The term facial feminization and masculinization surgery refers to a number of procedures that can be performed to transform the face for a softer, more feminine appearance or an angular, more masculine appearance, respectively. The World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH) has adopted facial feminization and masculinization surgery as both medically necessary and essential to the well-being of transgender individuals. In a 2008 report, the WPATH stated, “these surgical interventions are often of greater practical significance in the patient’s daily life than reconstruction of the genitals.”
Why Patients Trust Dr. Ellis for Facial Feminization and Masculinization
Dr. Ellis can perform traditional cosmetic procedures with the goal of making facial features appear more masculine or feminine. His unique training in craniofacial surgery and cosmetic surgery allow him to offer the full range of transformative surgery to help you achieve your final aesthetic goals. There are several areas in the face that are commonly addressed during consultation. Dr. Ellis will design a treatment plan that may include the hairline, forehead, eyebrow, eyelids, cheeks, lips, jaw structure, neckline and Adam’s apple (thyroid cartilage).
Office-based solutions like the use of Botox, fillers, hair removal and skin resurfacing can help achieve a patient’s desired outcome. However, true transformation may require surgical solutions that combine an understanding of how gender and ethnicity interplay.
Generally, facial feminization combines procedures to add volume to the midface/cheeks and soften angular areas of the face including the jawline and lower forehead. Rhinoplasty is a common procedure that can smoothen the nasal dorsum, narrow nasal width and refine the tip. Masculinization surgeries often include facial implants or formal jaw surgery to add definition and added proportion to the lower face.
In the Division of Plastic Surgery at Northwestern, we understand that the decision to undergo gender confirmation surgery is very personal, and we will protect your privacy throughout the consultation, surgery and postoperative phases.