Female to Male FAQ | Mastectomy
- Can I undergo a mastectomy even if I am not taking masculinizing hormones?
- Will I be able to pierce my nipples after my surgery?
- Do you do chest contouring with the mastectomy?
- Can I have a mastectomy without a nipple graft?
- Am I entitled to corrective surgery in the event of a healing problem or unsatisfactory results?
1. Can I undergo a mastectomy even if I am not taking masculinizing hormones?
Yes, it is not necessary, unless you are between 16 and 18 years old. In this situation, you will need to be on hormone therapy for a continuous period of at least 1 year before the procedure.
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2. Will I be able to pierce my nipples after my surgery?
We recommend to never pierce the operated area as this may damage the sensitivity of the nipples. If you still wish to have a piercing despite the risk, please wait at least 9-12 months after surgery.Back to top
3. Do you do chest contouring with the mastectomy?
Double incision mastectomy offered at GrS Montreal consist in the removal of all the breast tissue as well as redundant skin, in order to give flat chest. As the incisions follow the lower line of the pectoral muscle, it will give a more masculine aspect to the torso, which is considered as a small contouring. However, excess of fatty and skin tissue located on the back and under the arms will not be removed during mastectomy. Feel free to discuss with our team during the analysis of your file if you would like to pay for additional surgical services.Back to top
4. Can I have a mastectomy without a nipple graft?
It is not mandatory to resort to nipple grafting during double incision mastectomy. Do not hesitate to specify this wish during the analysis of your file as well as to your surgeon the morning of the intervention.Back to top
5. Am I entitled to corrective surgery in the event of a healing problem or unsatisfactory results?
In the event of a request for corrective surgery, our team will be able to assess your request and the surgeon will give you his instructions. However, it is important to know that corrective surgeries that do not meet the eligibility criteria of the ministries will not be covered by the program in your province.Back to top