Some trans people have chest surgery as a gender-affirmation treatment. Chest surgery may decrease dysphoria related to the chest and eliminate the need to bind the chest.
This procedure involves: bilateral mastectomy and chest contouring. There are typically three types of chest surgeries done in BC and the type recommended by the surgeon will depend on the patient's body size and shape, as well as other factors. In all cases, some of the original breast tissue will remain and ongoing monitoring for breast cancer is recommended.
Additional information about chest surgery can be found on the Transgender Health Information Program website: transhealth.phsa.ca