Breast Augmentation / Breast Reduction / Breast Enhancement
Breast augmentation/reduction and breast enhancement refer to surgical procedures that alter the size and/or shape of the breast. They are often referred to, along with mastectomy, as top surgery. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that can create breasts where there are none, as well as increase the size of the breast as desired through the use of silicone or saline implants, or through fat transfer. While this can be done at any point in a person’s medical transition, different options may be available depending on how much breast tissue is available. It often takes estrogen about 2 years to develop breasts and can take up to 6 to fully develop.
Breast enhancement is used to describe breast lifting and areola/nipple size alterations. Breast reduction is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of a person’s chest as desired. Some people adjust their chest-related gender presentation by using a binder or breast forms before pursuing the relevant surgery.
e.g. Vic had a breast reduction because their insurance covered it. Shannon got a breast augmentation but had to fight to have her insurance cover it.
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