FFS or facial feminization surgery is performed to help trans women achieve a more delicate, refined and feminine appearance.
Facial Feminization Surgery or FFS is a vital component of the overall gender transition process. The are a number of classically male features involving the face that once addressed, allow the face to take on a much more female appearance. As a craniofacial surgeon, New Jersey based plastic surgeon Robert Morin MD FACS has an enormous amount of experience reconstructing and redesigning both the bones and the soft tissue of the face. Dr. Morin uses the complex craniofacial techniques he learned during his fellowship in order reshape the structure of the face during his gender-confirming surgeries. Dr. Morin is sensitive to his transitioning patient’s needs and concerns. Combining his surgical expertise with his compassionate personality, Dr. Morin is able to provide his patients with beautiful, feminine results.
Facial feminization surgery, also known as “FFS,” is the term used to describe a number of complex surgical procedures designed to alter the gender appearance of the face. These procedures are used in order to soften the masculine appearance of a genetically male face in order to create a more feminine look. FFS procedures are a vital part of the overall male to female transition process. Sensitive to his patient’s needs, Dr. Morin completely understands the goals of facial feminization. By carefully listening to his patients, he is able to help them create a more accurate version of themselves.
To modify the existing masculine face, Dr. Morin combines a complex array of plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery techniques in order to make male facial features softer, gentler and more feminine. Every patient’s unique surgical plan is highly individualized based on your specific aesthetic goals and concerns. Dr. Morin works closely with his patients in order to ensure high quality and safe results. Facial feminization surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia in order to ensure maximum patient comfort. During your initial consultation, Dr. Morin will explore in detail all of the latest surgical options available and design a unique surgical plan to fit your aesthetic goals.
Procedures and targeted areas typically involved in facial feminization surgery include:
FFS surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and patients who undergo facial feminization surgery generally go home the same day. Dr. Morin and his attentive staff will review all pre and post-op recovery care instructions in detail in order to help achieve as quick and pain free a recovery as possible. The amount of swelling and the time required before returning to work and other activities depend on the number and types of procedures performed. Follow-up appointments will be made periodically so Dr. Morin can assess your progress and ensure your healing is progressing as expected. As with any surgical procedure, incisions will be required. However, many of the incisions used in FFS are placed on the inside of the mouth. These incisions will therefore not be noticeable. Any skin incisions are skillfully and strategically placed in order to be as inconspicuous as possible.
The term “facial feminization” is used to describe a set of procedures that help soften a patient’s features in order to create a more feminine appearance. The procedures used vary from one individual’s case to another depending on the patient’s specific anatomy, goals, and desires. As a result, the price of the entire treatment will vary. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon and craniofacial surgeon in order to arrange either an in-person or virtual consultation.
Men and women have distinct anatomic features that we perceive as belonging to either the masculine or feminine gender. Facial feminization surgery (FFS) aims to alter the shape and contour of the face in order to create a more feminine appearance. Common areas addressed include the nose, forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, chin, jawline, lips and neck. Dr. Morin often says that FFS is a combination of craniofacial surgery and rhinoplasty. As a fellowship-trained craniofacial surgeon and an expert at rhinoplasty, Dr. Robert Morin is in the unique position to provide the highest quality of facial feminization surgery available today.
A feminizing rhinoplasty is one of the most important aspects of facial feminization surgery. Other procedures that make a significant difference in appearance include: forehead bone reduction, browlift, hairline advancement, narrowing of the mandible, cheek augmentation, genioplasty and tracheal shave.
The discomfort experienced during facial feminization surgery recovery depends on the exact procedures performed. Dr. Morin creates a personalized action plan and goes over the details with all of his patients before the procedure to help them make an informed decision. Most patients experience a relatively mild amount of pain that can generally be managed with a short course of pain medication taken by mouth.
Because facial feminization surgery usually includes two or more procedures, the total surgical time can be up to 6 hours. If additional procedures are required beyond what can be accomplished in 6 hours, additional surgery could be required in the future. In general, we do not plan elective surgical procedures that we know will take longer than 6 hours.
It is absolutely possible to include a tracheal shave as part of facial feminization surgery. In order to set realistic expectations, discuss your goals with Dr. Morin during your in-person or virtual consultation.