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In the quest to achieve the most authentic facial feminization results, one must consider every aspect of the face and head, as each part plays a role in creating a softer, more elegant aesthetic.

A masculine forehead is larger, with bony ridges and protruding orbital rims that often slope forward. With forehead contouring, these bones may be shaved down for a flatter, smoother, and rounder appearance that is more congruent with traditionally feminine features.

In those cases where the forehead requires a more extreme solution, reconstructive surgery is used. The bones beneath the frontal sinuses are removed, recontoured, and then placed back into the facial structure using titanium biocompatible plates and screws. Forehead contouring is often performed in tandem with brow lift and hairline advancement, among other facial feminization treatments.

What are the advantages of forehead contouring?

  • Flatter, rounder, and more feminine bone contours
  • Long-lasting outcome
  • Natural, seamless result
  • Improved self-confidence in one’s image
  • Gender-confirming surgery

What determines candidacy for forehead contouring?

Not every MTF patient will need or desire forehead contouring, but when the bone structure is creating feelings of incongruence with one’s femininity and lowering self-esteem in the process, a surgical intervention may provide the necessary boost in confidence as well as a more authentically female aesthetic.

We require that our facial feminization clients be non-smokers in good health, both physically and mentally, and that they have realistic expectations for their outcome based on their confidential San Francisco consultation.

Dr. Satterwhite is absolutely wonderful! He is kind and compassionate. You can see that he really cares about his patients. He always took the time to listen to me and was there when I needed him. I would not hesitate recommending him.

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    What will my recovery entail?

    An overnight stay is usually required after forehead contouring. Swelling, discomfort and bruising is normal, and can be well controlled with prescription pain medications from Dr. Satterwhite and Dr. Gurujal. Most clients can return to normal activities within 2 weeks, but should avoid vigorous physical activity for at least 4 weeks. Forehead numbness may come and go for up to 1 year.

    What is the cost for forehead contouring in San Francisco?

    The fees for forehead contouring will depend on the technique chosen to affect change, as well as on the anesthesia, facility costs and surgeon’s costs. Dr. Satterwhite and Dr. Gurujal’s team will sit down with you after your private San Francisco consultation and deliver a personalized, detailed quote for your surgery.

    Why select Align Surgical for facial feminization surgery?

    Dr. Satterwhite, a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and winner of the competitive Plastic Surgery Foundation Award, offers a cosmetic sanctuary where transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals can find the freedom and safety to blossom into their ideal vision of themselves – aesthetically, emotionally and spiritually.

    Dr. Satterwhite received his medical degree from Stanford University and stayed on to complete a demanding residency in plastic surgery at Stanford Hospital. He sharpened his skills in facial feminization by completing an elite craniofacial fellowship under the guidance of world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Anthony Wolfe.

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    We remain open to continue serving the transgender community

    With the safety and well-being of our patients and staff as our highest goal, Dr. Satterwhite and Dr. Gurujal are determined to provide needed medical care and planning.

    VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS: we continue to be busy with phone and video visits providing access to all patients interested in gender confirming surgery

    FOLLOW UPS: we continue to provide needed care for our existing patients by phone and video, and in person when medically appropriate

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