Facial Feminization Surgery
What is Facial Feminisation Surgery?
Facial Feminisation surgery involves a group of surgical procedures performed simultaneously to achieve a more feminine facial structure. Most commonly, these clusters of surgical procedures is asked by transgenders who would like to have a more feminine facial profile. A male and female face has obvious structural differences. Facial plastic surgical procedures can modify these differences to achieve a more feminine appearance. Some of the areas of the face that needs to be altered to achieve a feminine look involve the angle of the jaw, the chin, the nose, the forehead, the eyebrow, and the hairline.
The angle of the mandible is wider and heavier. This can be reduced and made softer by excising the masseter muscle and shaving the angle of the jaw. The chin is more squarish in males which can be rounded or made sharper with a procedure called genioplasty. The forehead is usually broader in males which can be reduced and along with it, the hairline is also lowered. The eyebrows are usually higher and more arched in females, which can be done along with the forehead reduction. Similarly, the prominent frontal bone can also be reduced to give a more feminine forehead appearance.
How is Facial Feminisation Surgery performed?
The surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are given inside the mouth to reduce the masseter and angle of the jaw to improve on the angles of the jaw. Even the chin is altered with incisions placed inside the mouth. The scarless surgeries improve the lower part of the face by making the jaws softer and rounder. The incision is placed in the hairline, the skin is raised till the eyebrow, the prominent frontal bone is trimmed to reduce the frontal bossing, the skin is excised so that the broader forehead can be reduced and the hairline automatically gets lowered, giving a more female-like upper face. The incisions are closed and sutures removed after 7 to 10 days. Nose shape can be altered with rhinoplasty to give a narrower nose matching the face. The surgeries sometimes may be combined with tracheal shaving to reduce Adam’s apple or prominent thyroid cartilage.
What to expect after a Facial Feminisation surgery?
Facial feminization surgical modifications are an important aspect of gender transition. The surgical procedures like mandibular angle reduction, chin reshaping, reduction of frontal bossing, reducing the height of the forehead, lowering the hairline, eyebrow lift, nose reshaping, cheek augmentation with fat must match the personality. Final results could take about a year to appear. One can expect a total feminine facial profile, camouflaging all the male features. This life-changing group of surgeries can actually help the transgender woman to lead a more comfortable and confident life.
How to go-ahead for the procedure with Dr. Arun once you have decided?
Dr. Arun Panda is a fellowship-trained Facial Cosmetic Surgeon. He is well experienced in various Facial plastic surgeries, Non-surgical Facial aesthetic procedures, and Hair Transplant surgery. His practice is totally dedicated to what he mentions as “creating beautiful faces”!
Facial Feminisation Surgery is a life-changing surgery and needs detailing into each and every aspect of the face. It is quite challenging as it involves multiple procedures and each modification must match the face. Since it completely changes the facial anatomy of an individual, any deviation from expected results could be catastrophic. Patient evaluation is of utmost importance and requires a physical examination, psychological evaluation, investigations like CT scans, etc. Dr. Arun spends a great amount of time explaining the patient the changes in the face which normally is achieved after the surgery. The patient needs to understand the actual achievable results, the various surgeries involved, their recovery process, complications, pros and cons, and other related details of the surgery before going ahead with the investigations and finalizing the surgery.
Statistics (scale of 1 to 10):
Pain factor: 8
Patient satisfaction: 10