Many transgender men find that their faces have a different structure from what is considered the perfect male face. One of the ways to handle this is through facial masculinization surgery, which helps to build a face that is more angular with a larger brow bone, higher chin, and thicker eyebrows. There are many procedures under this umbrella to give each transman the aesthetic look that he is interested in. In this article, we will look at the process in more depth.
Rather than a single surgery, such as double incision for chest surgery, there are many options for masculinization surgery. These can include both reconstructive and plastic surgery methods. Each of these procedures is done to help modify the features of the face, along with the facial structures underneath. This helps make the face appear more masculine than it otherwise would.
Candidacy for Facial Masculinization
There are two broad groups of people who may be interested in the surgeries available to masculinize the face. The first group are transgender men who are interested in achieving a more masculine-appearing face. In some cases, testosterone therapy alone is not enough to receive the results that are wanted. FMS permanently alters the face to be more masculine.
Some cisgender men (non-transgender men) also want a face that is more traditionally masculine. Those individuals might also benefit from masculinization, such as having a more defined jawline or a chiseled chin.
In many cases, FMS is performed by plastic surgeons. However, it is best to choose a surgeon who is aware of the aesthetic qualities you are looking for and who has experience and education regarding the craniofacial structures that result in masculinity. You should always ask to see examples of past surgeries from whatever surgeon you choose to see what you can expect.
Types of Surgical Procedures
There are many different procedures that constitute facial masculinization. They include any of the following:
- Adam’s Apple Implant
- Cheek Augmentation
- Chin Recontouring
- Forehead Lengthening
- Jaw Augmentation
- Jaw Contouring
In most cases, you will be under observation for the night after surgery. You will speak with the doctor in the morning before being discharged. Most people experience only mild discomfort and some facial swelling, which will disappear within one to two weeks.
At The International Center for Transgender Care, we provide various surgical and non-surgical services for those who make up the transgender community. You can learn more about our surgeons, staff, and services by visiting www.TheTransCenter.com.