FTM Facial Masculinization Surgery
The masculinization of the face is often the final set of procedures transgender men will undergo to realize their transition. While the procedures do not include the growth of facial hair, they will provide transgender men with a defined masculine facial structure.
If you are a transgender man living in-and-around the Miami area, allow Dr. Christopher Salgado and his team at the University of Miami to complete your transition.
If you are a transgender woman who is in need of Body Sculpting, Dr. Christopher Salgado and his team at the University of Miami are here to put the finishing touches to your transition!
Masculation of the Face
The surgical masculinization of the face will use several procedures to alter the entire area, from the forehead to the creation of a protruding Adam’s apple. The final results will vary on factors such as:
- Duration of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- Ethnic and racial background
Adam’s Apple Enhancement
Through an incision carefully made in the throat, Dr. Salgado will use cartilage to create a more defined and protruding Adam’s apple.
The shape of the forehead will be augmented and lengthened to create a stronger, more masculine-looking forehead. Augmentation can be done with implants or temporary facial fillers.
The girth and angle of the mandible will be surgically enhanced. Dr. Salgado may include a Genioplasty and Mentoplasty to produce a more extended and masculine chin.
Dr. Salgado will use augmentation techniques to advance the projection and width of the nose. The augmentation can be performed with implants or facial fillers
Most insurance agencies do not cover the costs of cosmetic treatments such as Body Sculpting. Due to our commitment to provide you with the best Sexual and Gender Health procedures, Salgado Plastics will acquire coverage for patients in need.
Before the procedure
Dr. Salgado will meet with you for the initial consultation at the University of Miami. You must share your goals, along with your complete medical history with him. Once a surgical plan has been discussed, Dr. Salgado will base his surgical techniques to complement the natural features of your face.
The method Dr. Salgado will employ depends mainly on the natural shape and size of your body, as well as your goals. So it is vital to come with an open mind and realistic expectations about the outcome of each procedure.
Heavy smokers and drinkers must refrain from their vices for at least one month before surgery. It is equally important to keep these habits on hold as you recover as its effects may complicate and delay your recovery.
You must also cease from taking any medications, including ibuprofen and blood thinners unless specified by Dr. Salgado and your doctor.
In addition, it is advised that you not eat or drink for at least eight hours before surgery. Commonly you will have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to your surgery day.
Dr. Salgado will use general anesthesia for the procedure or an epidural catheter. However, if specified, local anesthesia through IV sedation can be administered. This is all done by board-certified anesthesiologists.
Preparing for the Procedure
Smokers must quit at least one month before the surgery. The consumption of alcohol must be avoided for at least twenty-four hours before surgery as well. It is advised to refrain from these vices for at least one month to avoid any complications as you recover.
If you are also under any medication such as ibuprofen and aspirin, Dr. Salgado will ask you to stop unless specified by your doctor.
On the night before surgery, it is important to fast for at least eight hours. However, Dr. Salgado may give you the clearance to take small sips of water.
During the Procedure
Dr. Salgado uses general anesthesia for his surgical procedures to ensure you are pain-free and unconscious for the duration of the surgery.
After the procedure
You must get plenty of rest during the recovery period. It is important to keep your head elevated and apply a cold compress every day for the best results.
Your bandages must regularly be changed. It is recommended not to take showers but instead, take baths with the bandages on to avoid any potential damage.
If you opt for rhinoplasty, you will be advised to breathe through your nose if possible however typically the mouth is used. You must also refrain from any strenuous activities to protect the soft tissues of the nose and prevent bleeding.
Your casts will be removed after a week. You can expect the surgical sites to swell, however able to see your results within the first couple of months.
The final costs of your procedures will be estimated by Dr. Salgado and the University of Miami staff. Our team will do as much as possible to keep costs affordable while maintaining quality and care.
The overall costs will be determined by:
- A professional surgeon’s fee
- Surgical facility fee
- Anesthesia fee
Insurance Issues & Financing
Most insurance agencies do not cover surgical procedures that masculinize the face. However, our financial team works very hard to obtain insurance coverage for all of our procedures if possible.
The surgical masculinization of the face is often used as a means to finalize the transition for many transgender men. The effects will also ease the anguish many transgender men will experience from gender dysphoria (Gender Identity Disorder). Although less common than Facial feminization it is performed with increasing frequency.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Gender Confirmation Surgery enhances three major areas of the body bring out the female form within. This process oversees a number of procedures that will shape the face.
Gender Confirmation Surgery enhances three major areas of the body bring out the female form within. This process oversees a number of procedures that will shape the face, chest, and genitalia to correspond with your gender identity.
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