Procedures Included in a Facial Feminization Surgery
While each patient has unique desires as it relates to FFS, there are some typical procedures. These procedures all seek to give your face a softer, more traditionally feminine appearance and could potentially involve both soft and bony tissue surgeries on and around the face, neck, and thyroid cartilage.
Adam’s Apple Reduction
Also known as a Tracheal Shave, Thyroplasty, or Thyroid Cartilage Reduction, this is a common procedure and involves reducing the size of the Adam’s Apple while protecting the vocal cords and structural support of the neck.
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Brow Bone Reduction
In this procedure, the forehead and area around the eyes are reshaped to open the eyes and create a more feminine brow shape. Most patients require a type 3 brow bone reduction where the thin bone over the frontal sinus is carefully removed, the forehead and orbital rims are reshaped, and the brow bone is reattached with tiny plates and screws. Brow reduction is one of the most common and powerfully feminizing steps in FFS.
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This procedure brings the hair-bearing tissue of the scalp forward to lower and round the hairline. This creates not only a more feminine hairline, but also a more feminine facial shape and more feminine facial proportions are achieved. This procedure is often performed in combination with a brow bone reduction and brow lift.
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Creating fuller and feminine-looking cheeks can be accomplished with cheek implants, a fat graft from somewhere else on your body, or injectable fillers. Augmentation with implants is completed through a small incision in the mouth, and is a great way to permanently achieve a fuller, more feminine cheek. Fat grafting can achieve similar results that last decades and can also be used in other areas of the face, like lips. Even the longest-lasting injectable dermal fillers will be gone in two years, but they may have a role in patients who cannot have surgery or who may want to see the changes before committing to a permanent change.
Cheek augmentation procedure options:
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