Should I Shave my Chest Before Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 31 July 2015

Many patients who are about to undergo cosmetic surgery wonder if they are expected to shave the area in question before the procedure. They feel that it will help their surgeon in the operating room and often indulge in this hair removal without consulting their surgeon or medical expert. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned gesture is actually a bad idea and may cause additional complications following your surgery. The reason for this is simple: when most people shave with a standard razor, they cause microscopic damage to the skin beneath. This damage allows bacteria to penetrate the skin and infiltrate the body. Typically this is not a huge problem as the body’s immune system is able to deal with the occasional infiltrator but, when this is combined with serious surgery, the body has its hands full trying to repair and recover from your procedure. Any extra bacteria that infiltrates the body at…

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 Does BMI Effect your FTM Surgery Eligibility?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 10 Jul 2015

Any time a patient decides to undergo elective surgery, it’s important that they meet certain requirements before their procedure. These requirements are put in place not for selfish reasons on behalf of the doctor or surgeon, but rather to protect the health and well-being of the patient. In order to…

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When Can You Change Your Gender on Government Documents?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 25 Jun 2015

For a long time, changing your gender on government documents across Canada required proof of transitional surgery. More recently, this rule has been dropped to allow those in transition to choose for themselves when is the most appropriate time to officially change their gender. The specific rules and requirements differ…

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LGBT Support Groups Available in Ontario

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 22 Jun 2015

For those who are targets of discrimination, harassment, or abuse, finding a good support group is an important part of their lives. Whether you are new to Ontario, just beginning to question your sexuality, or looking to give back to the community, there are several support groups available throughout Ontario…

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Can Weight Gain After FTM Surgery Cause Breasts to Grow Back?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 10 Jun 2015

A common concern of those who have undergone FTM top surgery – and those who are still considering it – is whether their breast tissue can regrow following the procedure. There are many myths and stories surrounding top surgery, testosterone, and FTM transitioning in general that can make it difficult…

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Can You Get Pec Implants After FTM Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 4 Jun 2015

Achieving the masculine appearance of a broad, firm chest is an important aspect to many people who undergo FTM transitioning. Unfortunately, due to their genetics and body type, not everyone can achieve a toned, muscular chest through hormones and exercise alone. For those unhappy with the shape of their chest,…

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