Facial masculinization surgery is a relatively new surgery that creates a more masculine appearance and shape for the transman. Since the face is the first thing people often see, it’s understandably important for the transman to feel very comfortable with their facial features. This surgery results in improved self-esteem and confidence for the transman.
Testosterone is the hormone that is prescribed to transmen undergoing a medical transition. While it can have dramatic desired effects such as increased muscle mass, facial hair, increased body hair and deepening of the voice, it does not change the bony structure of the face. After continuous use of testosterone therapy, some transmen opt for facial masculinization surgery to achieve greater results.
Facial masculinization surgery is actually comprised of several types of facial surgeries. These surgeries include forehead lengthening, rhinoplasty and chin/jaw augmentation. These surgeries combined result in a dramatic masculine looking face. This in turn, improves the confidence and self-esteem of the transman.
While all surgeries inherently carry some form of risk, facial masculinization surgery is a safe procedure and most transmen are very happy with their results. Most incisions are done from the inside of the jaw, chin or nose so any scarring is minimal and can fade over time. There will be some swelling which is normal but this will subside within a few days after the surgery.
It is important to find a surgeon that is well-versed and trained in transgender procedures to perform facial masculinization surgery. This is not only due to the advanced skills and expertise required, but also due to the understanding and knowledge they have of the transgender community. A surgeon that is compassionate, understanding and experienced with transgender surgeries will typically clearly understand the results you are seeking.
At the International Center for Transgender Care, our surgeons have over twenty years of experience treating transgender patients. Contact us to schedule a consultation at (972) 543-2477. We look forward to assisting you in achieving the very best results for your facial masculinization surgery.