What does frontal sinus setback entail?
Reshaping the bone structure of the face and head for a more feminine appearance can provide tremendous self-esteem and confidence in the MTF client.
The female face has a softer look due to a higher brow and more recessed forehead, which gives their eyes a brighter, more open aesthetic. During frontal sinus setback, the anterior wall of the frontal sinus is moved to a more feminine position, which affects every aspect of the face, from the forehead to the eye sockets and the cheekbones.
Only a doctor such as Dr. Satterwhite with extensive craniofacial surgical skill and experience should attempt such a procedure, for it is highly delicate and complex, with the frontal sinus being dangerously close to the cranial cavity. Imaging is typically performed pre-operatively to imaging is typically performed pre-operatively to help determine the appropriate and safe amount of setback that will retain the patient’s individuality while still accomplishing their cosmetic goals.
How is frontal sinus setback performed?
The bone along the periphery of the frontal sinus will be shaved and smoothed, and the new shape of the forehead will be secured with micro titanium plates and screws. These materials are entirely biocompatible, long-lasting and hypoallergenic.
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What are the advantages of frontal sinus setback?
- A more feminine appearance to the nose, eyes, forehead and upper face
- Increased self-confidence in one’s image
- Gender-confirming surgery
- Long-lasting results
- Natural, seamless outcome
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
Those MTF patients with masculine bone structure, a protruding or prominent brow and frontal sinus bone will make good candidates, provided they are in good health, both physically and emotionallymentally, and have realistic expectations for their outcome. It goes without saying that patients should be non-smokers, for smoking greatly increases the risk of complications and can significantly slow down recovery.
What is the cost for frontal sinus setback in San Francisco?
The cost will vary according to the complexity of the work performed, the anesthesia chosen, the facility fees and the surgeon’s fees. Dr. Satterwhite and Dr. Gurujal will provide an in-depth, customized quote for you during your Bay Area confidential consultation.
Why choose Align Surgical?
Dr. Satterwhite possesses the meticulous attention to detail, impeccable skill and artistry to create stunning facial feminization results for his MTF clients. He has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area transgender community for decades, and has created a cosmetic sanctuary where transitioning patients can feel they truly have a home away from home.
Dr. Satterwhite received his medical degree from the world-renowned Stanford University, which he followed with an elite residency in plastic surgery at Stanford Hospital. In addition, he completed a demanding fellowship in craniofacial surgery under the tutelage of the internationally respected surgical authority, Dr. Anthony Wolfe.
A Message to Our Patients:
ALIGN SURGICAL REMAINS 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 the medical care and planning you need during COVID-19.
- 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
- SURGERY: while we cannot currently perform surgery due to the shelter in place, we continue booking surgeries for future dates
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us and let us know how we can help. To the best of our ability, we pledge to keep you safe, healthy, connected, and informed!
With best wishes, Your Align Surgical Team
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