Top Surgery

Top Surgery - Gender Affirmation

Top surgery, a crucial component of gender affirmation for transgender individuals, involves reshaping the chest to align with one's gender identity. For transmasculine individuals, it typically entails bilateral mastectomy to remove breast tissue, creating a flatter, more masculine chest contour. Transfeminine individuals may undergo breast augmentation to achieve feminine chest proportions. Top surgery plays a pivotal role in alleviating gender dysphoria, enhancing self-confidence, and facilitating alignment between one's physical appearance and gender identity.

Top Surgery Methods

Top surgery methods performed by top surgery surgeons in Denver include mastectomy for transmasculine individuals to create a flatter chest and breast augmentation for transfeminine individuals to enhance chest contour. These procedures are tailored to meet each patient's gender-affirming goals and anatomical needs.


Transmale refers to individuals assigned females at birth who identify as male or part of the male spectrum. These individuals could undergo gender-affirming medical interventions such as hormone therapy and surgeries like chest masculinization (top surgery) to align their physical characteristics with their gender identity. Transmale individuals often experience gender dysphoria related to their assigned sex and seek gender-affirming treatments to alleviate distress and affirm their true gender.


Transfemale refers to individuals assigned male at birth who identify as female or as part of the female spectrum. These individuals could undergo gender-affirming medical interventions such as hormone therapy and surgeries like breast augmentation to align their physical characteristics with their gender identity. Transfemale individuals often experience gender dysphoria related to their assigned sex and seek gender-affirming treatments to alleviate distress and affirm their true gender.

The Benefits of Top Surgery

Enhancing Mental Health

Top surgery by our plastic surgeons in Denver, CO, significantly impacts mental health and well-being. Research shows that individuals who undergo gender-affirming surgeries experience reductions in anxiety, depression, and psychological distress, leading to improved overall mental health outcomes. By alleviating gender dysphoria and enhancing self-esteem, top surgery fosters a greater sense of psychological well-being and resilience.

Boosting Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

For many individuals, top surgery represents a pivotal step towards living authentically and confidently in their gender identity. By achieving a chest that aligns with their affirmed gender, individuals often experience a profound sense of liberation, empowerment, and self-assurance. This newfound confidence can positively impact various aspects of life, including relationships, work, and social interactions.

Promoting Body Positivity and Self-Acceptance

Top surgery promotes body positivity and self-acceptance by enabling individuals to embrace their bodies as a reflection of their true selves. By undergoing surgery to modify their chest, individuals affirm their right to self-determination and bodily autonomy, challenging societal norms and expectations. This process of self-acceptance and self-love fosters a deeper connection with one's body and identity, promoting overall well-being and fulfillment.

Facilitating Social Integration and Acceptance

Top surgery plays a crucial role in facilitating social integration and acceptance for transgender and non-binary individuals. By aligning physical appearance with gender identity, top surgery enables individuals to live more authentically and openly, reducing the risk of discrimination, harassment, and social exclusion. This increased visibility and authenticity contribute to greater societal acceptance and understanding of diverse gender identities.

Empowering Personal Growth and Authenticity

Ultimately, top surgery empowers individuals to embrace their authentic selves and live on their own terms. By affirming their gender identity through surgical means, individuals reclaim agency over their bodies and narratives, fostering personal growth, resilience, and empowerment. This journey of self-discovery and authenticity enables individuals to live fulfilling and meaningful lives, free from the constraints of societal norms and expectations. Call us to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Candidates for top surgery are transgender or non-binary individuals who have undergone hormone therapy and wish to align their physical appearance with their gender identity. It's essential to consult with a qualified surgeon to determine candidacy based on individual health and personal goals.

The healing process following top surgery can take several months, with noticeable improvement in swelling and bruising within the first few weeks. However, complete healing and final results may take up to a year or more, depending on individual healing factors.

Preparation for top surgery involves following your surgeon's preoperative instructions, which could include lifestyle modifications, medication adjustments, and arranging for postoperative care. It is also essential to communicate openly with your healthcare team and address any concerns you may have before surgery.

Yes, top surgery can be combined with other gender-affirming procedures, such as facial feminization or body contouring, to achieve comprehensive gender affirmation. Your surgeon can discuss the possibility of combining procedures during the consultation.

During the consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your medical history, discuss your goals and concerns, and conduct a physical examination to determine your most suitable surgical approach. They will also explain the procedure, potential risks, and expected outcomes to help you make an informed decision.

"Each woman has a different ideal and her own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results."
- Joyce Aycock, MD

Top surgery is a transformative procedure that plays a crucial role in the gender affirmation journey for transgender and non-binary individuals. Our experienced team specializes in top surgery, providing compassionate care and tailored treatment plans to help you achieve your desired masculine or feminine chest. Whether you're considering chest masculinization or breast augmentation, we're here to support you every step of the way. Visit Joyce Aycock MD at 36 Steele Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80206, or call (720) 634-7400 to discuss your goals, explore your options, and transform toward a body that aligns with your true identity. Your journey to self-discovery and authenticity starts here; let us help you realize the confident, empowered version of yourself you've always envisioned.

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