Looking only at the face (without factors like hair, makeup, and facial hair), people can almost always detect whether a person is male or female. This is why facial masculinization is an important step in the transition from female to male. To get a more masculine face, certain facial plastic surgery procedures can be performed to enhance the brow, enlarge the nose, strengthen the jaw and chin, and build up the Adam’s apple. During the patient’s consultation, cosmetic surgeons Dr Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin will assess the patient’s face and explain which procedures they recommend and how they will make the face look more masculine. Patients at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City can have several facial surgeries performed at once or they can have them one at a time, but this will require more time under anesthesia and a longer total recovery time. Some of the facial plastic surgeries that are often included in facial masculinization surgery include:
- FTM Adam’s Apple Surgery (Thyroid Cartilage Enhancement)
- Cheek Augmentation
- Chin Recontouring (Genioplasty/Mentoplasty)
- Forehead Lengthening and Augmentation
- Jaw Contouring (Jaw Reshaping)
- Rhinoplasty (Nasal Augmentation)
"So pleased with everything from the consultation to the surgery to the end results! I was extremely nervous going from a G cup down to aDD lifted and an implant but the girls turned out better than ever!! The staff has been amazing and the doctors were also! Would recommend 10/10"- T.R. / Google / Feb 14, 2024
"Absolutely perfect experience! I have been there for a rhinoplasty consultation that went very well with Dr. Caplin. But I wound up eventually getting a breast augmentation by Dr. John Tedesco. Everyone is extremely kind and informative, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the procedure, the benefits you get with the pricing, the aftercare process … Overall extremely pleased! I would recommend this clinic to anyone!!"- M.W. / Google / Jan 30, 2024
"Dr. Nuveen is a excellent surgeon! I had a complete facelift to include neck lift, eyes, brow lift and CO2. Dr. Nuveen did an amazing job and I mean amazing! He has always treated me with the upmost respect. Very confident and that's what I like in a surgeon. He also has a caring staff."- M.N. / Google / Jan 27, 2024
"Dr Nuveen did my first breast augmentation and he did a great job, but his wife Dr Caplin did an even better one this time around at making sure I was going to be happy with my end results! Very much pleased with my outcome! Thank you"- S.R. / Google / Jan 26, 2024
"Dr. Caplin is fantastic. She understood my concerns exactly, explained the procedure so well and possible outcomes. Dr. Meyer was also a part of my surgery and I recommend her also. I am thrilled with my results. Dr. Caplin made me feel so comfortable, she’s got such a great personality. I recommend her all the time and I will continue to see her over the years! The staff is great too. I thought it was pretty cool my entire surgery team was female, honestly I loved that."- B.J. / Google / Jan 19, 2024
- Adam’s apple surgery: also known as thyroid cartilage enhancement, the plastic surgeon will use an implant or cartilage transplant to the front of the vocal cord to create the appearance of an Adam’s apple in the throat
- Cheek augmentation: to make the cheeks more angled and less round, the plastic surgeon will place cheek implants that are sized and shaped to give the patient a more masculine midface shape
- Chin recontouring: to make the chin longer and more square, the chin can be altered without an implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) or an implant can be used to strengthen the chin
- Forehead Lengthening and Augmentation: for a more prominent brow and longer forehead, the plastic surgeon can use an implant to create a strong brow ridge and a brow lift to lengthen the forehead
- Jaw contouring: the male jaw is typically wider and has sharper angles than the female jaw, so the plastic surgeon may reshape the jawbone or use implants to reshape the jaw
- Rhinoplasty: for a more masculine nose, the plastic surgeon will augment and reshape the nose to increase the width and projection of the nose while keeping it in proportion to the rest of the face
Facial masculinization surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility as an inpatient or outpatient surgery, depending on the procedure or procedures being performed. If multiple procedures are being performed, the plastic surgeon may group them into multiple surgeries for patient safety and best results. The plastic surgeon will make minimal incisions in the least visible place to prevent highly visible scars. After the surgery, the doctor will go over recovery instructions, including how long to rest, the healing process, normal side effects, what to watch for, scar care, and tips for a faster recovery.
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The male skull is larger than the female skull, which cannot be changed surgically, but facial masculinization can be used to make the face more angular and appear larger. Each patient will have different needs, but the general goal of facial masculinization surgery is to make the face appear larger, longer, and more angular. The plastic surgeon will help each patient understand the procedures that will give them maximum impact and their best results.
To further enhance the face, BOTOX® can be used to lower and flatten the brow bone which will make the eyebrows more masculine. Hair-restoration surgery can also be used to create facial hair. Injectable dermal fillers, like Juvéderm® or Restylane® can be used to show the patient how facial implants will help before they commit to augmentation surgery.
Many patients use hormone therapy to increase their testosterone production, which will lead to more masculine facial features, but facial masculinization surgery can customize the features to fit the patient’s needs and goals. FMS can greatly improve the patient’s self-esteem and confidence, as well as their appearance.
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