Masculinization surgery is a set of cosmetic procedures designed to create a more masculine appearance by transforming certain body characteristics that are traditionally perceived as being feminine. At Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald has worked with many patients who sought masculinization surgery for a wide variety of reasons. Among those who may be interested in this type of surgery are females who are transitioning to males, transgender and gender-neutral individuals, females who identify as males, and men who are interested in addressing certain body characteristics that are often associated with females.
Because it can be difficult (or impossible) to eliminate naturally feminine body curves through diet and exercise, or to continually conceal them with clothing, masculinization surgery can be an important and transformative step for many patients in the Tampa, FL, area. Dr. Greenwald believes that there are four essential components to a successful outcome: establishing realistic expectations, maintaining the overall proportions of a patient’s face and body, preserving a patient’s natural ethnic characteristics, and striving for a result that is both natural- and healthy-looking.
A masculinization surgery treatment plan may include:
- Mastectomy to remove all breast tissue and reposition the nipples and areolas
- Breast contouring to reshape and flatten the breast tissue
- Pectoral implants to masculinize the chest
- Liposuction to remove small pockets of fat from targeted areas of the body, such as the abdomen, back, hips, thighs, and buttocks, in order to minimize feminine curves and create a more streamlined and traditionally male appearance
- A thigh lift to address “saddlebags” (which develop more often in females than males)
- Facial bone contouring
In addition to these cosmetic masculinization surgery procedures, some patients may elect to undergo irreversible female-to-male gender reassignment surgery. This might include metoidioplasty (altering the clitoris to create a small phallus); phalloplasty (creation of a penis); vaginectomy, hysterectomy, and oophorectomy (removal of the vagina, uterus, and ovaries, respectively); and scrotoplasty (creation of a scrotal sac).
Patients can feel confident when they entrust their masculinization surgery to Dr. Greenwald, who can help them begin their post-surgery lives with a new sense of confidence and well-being. To learn more and schedule a consultation at our office in Tampa, FL, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery by calling 1-888-840-3199.