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Non-Binary Top Surgery

What is Non-Binary Top Surgery?

Non-binary top surgery is a tailored approach to chest reconstruction or modification designed for individuals who identify as non-binary, genderqueer, or under the broader transgender spectrum, aiming for a chest appearance that aligns with their unique gender identity. Dr. Kristopher M. Day at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, WA, understands the diverse needs of non-binary individuals and offers customized surgical plans to achieve outcomes that resonate with each person’s identity and goals.


The process with Dr. Day involves:

  • Individualized Consultation: Dr. Day places significant emphasis on understanding each patient’s aspirations and concerns, ensuring the surgical plan reflects the individual’s desired aesthetic and identity.
  • Tailored Surgical Techniques: Depending on the patient’s goals, Dr. Day may utilize various surgical techniques, potentially drawing from both traditional male and female chest reconstruction methods, to create a chest that feels authentic to the patient’s gender expression.
  • Informed Consent and Support: Dr. Day and his team ensure patients are fully informed about the surgery’s potential outcomes, risks, and the recovery process, providing comprehensive support throughout the journey.

Choosing a surgeon like Dr. Day, who is experienced in gender-affirming procedures and sensitive to the needs of non-binary individuals, is crucial for those considering non-binary top surgery. His expertise ensures that the procedure is not only about physical transformation but also about affirming and validating each patient’s identity.

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Good Candidates for Non-Binary Top Surgery

Good candidates for non-binary top surgery are those who, under the care of Dr. Kristopher M. Day at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, seek to alter their chest in a way that better reflects their gender identity, which may not conform to traditional male or female norms. Ideal candidates for Dr. Day’s approach to non-binary top surgery include:

  1. Individuals with Clear Goals: Dr. Day works with patients who have a specific vision for their chest that aligns with their non-binary identity, helping them achieve a look that feels true to themselves.

  2. Those in Good Physical Health: Suitable candidates for surgery with Dr. Day are in overall good health, which is essential for reducing surgical risks and aiding recovery.

  3. People with Realistic Expectations: Dr. Day ensures that his patients understand what the surgery can and cannot achieve, helping them set realistic expectations for the outcome.

  4. Emotionally Prepared Individuals: Recognizing the significant nature of this surgery, Dr. Day looks for candidates who are emotionally ready for the changes and have support systems in place for their journey.

  5. Well-Informed Patients: Dr. Day values informed consent and makes sure his patients are fully educated about the procedure, including potential risks and the recovery process.

  6. Legally Consenting Individuals: Candidates must be of legal age to consent to the surgery or have appropriate parental or guardian consent in accordance with local laws.

Dr. Day’s expertise in gender-affirming procedures ensures that candidates for non-binary top surgery receive personalized care tailored to their unique needs and goals, providing a supportive and understanding environment for their transformative journey.

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What to Expect During Non-Binary Top Surgery

During non-binary top surgery with Dr. Kristopher M. Day, the procedure is tailored to your individual goals for gender expression. After anesthesia is administered for comfort, Dr. Day will perform the surgery using techniques that may include breast tissue removal, chest contouring, or fat redistribution to achieve a chest appearance that aligns with your non-binary identity. The specifics of the surgery, including the incisions and techniques used, are determined during your pre-surgical consultations with Dr. Day, ensuring the procedure aligns with your desired aesthetic outcomes.


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Recovering from Non-Binary Top Surgery

Recovery from non-binary top surgery under the care of Dr. Kristopher M. Day involves a gradual healing process, with key expectations including:

  • Immediate Post-Operative Period: Initial recovery involves rest and limited movement to allow for healing. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with medications prescribed by Dr. Day.

  • Care of Surgical Sites: Dr. Day will provide instructions for caring for incisions, including cleaning and dressing changes, to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection.

  • Activity Restrictions: You’ll be advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a period, typically several weeks, to prevent strain on healing tissues. Dr. Day will guide when it’s safe to resume various activities.

  • Follow-Up Appointments: Scheduled visits with Dr. Day are crucial to monitor your recovery, remove sutures if necessary, and address any concerns you might have.

  • Swelling and Healing: Swelling is expected and will gradually subside over weeks to months. As healing progresses, the final shape and appearance of the chest will become more apparent.

  • Emotional Adjustments: The physical changes can also bring emotional adjustments. Support from friends, family, or support groups can be beneficial during this time.

Dr. Day and his team at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery are committed to supporting you throughout the recovery process, ensuring you are comfortable and informed at every stage of your healing journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions About a Non-Binary Top Surgery

Before this procedure, your Bellevue plastic surgeon, Dr. Kris Day, may advise you to stop smoking, avoid alcohol, and refrain from taking certain medications. You should also set up transportation to and from our surgical center in Bellevue.

Just like most procedures, non-binary top surgery comes with risks. These include anesthesia complications, lost or reduced sensation, and failed nipple graft. Fortunately, these risks are rare when the surgery is performed by a highly skilled Bellevue plastic surgeon like Dr. Day.

Your new chest will become more noticeable as your body goes through the healing process. In most cases, it takes approximately three months for the final results to appear.

If you’re taking hormone therapy, Dr. Day will advise you whether you need to stop it or continue. It all depends on your particular situation and the type of hormone therapy in question.