By Rebecca Mead. Facial-feminization surgery reshapes the faces of patients who feel that they look excessively masculine. Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone. Abby Stewart sometimes thought that she was born to be a teacher.
Facial Feminization Surgery: What You Should Know
My Facial Feminization Story: The Complex Process of FFS Surgery | Allure
The face is arguably one of the most important features of the human body. It contains the features, such as the eyes, ears, and mouth, that allow us to communicate and interact with one another. And it offers the first visual cues that determine whether other people perceive us as male or female. For these reasons, facial feminization surgery FFS is a fundamental aspect of the male-to-female transition. These can include both bony and soft tissue surgeries of the face, neck, and thyroid cartilage, often complimented by laser hair removal.
The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It
Facial feminization surgery FFS is a set of cosmetic surgical procedures that alter typically male facial features to bring them closer in shape and size to typical female facial features. FFS can include various bony and soft tissue procedures such as brow lift , rhinoplasty , cheek implantation , and lip augmentation. Faces contain secondary sex characteristics that make male and female faces readily distinguishable, including the shape of the forehead, nose, lips, cheeks, chin, and jawline; the features in the upper third of the face seem to be the most important, but subtle changes in the lips can have a strong effect. For many transgender women, FFS is medically necessary to treat gender dysphoria. While most FFS patients are transgender women, some cisgender women who feel that their faces are too masculine will also undergo FFS.
I laid down on a cold, steel table in the operating room and looked up at the fluorescent lights beaming down into my eyes. While taking a few shallow breaths, I began to graze the hard contours of my face with my fingers, knowing it would be the last time I would feel the square of my jaw, my long chin, the protruding bones in my forehead. For a moment, and only for a moment, I grieved the face of the girl who was forced to endure a male puberty.