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I'm transexual and this page is to help me raise the money i need to reach the next stage in my transition which is top surgery. I know money is very tight right now and I hate asking for Donations.I see that I can't do this on my own.Since Surgery is about $6,900.Of course medical doesn't pay for this.All Donations will go strictly to my Surgery expenses and related expenses. There isn't any specific amount you can donate. Everything helps and all adds up. Thanx It's greatly appreciated.

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Double incision/Bilateral mastectomy The double incision technique...



Double incision/Bilateral mastectomy
The double incision technique is effective for individuals with a medium to large amount of breast tissue (cup size C and above, often also recommended for cup size B). In this method, large incisions are made horizontally across each breast, usually below the nipple. The skin is then peeled back so that the mammary glands and fatty tissue can be removed with a scalpel. The muscles of the chest are not touched. Certain areas of harder-to-reach fatty tissue may also be removed via liposuction (such as areas near the armpits). Once the breast tissue has been removed, the excess chest skin is trimmed and the incisions closed, leaving two seams/scars just below the line of the pectoral muscles.

The techniques for treatment and placement of the nipples with the double incision method vary among different surgeons. Usually, the original nipples are completely removed, trimmed to a smaller size, and are then grafted onto the chest in a higher, more aesthetically-male location. Some surgeons use a "pedicle" technique, wherein the nipples are left partially attached to the body via a stalk of tissue. They are then repositioned in a more aesthetically-male location, while their connection to the body via the pedicle stalk remains intact. They may or may not be trimmed to a smaller size. The pedicle option is sometimes chosen in an attempt to maintain sensation in the nipples.

Occasionally, some surgeons may choose not to preserve or graft the nipples in any way, but this is a far less common option. If, for some reason, the nipples cannot be retained during the procedure, or if the nipple grafts are lost because of tissue death, there is an option of tattooing "nipples" onto the chest at a later date, which can have an aesthetically satisfactory outcome. Be sure to discuss clearly with your surgeon the methods he or she will be using for nipple placement/grafting.

Before the incisions are sealed, two "drains" consisting of long, thin tubing are placed along the length of each incision. The drain tubing exits the body through a small incision hole under each armpit, and is attached to a small plastic bulb on either side. The tubing/bulbs are to help drain off and collect excess blood/fluid so that it will not build up under the skin. They are left in place for several days to a week, depending on how much fluid continues to drain. Drains need to be periodically emptied of fluid by the patient (you may need a friend to help with this).

The surgery itself takes about 3 to 4 hours, and is done under general anesthesia. It is most often done on an outpatient basis, where the surgery is performed in the morning and the patient is sent home by mid-afternoon. Some surgeons may require an overnight stay. There are usually at least two post-surgical follow-up visits to remove drains and sutures (usually within the first week or so), and to check the overall healing progress of the chest. If there are complications, more follow-up visits may be necessary. A binder is usually worn for one to three weeks to aid in healing.

Each surgeon will provide specific instructions about follow-up care and healing time. In general, if you have a desk job, you'll probably need at least a couple of weeks off from work to allow for the body to heal. If your job requires moderate or heavy lifting, or frequent raising of the arms above the head, you'll probably need at least a month or two away from those heavy-lifting tasks. Speak to your surgeon about specific tasks and concerns. Do not try to go back to tasks before your body has had a chance to heal properly; the risk of scarring and complications is greatly increased if adequate healing time is not allowed.

The final result of the surgery usually provides for a well-contoured male chest, but it leaves two significant horizontal or U-shaped scars below the pectoral area. Examples of double incision surgery can be viewed at www.transbucket.com.

Potential pros for the double incision method:

For guys with big chests, this is the method that provides the best results for a male-contoured chest.
Scars, while large, are placed under the lower border of the pectoral muscles, so that muscle development in that area can make them slightly less noticeable. Chest hair growth with testosterone therapy may also cover the appearance of scars.
This method provides for easier access to and removal of all mammary tissue, as compared to the keyhole procedure.
Proper repositioning and resizing of nipples makes for a more male-looking chest.
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