After your top surgery, you’ll want to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible. As you will be quite sensitive following the surgery, you’ll want to make sure that you’re dressing in a way that is comfortable, causes no pain, and promotes recovery. Once you’ve passed recovery, you may also find that you want to dress differently to adjust to the changes in your body.
Here are some tips about dressing after FTM surgery:
1. Wear Your Binder/Compression Garment
Immediately after your surgery, you will be given a binder or compression bandage, along with instructions on how to wear it, and how long to wear it for. A binder helps support the surgical area, prevent fluid buildup, and help swelling and bruising to go down. Since compression is necessary for efficacy, the garment or binder will feel quite tight, especially at first. However, compression is essential for proper recovery and healing.
2. Be Comfortable
During recovery, you should make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Make sure you have loose-fitting, soft clothing that you can wear while you are recovering. You’ll want to avoid anything too restrictive. Different things are comfortable for different people so the important thing is that it feels right to you.
3. Find Your New Style
Many trans men will find that their style changes after FTM surgery. As you adjust to your new body, you may find that certain styles don’t suit you as they did in the past. It can take some time, but you will eventually find that style where you feel good and comfortable. You may want to look online or speak to other trans men for stylish and fashionable advice. It is important to express yourself, and feel confident in what you wear.
4. Focus on Fit
Finding well-fitted clothes is very important, both for comfort and appearance. Trans men sometimes have trouble finding trousers that fit well, as they often have wider hips than what men’s pants are designed for. Many trans men feel most comfortable in straight or slim-legged trousers. However, it’s completely up to you and your preference. Experiment and try new clothes to find your perfect fit.
5. Have Fun
After FTM surgery, you may feel overwhelmed by the adjustments to the lifestyle changes that come with your new body. Try to make finding your new style as a fun challenge, and don’t take it too seriously! It can take some time to find the right outfits, but be patient and trust yourself that it will eventually happen. A support group of trans men who have been through a similar experience can be really helpful during this time. Remember to be comfortable, take pride in your new body, and most importantly express yourself!