Realistically, not everyone can go to Garramone. Some cannot afford him, some don’t even live in the same country as him. His work is fantastic, but is not an option for most.
Initially, I didn’t even think about going to him. This was before I was out to most people in my life. I had planned to go to Hugh Mclean in Mississauga. I had planned to make the trip up there, get surgery, and immediately come back. Thank god I didn’t. My body didn’t respond well to surgery…so I would have been screwed.
There aren’t many Canadian doctors that perform reconstructive surgery. There are public options but I didn’t really like the results I saw.
Eventually, I started to think about going to Garramone. But really…it would have cost me an extra 2 grand to go and get surgery from him…I would not have my parents with me.
When the topic came up in my therapy sessions, my doctor showed me our local plastic surgeon. His results were fantastic and were almost identical to Garramone’s. He was much cheaper than I anticipated.
I chose him. He was fantastic throughout every complication I had…and even came to visit me. I think very highly of him.
The problem I noticed with people romanticizing Garramone was that they weren’t taking into account their body type.
The results that are often posted concerning his work are mostly guys that are skinny and muscular. These videos receive the highest hits on Youtube. Why? Because they are the epitome of masculinity. These guys pass, are muscular, and attractive. Granted there are outliers, guys who are just skinny, and even overweight guys.
But I noticed that his results tend to look the same. The scars and nipple placement. Even on bigger guys…which didn’t sit well with me. I am not knocking anyone’s chest. I thought that if I went in, my results would not look right.
The doctor who performed my surgery had done guys in similar size to me.
I am not a huge guy by any means. I’m 5’11 and around 200 lbs.
I was lucky enough to find a doctor who worked with his patients bodies and almost identical results to go to Garramone.
I didn’t need a designer chest. I didn’t have tunnel vision..I looked at what was practical. I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg to have my chest reconstructed and I didn’t want to have to travel.
I think what bothers me a little is people not doing research in their own area and getting tunnel vision. These people are the ones that set up chip-in accounts.
I will always believe this “just because you are trans…does not mean that you are owed a chest surgery” Society does not owe you anything.
If people actually did their own research they would probably find a doctor in their area, for cheaper, with similar results.
Realistically, not everyone can afford 6,500 + travelling expenses + food + hotel. (which is roughly his new rate)
I understand wanting to have the best results possible. I really do. No one wants to be unhappy with their results.
But Garramone isn’t your only option.
Don’t go booking something you cannot pay.
If you are able to afford Garramone, fantastic! I wish you all the luck with surgery. Here is hoping you don’t have the nasty complications I had.
But, if you haven’t done research, booked your surgery, and don’t even have half the money to pony up for it. I really don’t have any sympathy to toss your way.
There are affordable options. Ask your therapist. Do your research. It’s really not as hard to find a good surgeon as many think it is.
there are a lot of plastic surgeons that can do chest reconstructive surgery. if they do men’s chest and they can give women bigger boobs. why can’t they make the chest more masculine?
they can, depending on the surgeon. there are plastic surgeons who will be willing to try. it is called cosmetic surgery for a reason. it is not so different from any other procedures they do.
yea yea dr. G specializes in double incisions, but not everyone wants to get double incisions. google, therapist, friends, look around. i know someone on facebook who got his chest reconstructed just under 5 grand from a local plastic surgeon and this one did key hole procedure. not a trans specialist but a plastic surgeon nonetheless.