I had double-incision mastectomy + free nipple-grafts with Dr. Raphael at the American Institute for Plastic Surgery in Plano, Texas on August, 18 2010, and I really couldn’t be happier with the results.
You hear a LOT out in the trans-interwebs about Dr. Garramone in Sunrise, Florida, and his work certainly speaks for itself; he’s clearly a very talented surgeon. However, Florida is a preeeetty far jaunt for most people (unless you’re from FL, of course), and travel expenses for a full week, PLUS surgery costs, can definitely add-up. There are other options —GREAT options— and Dr. Garramone isn’t the only top-surgery-genius out there helping us with this important step.
Especially for you, Texas/Southern guys – Dr. Raphael is conveniently located in the DFW metroplex here in North Texas. He and his staff have impeccable bedside manner and are very educated regarding trans-issues; from using preferred name/pronouns in your file (even prior to legal changes) to being sensitive to possible chest dysphoria concerns during pre-op appointments.
Another AMAZING thing about surgery with Dr. Raphael was the fact that he’s worked-out a double-incision technique that completely eliminates the need for post-op drains (Halle-freakin-lujah). NO drains, people. Now, THAT is genius, my friends. I can’t TELL you how important that was for me; it really made my recovery a (relative) breeze! All I had to deal with (other than eating/taking my meds, sleeping and staying comfy) was changing the maxi-pads that were (somewhat ironically) used as dressings along my incisions and keeping my chest properly compressed to manage the swelling… Eeeasy-breezy, yo!
My surgery cost fell somewhere in the median range ($6750.00) and that covered the all surgery costs for a double-incision mastectomy, the nipple-grafts and a bit of additional liposuction along each side of my chest. I financed through CareCredit.
You can contact Dr. Raphael’s office at: (972) 543-2477 or use their contact page.
I’m not affiliated in any way with the American Institute for Plastic Surgery or Dr. Raphael. I’m just a VERY happy patient.
If anyone has any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!