Some trans and gender diverse people benefit from gender-affirming surgery to create physical characteristics reflective of one’s gender identity or gender expression.
Surgical care may include chest or breast surgery. After you have decided to proceed with surgery, work with your primary care provider to understand the types of surgery and the benefits, complications and risks associated with each. Make sure you take time to understand which surgery is right for you.
The following gender-affirming, upper body surgeries (and any surgical revisions required) are funded by BC Medical Services Plan (MSP):
- Breast construction (breast augmentation) surgery includes implantation of prosthesis to enhance size and shape of breasts.
- Chest construction refers to both chest reduction surgery (procedure to reduce the amount of chest tissue) and full bilateral mastectomy (removal and sculpting of chest tissue to create a flatter and/or more sculpted chest).
These procedures are also known as feminizing surgeries and masculinizing surgeries. To be more inclusive of diverse gender identities, we are using language that focuses on anatomy, treatments and presenting concerns, rather than gender.