Breast Surgery for Gender Reassignment
Our surgeons are experts in transforming bodies which makes North Bristol Private Hospital the ideal place for your breast surgery as part of gender reassignment surgery.Book a Consultation Today
On this page we look at:
- How we can help with your gender reassignment journey
- Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital?
- The latest advice on breast implants
How we can help with your gender reassignment journey
Your first step is an in-depth consultation and assessment with one of our world-class surgeons. You will receive the best advice available about the most appropriate surgery to achieve your goals and together we will work towards making you feel great about yourself.
After you have had time to reflect on your conversation with your surgeon and on the advice given you will have a second consultation. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and once you are completely confident, your surgery will be scheduled.
Your surgery and aftercare will take place in our state-of-the-art hospital with surgical and nursing staff who are dedicated to making you feel comfortable and delivering great results.
Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital for your surgery?
We offer world-class breast surgery to patients in Bristol and the South West. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities. You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within 8 weeks of your first contact with us.
We know that surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you we can make you feel more confident and reduce any anxiety you may have.
If you stay overnight, you receive care from your own dedicated nurse in our luxurious in-patient ward. We can provide an all-female surgical and nursing team if this would make you more comfortable.
If your relatives accompany you, they will be able to find high-quality overnight accommodation nearby.
The latest advice on breast implants
Since December 2018, regulatory bodies in many countries have made statements about breast implants after some negative publicity about the possible effects of implants on health.
The research data is inconclusive and has been interpreted differently by different countries. No country has advised that women with implants have them removed or replaced as a precautionary measure.
However, breast implants are not designed to be lifelong products and will need to be replaced at some point.
The Breast and Cosmetic Implant register (BCIR) collects breast implant data about patients in England and Scotland. The MHRA has a reporting system to gather and analyse information in the UK and is linked to data compiled by public health organisations in other countries.
The most recent advice from MHRA on BIA-ALCL was updated on the 4th of April 2019.
Frequently asked questions
We can provide surgery for female-to-male transition and breast implants with or without expanders for male-to-female transition. Both procedures are performed under general anaesthetic and will require at least one night in hospital.
North Bristol Private Hospital provides a personalised and stress-free environment for patients. The facility’s unique design allows for only three bespoke overnight stay rooms, so you are guaranteed privacy and individual care when you recover after your surgery.
After surgery, you will be cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our comfortable in-patient ward. Our excellent aftercare and calm, safe surroundings makes for quicker healing.
You will be checked by your surgeon before leaving and will receive detailed instructions about how to care for yourself at home. You can discuss any issues at your regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon. You can also phone us after your discharge if you are concerned or have any questions.
At North Bristol Private Hospital, the excellence of our surgical team ensures that complications are very rare; however, all surgical procedures carry risks.
Bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring, implant displacement or rupture are all possible after this surgery.
All these risks will be explained thoroughly at your consultations with your surgeon, and you will be asked to sign a detailed consent form.
You will need complete rest for 48 hours after surgery. We advise our patients to take four weeks off work and to avoid even moderate exercise for the same period. This includes sports, gym workouts, hoovering, driving, and dog walking. Your surgeon will advise you when you can start exercise for your lower body and, later, when more strenuous activities can be resumed.
Most patients find that their scars have faded after a year.
It is normal to feel some discomfort after any surgery. You are unlikely to feel pain for an extended period unless you experience complications, but pain relief is always available. If you have had implants, your breasts will feel tight at first but this feeling will gradually disappear.
The aim of this surgery is to create a masculine-shaped chest rather than a reduced breast size and the scars will be horizontal. Our surgeons use liposuction and skin tightening to ensure a smooth and sculpted result.
Round or teardrop-shaped implants are available and both give stunning results. Your surgeon will discuss which shape and size are best for your body.
Different manufacturers use different materials for the outer shell and the filling. In the European Union, 95% of implants are filled with silicone gel and only 5% with saline or other fillers.
We only use the best implants available. Mentor Silicone Gel-Filled Breast implants have silicone elastomer shells. They are filled with MemoryGel, Mentor’s own silicone gel.
You will know exactly what to expect after the surgery as your surgeon will have thoroughly discussed your outcomes based on your body shape and size at your pre-surgical consultation.
We think these discussions are the key to patient satisfaction as your expectations will be realistic and you will be delighted with your results.
Gender reassignment surgery is a big step, and we would need to liaise with your GP and other health professionals involved in your care before performing breast surgery. Patients must be over 18, provide confirmation of a diagnosis of gender dysphoria including a letter from a qualified mental health professional and be free of any acute medical health concerns. Most of our patients have been living in their preferred gender role for at least 12 months and are receiving therapy.