Facial Feminization Surgery

Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) is a set of procedures performed in order to feminize and soften the facial features that are typically associated with the male gender.  To achieve a more feminine face, the surgeon evaluates the patient and determines which areas need attention.  The surgeon selects the appropriate FFS procedures from a rather long list of available options.

The forehead is one of the more common areas that needs attention and more than one surgical approach is available.  The hairline is frequently lowered and the eyebrows often raised – all via the same incision used to access the bone structure of the forehead.

Other procedures focus on the size, projection, and shape of the nose, chin, and jaw.  Some of our FFS patients need a tracheal shave to reduce the visibility of the Adam’s Apple.  Adding cheek implants or infiltrating fat to the cheeks can add a nice feminine touch for many patients while procedures for the lips are also common.

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The forehead is another area where we find significant differences between the sexes. Males quite often have a larger and more pronounced forehead.

Because the average male nose is wider and larger than the average female nose, Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job” is often included in the list of recommended Facial Feminization procedures.

In order to provide a more feminine look for the lips, a couple of procedures are available as part of your Facial Feminization Surgery. Surgeons recommend a lip lift for some patients and lip filer for others, see what options could work for you. 

A conversation about feminine facial features is hardly complete without an honorable mention for the cheeks. Just as the chiseled jaw is the realm of the man, cheeky cheeks belong to the female.

The laryngeal prominence, or the “Adam’s Apple” as most know it, is certainly one of the common physical features that society associates with the male gender. 

The surgereon reduce the cartilage in the throat to make the shape more feminine.

Masculine eyebrows are usually set lower than those of a woman.  It is for this reason that many Facial Feminization patients undergo a brow lift, sometimes called a forehead lift, it is commonly performed in conjunction with a brow bone contouring.

This surgery is performed to lower the hairline, reduce the height of the forehead and correct the normal male temple recession to give a more rounded female hairline. 

Many F.F.S. patients end up undergoing surgical procedures of the chin and jaw. The reason for this is clear – changes to these areas are often needed in order to reduce their masculine appearance.

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Why Choose A Plastic Surgeon With Craniomaxillofacial Training For Your FFS?

Most plastic surgeons are capable of performing soft tissue procedures, however, for a successful and long-lasting facial gender confirmation surgery result, bone work on the facial skeleton needs to be performed by a highly skilled surgeon with craniofacial training. We believe that only surgeons cross-trained in both general plastic surgery and craniofacial and orthognathic (jaw) surgery should perform FFS. Needless to say, your surgeon must also have the keen eye of an artist and a deep appreciation of facial aesthetic harmony.