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Top surgery recovery: an Asian-American non-binary queer experience. Parts 3 and Part 4 !

We’re interviewing Livvie Lin, 6 weeks after their double incision top surgery, to chat about their experience. This is our Part 3 video in our surgery recovery series as we wanted to increase the visibility of Asian-American queers, especially those who are non-binary.



We’re interviewing Livvie Lin, 6 months after their double incision top surgery, to chat about their experience. This is our Part 4 video in our surgery recovery series as we wanted to increase the visibility of Asian-American queers, especially those who are non-binary.




Top surgery is a gender-affirming surgery option for FTM (female-to-male) and FTN (female-to-neutral) who wish to alter their chests and reduce dysphoria. Some undergo this surgery to have a gender neutral chest and some prefer a more masculine result. This surgery was done with Dr. Scott Mosser in San Francisco, California who is a Bay Area transgender specialist.


--- More about Livvie ---

Livvie's website as a voiceover artist: https://www.livvielin.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/livvielin

IG: https://www.instagram.com/livvielinsta/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCslnZxbKqvZLjNe2zcK7Slw


--- More about Irene ---

IG: https://www.instagram.com/baywellness/

Website: https://www.baywellnesscoaching.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baywellness

--- Nonprofit resources for queer women / gnc / trans folks in California ---

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nqpals

Facebook Group - SF Bay Area focused but open to all: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nqp.sfo/

Facebook Group - Southern California focused but open to all: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nqp.lax/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicequeerpals/

Find company amongst LGBTQ+ friends and queer family. NQP is a grassroots, nonprofit support and social group for LGBTQ+ identified individuals, primarily dedicated for queer women + non-binary folks. They're a project of 501c3 nonprofit Social Good Fund, donations are tax-deductible.


More information about the surgery center: www.genderconfirmation.com


Introduction to Top Surgery: Transmasculine, Transfeminine, and Non-Binary Procedures

At its core, Top Surgery is defined as a variety of procedures which alter the gender-related characteristics of the chest to appear less like the gender identity that the patient was assigned at birth. For transmasculine individuals who were born with bodies that formed breasts, this means significant reduction or removal of breast tissue, which usually results in the chest appearing more masculine. For transfeminine individuals, this usually means a breast augmentation procedure to allow a chest that formed with a male appearance to then achieve the appearance and proportions of a well-developed female chest.


To those within the world of transgender health, the description above is self-evident. However, to others (for example, family members who are not transgender themselves but are expressing support through educating themselves about transgender issues) it might require even further explanation... This gender assigned at birth and gender of identification are not the same for the 1.5 million or more Americans who are transgender.


FTM/N chest reconstruction surgery, also known as “top surgery,” is a solution for transgender men or non-binary transgender people who experience discomfort or dysphoria associated with their chest or who wish to achieve a more masculine appearance by reducing the size of or removing their chest tissue... The relief surgery provides can enhance both your feelings of self-esteem and body confidence... It’s also important to maintain realistic expectations throughout the consultation and surgical process. There are trade-offs and potential complications with nearly every surgical procedure.


Dr. Scott Mosser

San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: (415) 780-1515