Facial Feminization Surgeries for More Feminine Facial Features
Surgery performed to transform masculine facial features into feminine ones is known as facial feminization surgery (FFS).
These facial feminization procedures are for people who want to have a more feminine facial look overall, and are also appropriate for cisgender women and gender non-binaries who want more feminine facial characteristics.
Facial Feminization Surgical Procedures
Various operations are used in facial feminization surgery (FFS) to give your face a more feminine appearance.
Depending on your present characteristics and expectations, you may require one or more of the following procedures to achieve your desired results.
- Hairline Advancement
Because it practically frames your entire face, your hairline is an important factor in facial gender confirmation.
Hairline or scalp advancement is appropriate for candidates for facial gender confirmation who have a naturally higher hairline or a wider forehead.
The procedure’s goal is to shorten the distance between the brows and the hairline, move the scalp forward, and change the curve of the hairline.
M shaped hairline is often advanced to create a more feminine C shape. A small incision is made along the natural hairline, and the hair-bearing tissue of the scalp is then brought forward.
Following closure, individual hair follicles may be transplanted to further feminize the curvature of the hairline and create a more natural-looking hairline.
- Cheek Augmentation
Cheek augmentation is used to enhance the appearance of the cheeks, and can be done with the help of fat grafting injections.
- Fat Grafting
Although cheek augmentation can be achieved using facial implants, the fat transfer approach is more suited for patients desiring more subtle, natural-looking modifications to their midface region.This technique involves removing fatty tissue from another part of the patient’s body (often the inner thigh) and injecting it into the cheeks. Fat grafts can improve circulation and regenerate tissue by injecting it and causing the stem cells within it to mobilize.
- Brow Bone Reduction
Brow bone reduction (also referred to as forehead contouring) is the most typical technique that includes removing the front wall of the frontal sinus bone, rebuilding it, and reattaching it.
Alternatives to Brow Bone Reduction
- Brow Lifting
This procedure involves using muscle manipulation or brow skin shifting to raise the brows higher on the face; The forehead can also be tightened through this technique for a youthful appearance.
- Hair Grafting
This method includes taking hair follicles from the back of the scalp and transplanting them along the front of the hairline. A hair grafting treatment can also be used to reduce brow length.
- Tracheal Shave
This treatment is also known as Adam’s apple reduction surgery, thyroid cartilage reduction, or chondrolaryngoplasty, and is performed to lessen the size of the laryngeal prominence, which is positioned in the middle of the throat above the thyroid gland.The thyroid cartilage is removed from the front of the larynx during a tracheal shave.
- Nose Job
Rhinoplasty procedures can be used to reduce the size or nose reshaping and give it a more feminine outline and proportions.Generally, the nose’s dorsum and tip are smaller and the tip is elevated to create nose feminization. The angle between the nose and the forehead are improved by correcting the frontal bossing.
- Eyelid Surgery
A beautiful and feminine appearance is established around the eyes by renewing them, widening the orbits, and making the eyelids appear younger.During this surgery, excess skin or tissue can be cut away.
- Upper Lip Shortening
An upper lip lift, also known as a sub-nasal lip lift, reduces the vertical distance between the top lip and the nose, and can be performed under local anesthetic while you’re awake.
- Chin Implant
A chin implant can be inserted under the skin and soft tissue to enhance the chin. Incisions are done in the lower gums to give the neck a more concave and youthful appearance. Injection and surgery can both be used to achieve the goal, and recovery can take 2 or 3 days.
- Chin Reduction
Some chins require chin reduction surgery; Bone and protrusions are smoothed and shaved away during this operation.The most common way for surgeons to access the chin and jaw is by incisions made inside the mouth, around the gum line.
- Soft Tissue Procedures
This might comprise lip injections, facelifts, eyelifts, and brow lifts.
Preparing for FFS Procedures
Visit a plastic surgeon before undergoing facial feminization surgery. Choose a board-certified surgeon with experience performing the operations.
Depending on your procedure, surgery can take anywhere from 1.5 to 8 hours.
You may require multiple operations; In this instance, you must wait at least 3 months between surgeries to give your body time to heal.
Is FFS Painful?
It fully depends on the patient’s pain threshold and the treatments that were carried out. During the actual facial feminization procedure, you won’t feel anything. Most people report mild discomfort along with swelling, bruising, and inflammation more often than pain.
Results of FFS Procedures
Every patient’s recovery process is unique. Depending on your general health, medical history, and the particular gender-affirming surgeries that were done, a precise time is required for you to properly recover.
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