Your surgeon will help you determine which options are best suited to your desires, and whether one procedure will be adequate or if several procedures are recommended and in what order.
What is Facial Feminization Surgery?
Facial feminization surgery can include a fairly broad range of procedures, depending upon the patient’s initial facial appearance, such as changes in the jawline, forehead, lips, cheeks, and chin. For example, the lips and cheekbones can be enlarged, the hairline can be adjusted to create a smaller forehead, and the jaw and chin can be resized. For some patients, a facelift is an option that works for them with or without the other adjustments.
Is Facial Feminization Surgery Right For You?
Because facial feminizing surgery is an individualized procedure, tailored to the individual, it’s important that you undergo surgery to fulfill yourself, rather than trying to fit into an ideal image.
It’s equally important that you meet the following criteria:
- You are of age to give consent.
- You have realistic expectations of the outcome.
- You have been living as a member of your desired sex.
- Any medical or mental health concerns must be well-controlled.
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Your Facial Feminization Consultation
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, your private consultation at our Miami cosmetic surgery practice is your opportunity to ask any questions you have about your FFS surgical journey. Your cosmetic surgeon will review your medical history, ask about any medications that you take (including supplements, since some of them can contribute to excess bleeding), and provide a fee schedule for your convenience. Your patient coordinator will also share information about financing if you want to budget your facial feminization surgery, as well as our convenient payment plans.
They will ask you about your surgical goals, and your transition progress and process to date. Your surgeon will examine your face and take measurements of the size and contour of your facial structures, as well as evaluating the quality of your skin. Photographs may be taken to provide detailed anatomical information. They will discuss the likely outcome of your facial feminization procedure based on the above information so that you can make an educated decision before moving forward.
Are you an out-of-town patient? We offer free virtual video consultations to give you the estimate for your procedure and answer all your questions. Our patient coordinators can help you with all travel arrangements to come to Miami for your cosmetic surgery.
The Facial Feminization Procedure
Facial feminization surgery is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. It is based upon your personal physical characteristics, measurements, and goals. As noted above, it may include contouring of the forehead, cheek and/or lip augmentation, rhinoplasty, jaw reduction, chin surgery and reduction of your Adam’s Apple. With rare exception, these procedures require general anesthesia.
Recovery after Facial Feminization Surgery
At the conclusion of your facial feminization procedure, bandages will be applied over the sutured incisions and, depending upon the procedure that was done, a support bandage or garment may also be applied to minimize swelling. Depending upon the procedure(s) chosen, temporary drainage tubes may be placed beneath the skin. You will be instructed about caring for your surgical site(s), about pain management, and how to care for any drains that may have been inserted. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled as well for as long as 6 months after surgery to ensure proper healing and scarring. Of course, if you have any concerns, we encourage you to call our Miami cosmetic surgery office at 786-713-1588.
It is normal to expect discomfort, redness, and swelling in your face, especially around the nose, jaw, chin, and eyes. It is important to avoid any strenuous exercise, lifting, or other physical exertion for at least a month. If you smoke, you must stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery and for one month following surgery. Your surgeon will let you know when you can begin exercising during your follow-up appointment.
Eating after your surgery may be challenging for a few days to over a week. We encourage you to take care to get enough nutrition during your recovery time, as a healthy diet is essential for a good recovery.
Results of Facial Feminization Surgery
The results of lip augmentation, forehead contouring, jaw reduction, chin surgery and cheek augmentation are apparent once the swelling has faded. In the case of rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), however, final results may not be visible for months or even a year.