Feminine features are distinct; they are more elegant, delicate and have a gentler appearance.
Naturally, you will be able to recognise ‘male’ or ‘female’ facial features, regardless of a person’s gender preference. However, for some, these defining aspects do not align with their gender.
What is facial feminisation?
Facial feminisation, or facial masculinisation surgery at the Plastic Surgery Clinic can help you to feel like your outer reality reflects your true inner self. The term refers to a combination of maxillofacial and plastic surgery techniques designed for facial gender confirmation and facial harmonisation.
Facial feminisation surgery has become increasingly sought after by transgender women. However, while many of our patients are transgender, we do also perform similar techniques on women who are simply self-conscious of their facial features, which they may feel appear more masculine.
Facial feminisation procedures
Although procedures needed to achieve an individual’s goals are at the discretion of a patient and their doctor, common alterations include the forehead, cheeks, nose, lips, eyes and jaw. Dr Chaithan Reddy and his team work closely with each patient’s existing features to ensure a natural and harmonious result.
Facial feminisation can combine both surgical and non-surgical procedures performed over time, including:
Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job has been used for many years to shape, refine and sculpt the nose. As part of facial feminisation, this surgical procedure can restructure the bridge of the nose to create a more classically feminine shape and size. Dr Reddy takes the utmost care in balancing the features for a natural result. During your consultation, he’ll advise you on the shape which is best suited for your facial structure and desired result.
A rhinoplasty can either be an open (where your nose is opened during surgery) or closed procedure depending on your surgical desires. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic for both the comfort of the patient and the precision of the surgeon.
Facial implants noticeably change the contour of the face and can be used to create a smoother and softer, yet well-defined feminine face.
When performed by a skilled surgeon, implants can be used to alter the shape of the jaw, chin and cheek bones to create the basis of a feminine face.
A broad and long forehead can be a masculine trait, or the result of a receding hairline. Both can be altered through a hairline lowering procedure, which shapes and shortens the forehead, giving the face a less severe or aged appearance.
Hairline lowering can be performed in one procedure, offering a reduced recovery time and single incision.
Usually performed as part of a facial rejuvenation, hairline lowering can be performed in conjunction with an eyebrow lift through a single incision.
The placement and shape of the eyebrows is an identifying trait for gender. Women tend to have higher more arched brows than men, while men have lower, heavier, and more prominent brows.
An eyebrow lift can complete the feminisation of the upper face; framing the eyes gracefully. An eyebrow lift in conjunction with hairline lowering can result in a shorter more feminine forehead.
A lip lift is a procedure which will not only shorten the space between your nose and your top lip but also turn your top lip slightly, giving it a more noticeable curve.
Lip lifts are also used in some facial rejuvenations; they correct the drooping of the top lip that can sometimes come with age.
Chin reduction surgery, also referred to as sliding genioplasty is designed to moderately reshape the bone and other structural tissues to create a more balanced facial contour.
This procedure is suitable for patients who find that their chin is too prominent and large, which is considered a more masculine feature. As part of facial feminisation surgery, this procedure can be used to refine facial definition and achieve a more delicate and feminine shape.
What to expect during your consultation
The process of facial feminisation begins with an in-depth, detailed consultation with Dr Reddy. During this private consultation, Dr Reddy will assess your concerns and will discuss your goals, and what is medically possible.
Dr Reddy prides himself on tailoring his techniques to each patient’s unique facial features, achieving the best possible and most natural looking result. He places a strong emphasis on short scar techniques and the importance of a tailored post-operative treatment plan to optimise your results.
The Plastic Surgery Clinic and Medispa also offers a range of non-surgical injectable and dermal fillers, which can be used to enhance features as well as conceal wrinkles and creases.