top surgery

noun

plural top surgeries
: a type of gender confirmation surgery in which a person's breasts are removed or augmented to align with their gender identity
… a transgender man who had recently undergone top surgery to feel more comfortable in his own body.Christy Kuesel
Steps in his transition from female to male include top surgery for breast removal, as well as receiving testosterone.Schuyler Bailar
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Examples of top surgery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After identifying as male from the age of twelve, receiving testosterone, and getting top surgery, Cole de-transitioned to female at sixteen and is now one of the country’s foremost youth advocates of bans on gender-transition treatment for minors. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 Doctors can also underestimate the necessity of top surgery. H Conley, STAT, 2 June 2023 After a successful top surgery, Dr. Keith recommended scar healing tape for aftercare, but Jadis soon realized that would not work for him. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2023 Surgery really is not done under the age of 18, except in severe cases, usually top surgery for trans masculine persons. CBS News, 23 July 2023 Then in a powerful statement on Instagram, the Juno star came out as transgender in December 2020, one month after having top surgery. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 6 June 2023 In the three years between 2019 and 2021, about 780 trans people age 13 to 17 years old received top surgery nationwide, while fewer than 60 got genital surgery, according to an analysis of insurance claims by Reuters. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 30 June 2023 Related: Studies show top surgery is safe for fat patients, but some surgeons still mandate weight loss It’s used to assess surgery eligibility as well. Elaine Chen, STAT, 16 June 2023 Courtesy of Scott Percy In addition to typical powerlifting training, Percy offers services specifically tailored to transmasculine people, such as pre- and post-op chest training for clients who are undergoing top surgery. Ro White, Men's Health, 6 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of top surgery was in 1992

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“Top surgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top%20surgery. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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