider, ensuring that every aspect of your transition is supported. The surgery typically involves breast augmentation through implants and/or fat transfer, carefully planned and executed to achieve a natural-looking breast form that aligns with your body size, shape, and aesthetic aspirations. We want you to achieve a natural-looking breast form that harmonizes with your body size, shape, and the desired aesthetic outcome.

What is MTF Top Surgery?

MTF (Male-to-Female) top surgery refers to a series of surgical procedures aimed at transgender women or transfeminine individuals who seek to align their physical appearance with their gender identity. These procedures aim to create feminine chest contours not just through the enlargement of the breasts but also by reshaping the chest to reflect the individual’s true self and identity. FTM top surgery mainly focuses on removing breast tissue and excess skin to sculpt a chest that has a more masculine appearance.
More than a physical transformation, our plastic surgery for trans women serves as a vital step toward aligning your physical appearance with your gender identity. This transformation is instrumental in enhancing your emotional well-being and quality of life. Through detailed planning and precise execution, we aim to affirm your gender identity, enabling you to live a life that truly reflects your inner self.

MTF Top Surgery Before & After

Who is an Ideal Candidate 

for MTF Top Surgery?

Several criteria are commonly considered to determine if an individual is a good candidate for our MTF top surgery in Michigan. These criteria are designed to ensure that the patient has a positive outcome regarding both physical and psychological well-being. Here’s an overview of the general criteria:
Consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeons, who specialize in transgender care, is essential to assess whether male-to-female top surgery in Michigan is appropriate for an individual and their body type.

MTF Surgery Procedure

The male-to-female (MTF) top surgery in Michigan is a procedure for transgender women and transfeminine individuals designed to craft a chest that aligns more closely with their gender identity through feminization of the chest. Here is an overview of our MTF top surgery in Michigan procedure:
Our process begins with a detailed consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons who has expertise in transgender surgery. This consultation is necessary for discussing your vision and expectations and choosing between breast implants or fat transfer based on your body type, desired outcome, and the surgeon’s recommendation.
Leading up to your surgery, you may need to undergo medical evaluations, adjust certain medications, and quit smoking to ensure optimal healing.
  • Breast Implants

For those opting for implants, our plastic surgeon makes incisions in discreet locations (around the areola, under the breast fold, or through the armpit) to minimize visible scarring. A pocket is then created either under the pectoral muscle or over it but under the breast tissue, where silicone or saline implants are inserted.

  • Fat Transfer

If fat transfer is the chosen method, fat is harvested from another body part, such as the abdomen or thighs, through liposuction. The fat is then processed and injected into the breasts to enhance volume and shape naturally.

Recovery After MTF Top Surgery

Recovering from male-to-female top surgery in Michigan involves careful adherence to post-operative guidelines to ensure optimal outcomes. The initial phase requires rest, pain management, and limited movement to aid healing. Patients are typically recommended to wear compression garments and ensure they attend all subsequent appointments to monitor their recovery process.
In the weeks following surgery, it’s important to gently increase activities as recommended by your plastic surgeon while continuing to care for surgical sites to prevent infection. Swelling and discomfort will gradually reduce, but strenuous activities should still be avoided to protect the healing tissues.
For a seamless recovery, follow your plastic surgeon’s advice closely, stay hydrated, eat nutritiously, and seek support when needed. Each person’s recovery journey is unique, and open communication with our healthcare providers is essential for addressing any concerns.

Benefits of MTF Top Surgery

Our male-to-female top surgery in Michigan offers benefits including:

Cost of Male to Female Top Surgery in Michigan

In Michigan, the cost of MTF (Male-to-Female) top surgery varies significantly based on its complexity and the type of implants used, typically ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 or more. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery understands the importance of financial planning in your transition and offers a range of financing options and flexible payment plans. While direct processing of insurance claims isn’t a service we offer, we can aid you in your reimbursement process by supplying you with detailed invoices for you to present to your insurance company, depending on your specific coverage.
For more information on how we can support your journey and to discuss your options, please reach out to us for a consultation. We’re here to help you take this significant step toward aligning your physical self with your gender identity.
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Your MTF Top Surgery Michigan
at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery

Our skilled board-certified plastic surgeons, experts in transgender surgery, and our modern facilities prioritize your safety and comfort, aiming for outcomes that beautifully align with your identity. Our goal in male-to-female top surgery in Michigan is to achieve results that truly reflect your identity. We offer comprehensive support from pre-surgery counseling to help with navigating insurance, all within a framework of ethical, inclusive care. This commitment establishes a respectful environment where your well-being is always the foremost concern.
Schedule a consultation with us, and let’s discuss how we can support your transformation with care, respect, and expertise. Together, we can make your vision of yourself a reality. We understand the deeply personal nature of gender-affirming surgeries for both trans women and trans men, and our approach is crafted to honor that. Inspired by the high standards of leading institutions like Michigan Medicine for their transgender health services, our surgeries are marked by precision and personalized care. Whether it’s MTF or FTM top surgery, we employ specialized techniques designed to sculpt your chest in a way that mirrors your true gender identity. We will carefully consider breast shape, size, and symmetry, ensuring the outcome is as authentic as yours.

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Whether you’re looking for Dr. Lakin’s expert insight or know exactly what you’re looking for, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.
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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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