Generally speaking, FTM top surgery will not affect your ability to engage in physical activities like weightlifting. However, there are some things to keep in mind during your recovery period.

  • Avoid lifting anything heavier than 5 pounds for the first few weeks after surgery. This is to minimize the risk of complications such as bleeding or infection.
  • Gradually increase the weight you lift as you heal. You should be able to resume your normal weightlifting routine within 6-8 weeks after surgery.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when you need them. If you feel pain, stop lifting and rest.
  • Warm up before lifting and cool down afterwards. This will help to prevent injuries.

If you have any concerns about your ability to engage in physical activities after FTM top surgery, you should talk to your surgeon. They can give you specific instructions for your recovery and help you to make a safe and gradual return to your normal routine.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

  • The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) website:
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website:
  • The Trevor Project:

FTM top surgery should not significantly impact your ability to engage in physical activities like weightlifting. In fact, many individuals find that FTM top surgery enhances their ability to participate in physical activities comfortably and confidently. Here are some important considerations:

  1. Recovery Period: Following FTM top surgery, there will be a recovery period during which you will need to limit strenuous physical activities. Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines regarding the duration of the recovery period and when you can gradually resume physical activities.
  2. Healing and Scar Maturation: It takes time for your body to heal and for scars to mature after FTM top surgery. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding scar care and gradually reintroduce physical activities to minimize the risk of complications and optimize healing.
  3. Individual Variation: Every individual’s healing process is unique, and the rate at which you can resume physical activities may vary. It’s important to listen to your body, take it slow, and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts based on your comfort and healing progress.
  4. Proper Technique and Form: When you resume weightlifting or other physical activities, it’s important to use proper technique and form to avoid straining the chest muscles and causing undue stress on the surgical site. Consulting with a fitness professional or trainer experienced in working with individuals who have undergone FTM top surgery can be helpful to ensure proper technique and safe progression.
  5. Supportive Gear: Using supportive gear, such as a well-fitted sports bra or compression garment, can provide additional support and comfort during physical activities. Your surgeon may recommend specific garments or provide guidelines for appropriate support.

It’s important to have open and ongoing communication with your surgical team, including your surgeon, throughout the recovery period and beyond. They can provide guidance, monitor your healing progress, and address any specific concerns or limitations related to physical activities. Following their recommendations and listening to your body will help you safely engage in physical activities like weightlifting after FTM top surgery.