Some of us are born with physical features that perfectly align with our gender identity. Others are not so lucky. For those who wish for a more feminine facial appearance, surgical intervention may be a necessary step. We are proud to offer facial feminization surgery (FFS), and specifically male to female facial feminization surgery, at Eos Rejuvenation.
Our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Nima, has provided facial rejuvenation for countless patients in the greater Beverly Hills area, helping them achieve vibrant and youthful features. Dr. Nima likewise has the experience needed to help patients achieve a more classically feminine look, as desired.
What is Male to Female Facial Feminization Surgery?
At the most basic level, FFS, also known as gender affirming surgery, is simply a suite of surgical procedures designed to soften or feminize features that may look more masculine. The specifics can vary from patient to patient, depending on their existing facial structures as well as their personal aesthetic goals.
More precisely, FFS can encompass both maxillofacial and plastic surgery techniques. These techniques are used to bring balance to excessively prominent or underdeveloped features in order to make the face appear more feminine. The procedures involved in FFS may alter such facial structures as the nose, the jawbone, or soft tissues.
Am I a Good Candidate for FFS?
Often, FFS is sought out by patients who identify as women despite being assigned male at birth (AMAB). Through FFS, our hope is that these patients will feel more comfortable in their own skin.
However, it is worth noting that FFS is actually available to anyone, not just those in male-to-female gender transition. In fact, Eos Rejuvenation provides FFS procedures to many cisgender and gender-fluid individuals. Essentially, anyone who wishes to modify or soften their facial features may be a good candidate for FFS.
The best way to find out whether FFS can help you achieve your aesthetic goals is to join us for a consultation, where Dr. Nima will be happy to qualify you further and answer any questions you may have about FFS procedures.
Meet Your Facial Plastic Surgeon
Our practice founder, Dr. Nima Shemirani, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, credentialed by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Focusing solely on reconstructive procedures for the face, head, and neck, Dr. Nima has performed more than 6,000 procedures for patients in the Beverly Hills community.
Dr. Nima is known not only for compassionate care but also for his commitment to advanced surgical techniques and technologies. To make an appointment with Dr. Nima, we invite you to contact Eos Rejuvenation at any time.
What Surgeries are Involved in FFS?
One of the most important things to understand about FFS or gender affirming surgery is that it is not a cookie-cutter procedure. The specifics may vary from one patient to the next, and the first step in the process is always consulting with Dr. Nima to develop an individualized treatment plan. This plan will specify the number, type, and extent of the surgical procedures required to help you achieve your desired facial appearance.
Often, FFS will encompass maxillofacial procedures; that is, surgical interventions to help reshape some of the bony structures of the face. Some of the maxillofacial procedures involved in FFS might include:
- Brow reduction
- Jaw reduction or jaw reshaping
- Chin reconstruction or contouring
Facial Cosmetic Procedures
Additionally, many FFS patients will require surgery to modify soft tissues in their facial areas. Some examples of these facial cosmetic procedures include:
Other Procedures Used in FFS
Additionally, Dr. Nima may recommend any of the following procedures to help patients achieve their specific goals:
- Rhinoplasty (nose job)
- Tracheal shave (reduction of the Adam’s Apple)
- Hairline feminization (this may involve a hair transplant or lowering)
Again, the best way to get a more specific recommendation is to meet with Dr. Nima for a one-on-one consultation.
What are the Advantages of Having Multiple Surgeries at Once?
One question that we often hear is whether it is really advantageous to have multiple procedures done in a single session, which is often the goal of FFS.
Generally speaking, getting these different procedures done at one time, under the same course of anesthesia, is a smart move. It reduces the total cost of your surgical intervention, lowers anesthesia-related risks, and also minimizes your recovery time. In short, it is much more convenient to have these procedures done at one time rather than scheduling multiple procedures, followed by multiple recovery times.
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of FFS?
Something else our patients wonder about is whether their health insurance will help with the cost of FFS or gender affirming surgery.
Historically, insurers have viewed FFS as purely cosmetic, without a medical necessity, and thus have not provided any coverage. However, more and more insurance plans are coming around to the importance of this procedure and may offer coverage. We always advise checking with your insurance company before scheduling a procedure.
Also, be sure to check out the flexible financing options that we offer to our patients here at Eos Rejuvenation.
Recovery from FFS: What is the Process?
Following your procedure, you will inevitably need to give your body plenty of time to rest and recover. The specific timeline for your recovery can vary quite a bit, just depending on the specific procedures you get. Dr. Nima can offer a more precise set of expectations and also talk with you about managing discomfort and swelling. This is typically done with either OTC or prescription pain medications.
Seek Facial Feminization Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA
If you have longed for facial features that appear more classically feminine in nature, we invite you to consider FFS. Dr. Nima, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, has ample experience in helping patients achieve the facial appearance of their dreams. We welcome you to make an appointment with Dr. Nima here at our Beverly Hills practice.
To schedule a consultation, reach out to Eos Rejuvenation at your next opportunity.