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The goal of body masculinization (sometimes referred to as man-sculpting or body masculinization surgery (BMS)) is to take away features from the body that can be viewed as feminine, and replace them with more masculine qualities. A masculine torso is more square-shaped, while a more stereotypical feminine body is hour-glass shaped. Body masculinization can involve a series of procedures including: liposuction of hips, buttocks, abdomen, flanks, waist, and back; abdominoplasty; and pectoral implants or fat grafting to create a more muscular chest. Body masculinization can often times be done at the same time as top surgery.

Surgical Technique

Liposuction is used to restructure feminine contours and voluptuousness, precisely removing fat from various parts of the body to tone the patient’s physique. While every patient is entirely unique and every consultation deeply personal, transferring the traditionally feminine curvature into a masculine physique may mean operating on these areas, as changes here reflect most prominently and tend to be the key differences between the male and female makeup:

  • Upper torso: chest and back
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs: inner and outer

Apart for liposuction, sometimes tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is performed to create a more masculine abdominal contour. Additionally, pectoral implants and/or fat grafting can also be utilized to reconstruct a masculine chest.

During/After Surgery

Body Masculinization is a commonly performed and safe procedure performed in an accredited surgical center or hospital under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia is typically used to ensure safety and patient comfort.

Masculinization procedures on multiple parts of the body can typically be done all at the same time. However, based on patient wishes and recovery time, Dr. Champaneria may also space out the procedures to give your body time to heal between operations. There are multiple ways to time the operations, and Dr. Champaneria will work closely with you to establish a timeline that is safe, personalized, and effective for you. In either case, patients will be carefully walked through any postoperative suggestions and guidelines and be able to get any questions they may have answered so they are confident and comfortable. The surgery usually takes about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the procedure. For the first several weeks, the surgeon will recommend the use of a compression garment and may recommend lymphatic massage. Drains may also be placed at the time of surgery and may need to be managed at home. Following the procedure, patients will experience some bruising and swelling, as well as moderate pain which can be managed by pain medication. The pain should dissipate significantly within 4 to 5 days of surgery, while the bruising and swelling may continue for several weeks depending on the extent of the operation. Patients may go back to work within 7-10 days and may resume physical activities (such as exercise) between 6-8 weeks post-operatively.

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Body Masculinization FAQs

Benefits of body masculinization (BMS)?

  • To fine-tune your physique
  • Increased satisfaction of appearance
  • Greater self-confidence
  • Reduction of the hourglass contour and increasing the masculine squared or V-shape torso

Am I a good candidate for body masculinization (BMS)?

The best candidates for body masculinization surgery are persons 18 years old or older who have a weight that is well proportioned to their frame and who are either non-smokers or persons who can quit smoking for at least 4 weeks before the procedure.

It’s important to be healthy and at a stable weight. If a patient has any significant weight fluctuations post op, they can lead to the need for revisions. It is also highly recommended that you’ve been on masculinizing hormones for at least a year (if testosterone is being used as part of your transition process) since it can affect musculature and fat distribution, which will help to minimize surgical interventions.

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