Facial feminization surgery is a procedure that alters the appearance of an individual’s face to make it more feminine. The goal is often to create a softer, rounder, and more youthful female facial structure by altering structures including the brow bone, cheekbone, chin, and nose. The specific techniques used depend on what needs correcting to achieve the desired results.
Dr. Edmund Kwan of the New York City area is pleased to offer facial feminization surgery to patients. This procedure can be done alone or as part of a more extensive transgender surgical procedure such as male-to-female gender reassignment surgery (also known as sex reassignment surgery). Below are some of the more commonly asked questions about this surgery that our team can answer:
What is facial feminization surgery?
Facial feminization surgery (FFS) is a surgical procedure that can help any women, transgender, or a man achieve a more feminine appearance. FFS includes a variety of surgeries that are combined to achieve the patient’s unique goals and may include a brow lift, rhinoplasty, Forehead contouring, Cheek reduction, Jaw reduction, chin contouring, and lip enhancement.
What are the benefits of facial feminization surgery?
FFS can help transgender women achieve a more feminine appearance, leading to increased self-esteem and confidence. It is an elective procedure that is not covered by medical insurance. It ensures patients feel more comfortable in their own skin as they transition from a man to a woman.
What procedures may be performed for facial feminization surgery?
A combination of procedures may be considered when designing a series of treatments to help patients reach their facial enhancement goals. Below are just some of the surgeries that may be included in a patient’s customized treatment plan:
- Cheek augmentation
- Lip surgery
- Forehead contouring
- Chin surgery
- Jaw reduction
- Tracheal shave
- Soft tissue surgery
What is the recovery time for facial feminization surgery?
The recovery time for FFS varies depending on the individual surgery. Generally, the recovery time is between two and four weeks.
How much does facial feminization surgery cost?
The cost of FFS varies depending on the surgeries the patient will undergo. Some patients will require more surgeries than others, raising the overall cost. Combining surgeries can reduce the cost and help with healing, requiring less time off of work and social activities if more than one treatment is performed at the same surgery.
Who is a good candidate for facial feminization surgery?
FFS is a good option for anyone women who want to achieve a more feminine appearance. Facial feminization surgery is not recommended for everyone, and candidates should discuss their options with our qualified surgeon.
Is there any risk associated with facial feminization surgery?
There are always some risks associated with any type of surgery. However, the risks associated with facial feminization surgery are low and typically include minor complications, including swelling, bruising, and scarring. Infection is always a possibility, which is why patients must follow their doctor’s post-operative care instructions to reduce these risks and ensure proper healing and recovery.
How do I learn more about facial feminization surgery?
Edmund Kwan, M.D. has three convenient locations throughout the areas of NYC (Manhattan), Flushing, and New Jersey. Call (212) 734-4442 to request an appointment at the practice closest to you to discuss this and other facial and body surgeries available at his practice. He is open to new and returning patients in the area who are ready to enhance their appearance!