Body contouring is a procedure that alters the shape of different areas of the body. In the context of female-to-male (FTM) transition, body contouring often refers to procedures aimed at creating a more typically masculine appearance.
While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with testosterone can lead to some changes in body fat distribution and muscle development, some individuals may desire or benefit from surgical procedures to further masculinize their body shape.
One of the most common body contouring procedures for transgender men is chest reconstruction, also known as “top surgery.” This involves removing breast tissue and reshaping the chest to a more typically male appearance.
Liposuction or lipofilling could also be used in some cases to alter the distribution of fat, such as reducing the size of the hips or buttocks or enhancing the appearance of the pectoral muscles.
Before-and-after photos of these types of procedures are often available on the websites of surgeons who specialize in transgender healthcare. However, be aware that results can vary widely based on individual factors, including body size and shape, age, and overall health.
Also, please remember that not all transgender individuals choose or are able to pursue these procedures, and a person’s transition can be valid and successful regardless of whether they have had any form of body contouring surgery. Consulting with healthcare providers experienced in transgender healthcare can help individuals understand their options and make decisions that are best for them.