Facial Feminization Surgery
We believe everyone deserves to be able to look in the mirror and see who they truly are, feeling the fulfillment of knowing you are looking at the real you. That is why Dr. Jonathan Sykes is proud to offer his patients facial feminization surgery in Beverly Hills. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon specializing in facial procedures, he delivers balanced results that can bring out your best and boost his patients’ sense of being who they were meant to be.
What Is Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS)?
Facial feminization surgery (FFS) is a procedure that combines one or more surgeries to adjust facial features toward a more feminine appearance. Each procedure is designed to further enhance the face’s feminine features, combining to provide a result more aligned with each patient’s perception of who they are and their core identity.
- Forehead Procedures
- Hairline Adjustment
- Nose Procedures (Rhinoplasty)
- Cheek Augmentation
- Lip Lift
- Chin and Jaw Procedures
- Soft Tissue Procedures
Choosing the Right Surgeon
Dr. Jonathan Sykes served as the director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center for over three decades and has performed tens of thousands of procedures in his career. His mission is to continue providing the highest quality of facial procedures to help patients unlock an appearance that truly resonates with their ideal self.
What are the risks of facial feminization surgery?
The most serious risks of facial feminization surgery are the same as any surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia for an extended period of time. There is always a risk of an adverse reaction. This is rare, however, and your surgeon will order pre-operative tests to make sure that you are in good enough general health to undergo surgery.
The other risks of facial feminization surgery can be reduced simply by selecting the best surgeon for the procedure. Scarring, blood clots, implant infection, suture rupture, nerve damage, and facial asymmetry are less likely to occur if you choose a practitioner with plenty of experience and a proven track record of success in performing the surgery. That said, you should always feel comfortable discussing the risks and complications with your doctor so you can make an informed decision, and be aware that all surgeries contain some element of risk.
What are typical procedures in facial feminization surgery?
Advancing the hairline by moving it further down the forehead (forehead reduction) can have a dramatically feminizing effect on the face.
Rhinoplasty to reduce the size of the nose and reshape it is a common procedure in facial feminization surgery.
Shaving the lower jaw bone or repositioning it can reduce the width and angularity of a masculine-looking jaw. Buccal fat removal is also a great option for those seeking a slimmer and more contoured jawline.
Lifting the eyebrows to a higher position on the face helps counteract the masculinizing effect of a deep or furrowed brow, and reduces telltale signs of aging like forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Bringing the upper lip closer to the bottom of the nose makes the lower half of the face look younger and more feminine.
A facelift is usually performed during facial feminization, as it makes the face appear less bottom-heavy and more heart-shaped.
What Is the Procedure Like?
The Recovery Process
Is Facial Feminization Surgery Right for Me?
The ideal candidate will be in overall good health and not smoking before or after the procedures so as not to interfere with healing. It is also important to approach the procedure from a healthy standpoint with the right expectations. Dr. Sykes will fully discuss with every patient the procedures in depth, so you can know what can and cannot be achieved safely. Contact us today to set up your consultation and get started on seeing if you can be a candidate for facial feminization surgery.
Are there non-surgical facial feminization procedures?
Yes. If you’re wary about going under the knife, talk to your practitioner about non- or minimally-invasive cosmetic options like injectable fillers, Botulinum Toxin, and ThreadLift procedures. There are many ways to achieve facial feminization without undergoing surgery, though most methods require repeat treatments to maintain the desired effect. Commonly, clients seeking non-surgical feminization opt for injectable fillers in the cheeks and lips, Botulinum Toxin to narrow the jawline, eyebrow reshaping, hair transplants, and facial hair removal. While surgery will produce more dramatic and permanent results, there are plenty of ways to achieve a more feminine look that don’t require general anesthesia or lengthy recovery times.
Do I need a facial feminization plastic surgeon near me?
Patients should expect to travel to an expert facial feminization plastic surgeon. Because there are only a handful of expert plastic surgeons in the country, patients should expect to travel to a location like Beverly Hills for their procedure.
How much does facial feminization surgery cost?
The cost of facial feminization surgery varies considerably based on where you have it done, who you have it done by, and how many procedures are involved in the surgery. Unfortunately, facial feminization surgery is usually not covered by insurance, but many surgeons offer financing options. In the U.S., facial feminization surgery usually costs anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000+ out-of-pocket. Your surgeon will give you a more detailed estimate following your initial consultation, and you may choose to forgo certain suggested procedures in order to keep costs down, if necessary.