Body feminization surgery involves one or more cosmetic procedures designed to reshape a patient’s body to create a more traditionally feminine silhouette. For more than 20 years, Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Bayshore Plastic Surgery, has been performing both facial and body feminization procedures for patients throughout the Tampa, Florida, area and beyond.
As explained by Dr. Greenwald, many factors can affect the shape of the body, including gender at birth, genetics, and ethnicity. The standard for what is considered to be an attractive female appearance is greatly influenced by both regional and cultural views, which have shifted considerably over the years and continue to evolve. While there are very few constants, in general, a lean muscle mass, rounded breasts and buttocks, and high hip-to-waist ratio are currently viewed as components of the ideal female appearance (and some of the goals of body feminization surgery), as compared to a traditional male body with a broad chest, a V-shaped torso, well-defined muscles, and minimal hip curvature.
For a male who is transitioning to female, reshaping the body is an important part of the process. A customized regimen of hormone therapy can often alter a patient’s appearance over time by changing the patient’s overall muscle mass and fat distribution. Additionally, depending on a patient’s unique needs, Dr. Greenwald can perform a variety of body contouring procedures at a surgery center in Tampa, FL, as part of a body feminization surgery plan for a male who is transitioning to female, as well as a transgendered individual or a woman who would like to address traditionally masculine body characteristics. These procedures* include:
- Liposuction to refine and contour targeted areas of the body
- The placement of implants to emphasize certain physical attributes, such as the breasts, buttocks, and calves
- A tracheal shave to reduce prominent thyroid cartilage (the male “Adam’s apple”)
To complement a patient’s body feminization surgery, Dr. Greenwald can also perform a variety of facial feminization techniques, including rhinoplasty, bone contouring in the chin and jaw area, a brow lift, an eyelid lift, and the placement of facial fillers and implants to enhance cheeks and lips. Working closely with a patient, Dr. Greenwald can create a highly individualized treatment plan designed to achieve the patient’s reasonable goals and produce a result that is both natural- and healthy-looking.
To learn more about body feminization surgery, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, at 888-840-3199 to schedule an appointment.
*Prospective patients should be aware that most insurance companies consider body feminization surgery to be cosmetic in nature, and therefore the associated costs are typically not covered under insurance plans.