FTM sex change Buttonhole technique
FTM sex change Buttonhold surgery
The Buttonhole Technique is an ideal FTM Sex Change Surgery procedure for trans men who prioritize nipple-areola size, positioning, sensation and pigmentation. FTM
Popularized by Dr. Theeapong, the Buttonhole Technique enables the removal of larger amounts of breast tissue and skin than the Keyhole and Peri-areolar methods, making it a good choice for medium- and large-chest trans men. Using this new technique, Dr. Thee also re-sizes and re-positions the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) without the additional vertical incisions used with Inverted-T, while preserving appropriate nipple projection and pigmentation, and providing a level of sensation not possible with free nipple grafts.
How It Works: Similar to Double Incision Top Surgery, two horizontal incisions (curved, straight, or oblique) are made at the top and bottom of the pectoral muscle and breast tissue and excess skin are removed. Instead of using free nipple grafts (as in Double Incision) the NAC is re-sized and left attached to nerves and blood supply via a thin dermal pedicle, which preserves sensation.
To re-position the NAC, a circular incision is made in the chest wall at the appropriate locations for male nipples, and the NAC is brought from under the skin through this opening—like a button through a buttonhole—and stitched into place. This approach helps to avoid the extra incisions required by the Inverted-T method.
The result is a masculine looking chest with nipples that retain sensation and pigmentation, have appropriate projection, and have a more natural appearance than free nipple grafts. The Buttonhole Technique also has the potential for fewer complications as it avoids the risks of free nipple graft infection and/or loss.
The cost of Buttonhole Technique Top Surgery is the same as Dr. Thee’s Double Incision surgery: $7000 U.S. 14 day hotel/hospital package After Buttonhole Technique Top Surgery, patients stay in the hospital 3 days.