Creating harmony between the inner and outer self
If you find that when you look in the mirror you are not seeing the person you feel yourself to be on the inside, facial masculinization surgery may be able to confirm your gender identity and help you to feel more confident and secure about your appearance. This in turn has tremendous social, psychological, emotional, personal and professional benefits that can truly improve your overall quality of life.
What is facial masculinization?
Facial masculinization surgery (FMS) involves a series of procedures to create more masculine features. In general, a masculine face tends to be broader, with much of the emphasis on a “strong” jaw, chin, forehead, and brow. These procedures can help to strengthen the jawline, give more definition to the chin, fortify the nasal contours, and reshape the cheeks and the forehead. Transmen, nonbinary individuals, and gender diverse patients seeking to masculinize their image will find FMS offers compelling and rewarding results that will help to affirm gender identity and expression.
Facial masculinization surgery may include...
- Forehead lengthening
- Forehead contouring
- Brow bone enhancement with implants or fat grafting
- Cheek contouring with implants or fat grafting
- Face and neck liposuction
- Removal of fat from cheeks
- Lip augmentation
- Chin enhancement with genioplasty, fat grafting, or implants
- Jawline contouring
- Mandible implants or fat grafting to help widen the jaw
- Creation of an Adam’s apple (thyroid cartilage enhancement)
- Hair transplantation
What are the advantages of facial masculinization surgery?
- Improved congruence between your inner and outer self
- Enhanced self-confidence and quality of life
- More masculine facial structures
- Improved definition in the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, jaw and neck
- Natural-looking results
Who is a good candidate?
FTM clients who wish to optimize their image and confirm their gender identity will be excellent candidates for facial masculinization, provided they are physically and mentally healthy. Surgery should only be performed for your own personal reasons, and not to please others or conform with societal standards. A realistic and individualized approach based on your private consultation with our team will serve you best in moving forward.
The best candidates for surgery…
- Are seeking more masculine facial features
- Are old enough to provide informed consent
- Have thoroughly researched the procedure and have attended a consultation
- Have suffered with persistent gender dysphoria
- Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
- Have any medical, mental or social issues under control
What does recovery entail?
Following surgery, you will be bandaged and have gauze dressings applied to your incisions. You may be asked to wear a compression support garment that helps to minimize postoperative swelling and keep your new facial contours intact. Tiny tubes may be in place to help drain off any excess fluids or blood as you heal.
The doctor will provide you with a complete aftercare plan that includes instructions for taking pain medications and antibiotics; bathing and washing the wounds; sleeping; exercising; returning to work; and scheduling follow up appointments. Healing is different for everyone and may take between 2 and 6 weeks, depending on the precise nature of the treatments you had performed, and on your personal recuperation abilities.
What is the cost for facial masculinization?
Fees vary based on the number of procedures performed and on the techniques used. The total costs may include:
- Surgeon’s fees
- Facility fees
- Anesthesia fees
- Recovery fees
- Medication fees
- Post surgical garments
- Diagnostic texting and x-rays
During your private, in depth San Francisco consultation, our team will provide you with a detailed quote for services. We can help you to fill out insurance documents, and can also provide financing options from a variety of trusted healthcare lenders, should you require assistance.
Why choose Align Surgical Associates Inc. in San Francisco?
Dr. Satterwhite and Dr. Gurjala are both highly skilled, experienced authorities in gender confirmation surgery who have created a practice founded on compassion, integrity and transparency. From your detailed, confidential consultation to your personalized surgical plan and expedited recovery, our team is excited to help you embark on the next chapter in your journey towards authenticity and enhanced self-confidence.
Dr. Gurjala trained in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at Northwestern in Chicago, and completed an elite fellowship in microsurgery at Stanford. Dr. Satterwhite obtained his medical degree from Stanford, subsequently pursuing a prestigious residency in plastic surgery at Stanford Hospital, considered among the foremost medical facilities in the world.
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