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Facts About Facial Feminization Surgery

Facial feminization surgery is a very popular surgery for transwomen offered by the International Center for Transgender Care. Since the face is the first thing that people see, it’s important for the transwoman to feel comfortable with her facial features. Combined with estrogen and anti-androgen therapy, this procedure creates a more feminine face for the transwoman. Transwomen who undergo facial feminization surgery experience increased levels of self-esteem and improved satisfaction with their physical appearance.

Both genetics and the effects of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone play an important part in shaping the face. For the transwoman who went through a male puberty, the face was masculinized which typically includes mild to severe brow bossing, a larger chin and nose, a defined chin/jaw and less-fuller cheeks. Additionally, the forehead is typically longer and straighter. In contrast, the female face includes a shorter and narrower nose, smaller and less-defined chin/jaw areas and a shorter and rounder forehead.

Facial feminization surgery is a set of facial surgeries designed to achieve a more feminine face for the transwoman. This includes forehead shortening, rhinoplasty, cheek implants, chin/jaw reduction and lip lift. In combination, these surgeries create a dramatic difference in achieving a very feminine face.

Facial feminization surgery is a safe procedure, and most transwomen are very happy with their results. During the procedure, the surgeon will make tiny incisions in the treatment area. Because incisions are from the inside and small, scarring is minimal. Forehead shortening is done at the hairline level so any visible scars are minimal and usually fade over time. Swelling is expected after surgery but usually subsides within a few days.

At the International Center for Transgender Care, our surgeons have over twenty years of experience treating transgender patients. Visit us at to schedule a consultation or call us at 469-429-7557. We look forward to assisting you in achieving the very best results for your facial feminization surgery.