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At some point in their journey, transgender individuals making the male-to-female transition will often desire facial surgery that helps them look and feel better aligned to who they are. Because the face is often the first point of perception and interaction with others, it can help have a facial physique and complexion that mirrors one’s true self and sexual identity.

What is facial feminization surgery?

Facial feminization surgery, or FFS, is a surgical procedure unique to each individual that typically involves surgical work on the brows, scalp, forehead, nose, eyes, cheeks, and lips to help make one’s features better align with classic female traits.

While no true definition exists of a “male face” nor a “female face,” the face of a natal male typically tends to have a wider jaw and chin, flatter cheeks, a larger nose, thinner lips, and a taller forehead.

But, no matter, every facial feminization that board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jamil Asaria performs at FACE Toronto begins with a thorough and private personal consultation to help him understand his patient’s unique concerns and goals for the procedure.

If the patient simply knows that they’d love to look different but have no idea of what that means exactly, that’s not a problem at all. Dr. Asaria can give his professional opinion upon understanding a patient’s unique facial anatomy. From there, a combination of surgical procedures is laid out as to how best to reach those ideals.

What are the benefits of facial feminization?

  • Provides softer and more feminine facial features and contours.
  • Defines the cheeks, chin, jawline, brows, forehead, and nose.
  • Creates fuller and more voluptuous lips.
  • Raises the eyebrows and brings forward the hairline.
  • Creates a more youthful and fitting complexion.
  • Increases self-satisfaction and reduces emotional trauma associated with mischaracterization.
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Am I a candidate for facial feminization?

Patients who currently have and wish to change facial features subconsciously associated by others with members of the male sex make good candidates for the procedure. The best FFS candidates in Toronto are patients seeking change in their facial appearance for themselves and who have gender dysphoria.

FFS candidates should be:

  1. Adults of legal age who consent to surgery
  2. Of sound mind; mental and emotionally stable
  3. In good general health
  4. Realistic in their expectations for the procedure and what it can help them accomplish
  5. Be prepared for a postoperative recovery period of 2 or more weeks.

What recovery is required?

Facial feminization is such a uniquely tailored surgical procedure—with some patients receive 1-2 procedures while others have 5-6—it’s difficult to share a blanket or generalized recovery protocol. However, as a helpful guide, most patients typically require 2 to 4 weeks of recovery from the surgery, with pain, swelling, and bruising being most pronounced during the first 2 to 3 days. You will be provided with full postoperative instructions and have a direct line of communication to our office at all times. Recovery isn’t difficult, but a few simple actions will help reduce the chances of blood clots and other risks.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

At FACE Toronto we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations. Our team has been working diligently on enhancing our safety protocols to protect the well-being of our patients, team members, and families. We would like to highlight how we are providing a safe environment for you and our team:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office for any symptoms of COVID-19. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVD-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes. A mandatory Covid-19 consent form must be filled out before arrival to the clinic and temperature checks will be administered upon entering the building.
  • We have implemented a policy for the safety and testing of our staff members including daily screening and temperature checks. We will be maintaining physical distancing as much as possible throughout the office for staff and patients.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients.
  • We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. We are not servicing any walk-in patients and not allowing visitors or children to accompany any patient.
  • For your safety all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, a mask will be provided. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments. The software we have in place provides appropriate safety and privacy for the interaction.
  • We have increased our in-office cleaning. All areas of patient traffic are regularly cleaned throughout the day. All treatment rooms are cleaned between every patient encounter. All chairs and table tops in the waiting room as well as treatment rooms will be wiped down between patients, including counters, keyboards and door handles. Our credit/debit card terminal will be disinfected after each use. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.

We are so excited to welcome you back and look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment. Please feel free to contact our team by phone at 416-479-4244 or email at [email protected]