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. Lazaro Cardenas evaluates the patient and determines which areas need attention. He consults with the patient and agrees upon a set of appropriate FFS procedures from an extensive 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. Many 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.
Facial Feminization Procedures
A higher hairline leads to a taller and more masculine forehead. FFS Hairline Advancement by Dr. Lazaro Cardenas can reduce the size of the forehead by lowering the hairline. This is usually done along with forehead remodeling and an eyebrow lift.
A masculine forehead typically projects outward more than a rounder feminine forehead. Forehead Bone Remodeling by Dr. Lazaro Cardenas helps to mitigate this issue with both Type III and conventional contouring approaches.
Higher eyebrows are often seen a youthful and feminine. In addition, it helps the forehead to appear smaller since the distance between the hairline and eyebrows is less. Dr. Cardenas usually performs this procedure with forehead remodeling.
Cis-females tend to have smaller noses than men with more narrow nasal bases and a less prominent nasal bridge. Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” by Dr. Cardenas and his wife, Dr. Teresa Guerrero, helps to feminize the nose.
Fuller and more noticeable cheeks can contribute to a feminine look. With this in mind, Dr. Lazaro Cardenas can deploy either silicone cheek implants or grafts using the patient’s own fat.
Dr. Cardenas uses this procedure to reduce the distance between the nose and the upper lip. This allows for more visibility of the upper teeth and is considered to be a more feminine trait.
In addition to having more space between the nose and upper lip, masculine lips are frequently thinner. To address this part of the equation, Dr. Cardenas helps the lips appear fuller by using fat injections.
A larger, wider, and squarer chin is typically considered to be more masculine. Dr. Cardenas has multiple techniques in his toolbox to alter the chin’s contours so that they appear softer, rounder, and more feminine.
Among all of the facial features that can be seen as masculine, a large Adam’s Apple can perhaps be the most obvious. Dr. Cardenas can greatly reduce the projection from the trachea by using a burring technique.
Hair transplant surgery plays an important role in FFS. Dr. Rafael Arenas can help create a lower hairline when advancement alone is not enough. This procedure can also help cover any remaining signs of scarring from previous hairline procedures.
A facelift is not usually considered to be part of FFS. But, for patients with sagging facial skin, Dr. Cardenas can include a facelift so that the new, more feminine contours aren’t obscured behind loose tissues and skin.