For minors under the age of 18, top surgery is typically not covered by health insurance. Although breast reduction surgery might be a covered option. Minors can have top surgery with parental consent and a letter of support from a therapist. If you decide to private pay for the surgery, you can expect to pay about $6,000-$8,500. For those over the age of 18, top surgery coverage depends on your insurance. Medicaid covers top surgery in many states. Check here Medicaid Coverage for Transgender Health. Top surgery is an outpatient procedure- meaning it will not require an overnight hospital stay.

What you will need…

Go ahead and fill the prescriptions for pain meds before the surgery. Also buy a stool softener because the pain meds will likely cause constipation. Buy baby wipes and dry shampoo because showering will not be allowed for a while. Prepare a place to rest at home with several pillows because you will have to sleep on your back for a while. Pack a pillow or blankets for the ride home from the hospital. The pillow can be placed between the seat belt and chest to cushion the area. You should wear comfortable pants like sweatpants or other elastic waisted pants to the hospital. Wear a zippered hoodie or a baggy button up shirt because after top surgery you will not be able to raise your arms above shoulder height for a while. Buy foods like jello and soup for the first day or two since some people feel a little nauseous. After surgery, you will need a lot of rest and may also need pain medications around the clock. You may also need help to the bathroom if the pain meds make you dizzy. The first couple of days are the hardest. After a week, everything is much better. Your surgeon will probably recommend a scar cream. Keep those scars hidden from the sun for at least a year.

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