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I’ve been waiting a very long time to post any personal transition-related information or photos. I think it’s time now! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m 25-years-old and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been on testosterone for about a year and 4 months and I am mighty hairy. (I’ve come to terms with it haha.)
My surgery was with Dr. Garramone on May 6th, 2013 and this is my chest today. I took such great care of my scars after surgery. I used Scarguard for a while but found it annoying because it always flaked. After I gave up on Scarguard, I used various other products such as scaraway and bio oil, after hearing such great things about them from other transguys. Soon, I noticed that my scars got harder instead of softer and became more raised instead of remaining flat.
The conclusion I finally came to is that my surgery incisions became keloid scars. It had nothing to do with my aftercare, and everything to do with my own body and genetics. I still feel upset about my results (not with Garramone at all — he did his job wonderfully). 
I began seeing a fantastic dermatologist who has been injecting cortisone into my scars, which has dramatically increased their flatness. And I have been continuing to use scar cream to attempt to lighten them. 
It felt important to share this with other ftms who have had top surgery because people tend to share their beautiful results, and not their less desired ones. I love seeing everyone’s amazing flat chests, but I feel less represented in the post-op trans world as someone with intense visible scarring. I am told, my scars will continue to fade over time, but I’m not very hopeful. I’ve reorganized my expectations and am trying to appreciate the body I have now. 
Thanks for reading! I’m open about most things, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions <3 
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xbarbrastreisandx:

I’ve been waiting a very long time to post any personal transition-related information or photos. I think it’s time now! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m 25-years-old and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been on testosterone for about a year and 4 months and I am mighty hairy. (I’ve come to terms with it haha.)

My surgery was with Dr. Garramone on May 6th, 2013 and this is my chest today. I took such great care of my scars after surgery. I used Scarguard for a while but found it annoying because it always flaked. After I gave up on Scarguard, I used various other products such as scaraway and bio oil, after hearing such great things about them from other transguys. Soon, I noticed that my scars got harder instead of softer and became more raised instead of remaining flat.

The conclusion I finally came to is that my surgery incisions became keloid scars. It had nothing to do with my aftercare, and everything to do with my own body and genetics. I still feel upset about my results (not with Garramone at all — he did his job wonderfully). 

I began seeing a fantastic dermatologist who has been injecting cortisone into my scars, which has dramatically increased their flatness. And I have been continuing to use scar cream to attempt to lighten them. 

It felt important to share this with other ftms who have had top surgery because people tend to share their beautiful results, and not their less desired ones. I love seeing everyone’s amazing flat chests, but I feel less represented in the post-op trans world as someone with intense visible scarring. I am told, my scars will continue to fade over time, but I’m not very hopeful. I’ve reorganized my expectations and am trying to appreciate the body I have now. 

Thanks for reading! I’m open about most things, so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions <3 

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