Charlie's Transition Blog

Finding my way out of Neverland

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yourvulcan asked: I'm so happy for you that you got to go out and have fun at the beach! You look great and most importantly, happy. Have a great day. :)

Thank you! You too :)

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Behind the scenes of shooting a gender pronouns educational video for Trans Youth Speaks L.A. I’ll be posting it in a couple weeks!

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Anonymous asked: I'm not a ftm or even LGBT, but the doctor who did your top surgery did an IMPECCABLE job. Simply marvelous. Sincerely, MedStudent.

Thank you! Dr. Bartlett is a fantastic surgeon.

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Anonymous asked: I know dr Bartett went through your old incisions, so out of curiosity did you also have your nipple/areola complex resized or was that left alone? Thanks!

It was left alone! I just always had really tiny nipples, haha.

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Anonymous asked: Good luck dealing with the hematoma. I hope Dr. Bartlett is able to help you resolve it and heal well.

Thank you! Dr. Bartlett has been very helpful and I’m being treated for it currently. He is quite optimistic that with draining and time there won’t be a need for a follow up surgery, so that’s good news.

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Anonymous asked: What made you pick Dr. Bartlett?

I picked Dr. Bartlett, primarily, because I looked at examples of his work on his website and saw that he did really good work. I also went with him because he accepts insurance. His office was very responsive to me when I emailed them expressing interest in him as a surgeon, and I was certain I would go with him after my first consult.

He and his entire staff were extremely nice and respectful, and he seemed very knowledgeable and confident as a doctor without being arrogant. He also had a long history of performing peri-aereolar breast reductions on cis boys before he started work with trans patients, so I knew he had a lot of experience.

I would definitely recommend him as a surgeon.

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Anonymous asked: I know you said that you're surgical technique was unique, but could you explain more about how it was performed? Did you not have any "droop" with your pre-op chest/were you very small? Because I'm amazed at how well your skin retracted given the limited incision technique. (I've also seen someone with similar incision patterns from Dr. Medalie, so FYI other surgeons may do it too.)

I was born with a condition called pectus excavatum—a caved-in sternum. I had it repaired surgically when I was little with a bar that was put in my chest and later removed, like this:

My top surgeon went in through those old incisions and removed all the gland and then did lipo. 

I had a very small chest, 32A. I didn’t have droop, and my skin elasticity is really good because I never actually used a binder, just sports bras. I just lucked out, genetically (although not entirely because my chest caved back in, though not as severely, and it is visible. I can half-disguise it as defined chest muscle as long as I stay fit, though).

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