Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) comprises a series of surgical techniques that seek to soften and harmonize the different aesthetic sectors of the face, allowing us to identify ourselves as feminine with characteristics that are usually classified as masculine.
Why have facial feminization surgery?
Facial feminization is increasingly sought after by transgender women. Psychologically, it can be considered even more important than the operation of sex change, as it significantly helps the social integration of transgender girls.
The face, with the first sight, gives us the first impression of a person... in that fraction of a second, the brain assigns a gender.
While other parts of the body may be hidden, camouflaged or exaggerated to appear more feminine, it is not always possible to mimic feminine facial features without surgical intervention. For this reason, transsexual people seek this surgery as a way of transforming the face and therefore helping in its social integration. FFS techniques allow us to obtain important cranial and facial changes that are often also desired by women with more prominent male characteristics.
A new concept in feminization: bone sculpture
Worldwide, only a small number of centers specialize in Facial Feminization Surgery. in recent years, the facial skeleton has been treated almost exclusively by maxillofacial or craniofacial surgeons. Improvements in surgical procedures and facial bone complex approaches have led to remarkable results in these two specialties. The ability to transfer these innovative techniques to the CFF field allows us to deal directly with the shape of the bone. The effects of sculpting facial bone are predictable, which guarantees our long-term results.
How to achieve better lasting results?
The soft tissues (skin, fat, muscle) are exposed to numerous changes (muscle contraction and relaxation, fluid retention, loss of elasticity, etc.), which makes it difficult to predict the results of surgery on these tissues in the long term. On the contrary, the facial skeleton is not subject to the same vectors of change as those mentioned above, which means that the surgical modifications will remain unchanged over time. Taking into account this advantage and analyzing the main differences between male and female facial skeletons, we can redefine a human skeleton to achieve a more harmonious and, finally, more feminine face.
Planificación del tratamiento
The key to highly satisfying results at FFS comes after meticulous planning and choosing the right techniques for the patient's needs and desires.
There is no strict protocol as each feminization is unique. The choice of procedures adapted to each type of face will determine the final result. In general, there is a facial area that we will call primary, which is the main focus of feminization surgery. After a facial analysis, it may be recommended to act on secondary areas to optimize the result. Any additional procedure will largely depend on the patient's expectations and careful evaluation by the surgical team. It is important to come to us with clear ideas about the facial areas you would like to modify.
Treatment planning is based on a combination of physical evaluations, x-rays, anthropometric measurements, photographs, art, and most importantly, patient self-evaluation.
Special note from Dr. Captain and Dr. Simon
We advise all patients interested in FFS that the surgical procedures performed in this type of surgery are intended to achieve feminine and natural results, and that they are not intended to change the physiognomy of the face itself or make extreme changes in the face. Therefore, it is essential that patients have realistic expectations about the results of Facial Feminization surgery, which we believe will positively influence recovery and adaptation during this important step in the transition ',' Facial Feminization '.