Facial Feminization

Facial Feminization

By Marc Everett MD

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Facial Feminization
Facial Feminization

Facial Feminization

Many facial features — such as the nose, brow and jaw — reflect traditional conceptions of masculinity and femininity. While other body parts can be concealed, our faces are nearly always on display. Living in a world that sees you as something other than who you are can leave you with a deep sense of dissatisfaction and the constant fear of being misgendered, sometimes with devastating life-long effects.

Facial feminization surgery can help transgender women feel more comfortable and beautiful in their own skin. For patients, this can be a critical step in confirming their gender and feeling confident that their external appearance matches their true identity.

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The Procedure

Recovery & Results

What Is Facial Feminization?

Facial feminization broadly describes a group of procedures that create a more feminine facial aesthetic. During facial feminization surgery (FFS), features traditionally associated with a masculine appearance are reduced or removed to feminize and beautify the face. This can be accomplished through a combination of craniofacial surgeries, soft tissue surgeries and nonsurgical procedures performed in a single stage or multiple phases.

The goal of facial feminization is to provide you with both the primary and subtle facial features that support your true self. Because every patient is unique, Dr. Everett does not take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Instead, he will work with you closely to design a unique treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Feminization Procedures for the Upper Face

  • Forehead reduction and scalp advancement can feminize the upper face considerably by reshaping the forehead and bringing the hairline forward
  • Brow lift surgery can feminize the eyebrows by lifting them into a higher position and giving them a more arched shape
  • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can correct heavy upper and/or lower eyelids to create more feminine and youthful eyes

Feminization Procedures for the Midface

  • Cheek augmentation performed with cheek implants or fat grafting can create a softer, rounder face shape with fuller cheeks
  • Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) can create a smaller and more dainty nose, correct nasal imperfections and improve overall facial harmony
  • Ear surgery (otoplasty) can pin back overly large or protruding ears to give them a smaller and more feminine appearance

Feminization Procedures for the Lower Face

  • Lip augmentation with fat transfer, lip implants or injectable fillers can achieve greater fullness, softness and sensuality
  • Jaw contouring can minimize the prominence and square shape of a traditionally masculine jaw, creating a rounder, narrower and feminized facial profile
  • Chin contouring can give a flat, square or prominent chin a more rounded, short and refined shape

Nonsurgical Feminization Options

Nonsurgical treatments are increasingly popular with all of our patients. For transgender patients, dermal fillers can sometimes be used to contour the face and reduce the need for surgery. They are particularly useful for enhancing the lips so they appear fuller and more feminine. Injectable neuromodulators, including Botox and Dysport, can be used to strategically lift or soften certain areas of the face. Although these solutions are not permanent, they offer beautiful results for months or even years, and can be a good way to experiment with your look before committing to surgery.

Before & After

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Schedule a Facial Feminization Consultation Today

At Marc Everett MD, we understand the critical role plastic surgery plays in helping our patients see their inner self reflected in their outward appearance. We are proud to be a leading destination for patients seeking facial feminization in New York City. Dr. Everett and his staff are a caring group of professionals who strive to create a relaxed and welcoming environment for patients from all walks of life. In their hands, you can trust that your gender-affirming procedures will be performed with the utmost skill, artistry and safety.


To discover what facial feminization can mean for you, contact our New York office at (212) 774-7715 to request a consultation with Dr. Everett.

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