In the 1980s, facial feminization surgery was pioneered in the United States as part of the process that an individual could choose to undergo when transitioning from male to female. Since that time, facial feminization has grown in popularity, and some progressive plastic surgeons have incorporated it into their practices. Among those surgeons is Dr. Daniel Greenwald, founder of Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL. Dr. Greenwald is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery including cosmetic surgery of the face, head, and neck. Since beginning his career, he has performed thousands of successful facial cosmetic procedures, and he has been consistently recognized as one of the Best Doctors in the nation by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Facial feminization surgery is designed to create a more feminine appearance by addressing facial features that are commonly associated with masculinity. These procedures are sought by transgendered individuals, men who are undergoing transitions to become women, and women who would like to address traditionally masculine facial characteristics. While some people seek very subtle changes, others are interested in highly dramatic effects. After consulting with a patient, Dr. Greenwald can recommend a customized face feminization surgery plan according to the patient’s anatomy, goals, and preferences. Due to his personalized approach and outstanding reputation, many individuals from Tampa and throughout the state of Florida entrust their care to Bayshore Plastic Surgery.
When developing a facial feminization surgery plan, Dr. Greenwald generally incorporates two or more procedures. For instance, depending on the unique needs of a patient, he might recommend one or more of the following:
- An endoscopic forehead lift
- A temporal brow lift
- An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)
- Nasal tip refinement
- Dorsal hump reduction (rhinoplasty)
- Cheek (submalar) augmentation
- Lip enhancement
- A face lift
- A chin implant (genioplasty)
- A neck lift
- Ear surgery (otoplasty)
Because most insurance companies consider these procedures to be cosmetic, the costs are generally not covered under insurance plans. Nevertheless, facial feminization surgery can be very important to transgender and transsexual individuals, mainly because a person’s face is usually the first thing that others notice. First impressions regarding the perceived sex of an individual can be powerful and lasting, serving as a filter – albeit unfairly – through which all of the person’s future words and actions will be judged. Other parts of the body can be effectively concealed or enhanced with clothing to appear more feminine, but it can be difficult to create a facial appearance that matches one’s emotional feelings about sexuality without facial feminization surgery. Of course, makeup can help to a certain extent, but unlike surgery, its effects are temporary.
To learn more about facial feminization surgery, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, at 888-840-3199. You can schedule a private appointment with Dr. Greenwald to discuss your surgical goals, take a look at his facial feminization surgery before and after photo gallery, and determine the best approach for you.