FFS PROCEDURES

Facial Feminization Surgery Procedures

 

Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) is a set of procedures performed in order to feminize and soften the facial features that are typically associated with the male gender.  To achieve a more feminine face, Dr. Cardenas evaluates the patient and determines which areas need attention.  He then selects the appropriate FFS procedures from a rather long list of available options.

The forehead is one of the more common areas that needs attention and more than one surgical approach is available.  The hairline is frequently lowered and the eyebrows often raised – all via the same incision used to access the bone structure of the forehead.

Other procedures focus on the size, projection, and shape of the nose, chin, and jaw.  Some of our FFS patients need a tracheal shave to reduce the visibility of the Adam’s Apple.  Adding cheek implants or infiltrating fat to the cheeks can add a nice feminine touch for many patients while procedures for the lips are also common.

Click on the procedure links on this page to learn more about these and other FFS procedures.

Type III Forehead Bone Reconstruction

Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) most often includes work on the forehead and we receive frequent questions about it.  In this post, we’ll address how Dr. Cardenas performs Type III Forehead Bone Reconstruction which is one of the available procedures for forehead feminization. To begin, we must consider what a feminine forehead is and how it differs from a masculine forehead.  A male forehead typically has more outward projection than a female forehead.  This boney projection is comprised...

Video-Feminization of the Forehead

In our last post, we explained how Type III Forehead Bone Reconstruction is done. Today, we’re going to move several steps forward and share a video that we prepared which shows both conventional forehead bone contouring and Type III reconstruction being performed by Dr. Cardenas. WARNING: THIS VIDEO DEPICTS GRAPHIC SCENES OF FACIAL FEMINIZATION SURGERY. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM VIEWING IT UNLESS YOU KNOW YOU CAN HANDLE IT. If you would prefer to read a description of how the procedure is done,...

When should you reserve your feminization surgery with Dr. Cardenas?

If you or someone you love is transitioning, then Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) is probably near the top of the list of topics on your radar.  Feminization of the Physique and Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS / GRS) may also competing for your attention.  The purpose of this post is to address some of the common planning questions that we receive on a regular basis. If you’ve just begun your journey, you may wonder if taking hormones is a pre-requisite for FFS.  Although it is not a...

Safety of Surgery Abroad

Every now and then, a story hits the national news in the United States which describes a surgery gone wrong in Mexico or in some other country. Such was the case when friends started forwarding us a story a few days ago about a patient that died in Texas following surgery at a border hospital in northern Mexico. This type of tragedy involving a medical tourist is rare but quickly hits the national news in the United States. The fact is that many Americans still believe that the U.S. health...

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