A person’s facial profile and structural framework can help define and enhance one’s overall appearance.

Bony structures of the face such as the forehead, cheeks, jaw, and chin are important foundations to building a beautiful face. For some, however, their facial features may not reflect their inner self or aesthetic goals, which can cause significant distress. By cosmetically altering the structure of your face, facial feminization surgery not only enhances your physical characteristics, but also your self-esteem and how you want to present yourself to others.

Providing high quality bone reduction or augmentation and facial feminization surgery Bellevue facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yirae Ort, uses her skill and training as a facial cosmetic surgeon and maxillofacial surgeon to help create the facial features that align with one’s aesthetic goals and philosophies.

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What is Facial Bone Contouring?

Facial bone contouring is a surgical procedure to address the appearance of the facial structures such as the forehead, cheeks, jaw, and chin. This type of facial surgery is highly specialized and personalized to each patient to ensure a final result that is perfectly catered to the individual’s needs. It involves reducing an overly prominent part of the face by shaving the bones. For instance, a heavy brow bone can be shaved down to achieve a smoother and more feminine appearance. Likewise a reduction jaw surgery can transform a square-shape face to a heart-shape face, known as a “V-line” surgery. Patients who wish the opposite effect and augment their narrow and flat face can consider facial implants or a fat transfer to their face.

Patients might choose the facial bone contouring procedure as part of facial feminization surgery. The approach to facial bone contouring surgery is highly specialized and should be carefully planned, so it is important to discuss your goals thoroughly with your surgeon. Dr. Ort is at the forefront of facial feminization surgery in the Seattle area, providing various customized procedures to reshape the bone and to help achieve a facial shape desired by each patient.

What is Facial Feminization Surgery?

Facial feminization surgery is a type of Facial Bone Contouring, and refers to a plastic surgery approach that is geared towards patients who want to achieve a softer, more ‘feminine’ appearance, or reduce sharp, commonly masculine-type features. There are several benefits to be had from precisely applied facial feminization surgery in Bellevue’s premier plastic surgery destination. Patients who wish to alter their appearance to better suit the way they feel inside or out find that plastic surgery can help boost self-image and confidence.

Cosmetic enhancements can be customized to suit each patient’s different needs and may be able to deliver permanent solutions to common aesthetic concerns. For patients undergoing a male to female transformation, facial feminization surgery can be an important part of their journey. Dr. Ort understands how delicate this type of cosmetic enhancement can be and works closely with patients to deliver a result that is both flattering and helps them achieve the look of their dreams.

Who is a Candidate for Facial Feminization Surgery?

Dr. Ort is regarded among the most experienced Bellevue facial feminization surgery providers. Candidates for facial bone contouring are those that are unhappy with the appearance of their facial structures. Some patients may want to see a sharper, more masculine facial contour while others may opt for this procedure as part of a facial feminization surgery.

Dr. Ort will meet with you to examine your facial features and discuss your goals to come up with a customized facial feminization surgery plan. Overall, the procedure is recommended for anyone who wishes a long-lasting solution to address their concerns about their features. These concerns may include:

  • Heavy brow bone
  • Prominent brow bone
  • Angular jaw
  • Wide jawline
  • Long face
  • Large chin
  • Wide cheekbones
  • Disproportionate face
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Facial imbalance

How is Facial Feminization Surgery Performed?

Facial feminization surgery is performed by removing some of the facial bones to create a more subtle and feminine appearance. The exact surgical process will depend on which area you would like reduced or altered. Incisions can be cosmetically placed, such as along the hairline for the brow bone reduction, and inside the mouth for the cheek reduction and the jaw reduction surgery. For those looking to add projection to their features, facial implants may be placed under the skin instead, in areas like the cheekbones, jaw angle, or chin.

For patients who want to change the shape or contour of the facial bone structure, various bone shaving or reduction techniques will be used. The new position of the bone may be secured with small, flat screws and plates, which are typically not felt on the outside of the face. They do not have to be removed unless the patient desires removal at a later time. The goal of facial feminization surgery is to create a natural-looking improvement and achieve facial balance in a way that helps meet each patient’s facial goals. Your procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation to ensure your comfort.

Consultation for Facial Feminization Surgery in Bellevue, WA

Patients who want to soften their facial structure or enhance certain features, such as the jawline, cheekbones, or nose may find that facial feminization surgery can help deliver a permanently flattering result. As a fellowship trained cosmetic maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Ort’s is highly skilled in performing bony surgeries of the face that will help shape a beautiful foundation to your appearance and confidence. If you are considering facial feminization or similar male to female transition surgery solutions, start by visiting Dr. Ort and exploring carefully curated options for sculpting your face. To learn more about facial bone contouring and to get started on your customized procedure, contact our office at (425) 200-5890 and schedule your private consultation with Dr. Ort in Bellevue, WA.

What Can I Expect After Facial Feminization Surgery?

The results and recovery process for every patient may differ slightly among individuals. In general, your recovery after facial feminization surgery will involve plenty of rest and keeping the head in an elevated position. You may have a drain, which is typically removed 1 to 2 days after surgery. Some bruising, swelling and general discomfort can be expected for several days.

Most patients take anywhere from 3 to 7 days off of work to recover at home; however, social downtime may be longer due to residual swelling that resolves more slowly. Stitches are usually removed a week after surgery. Surgeries involving the jaw and chin may require you to be on a soft, non-chew diet for the first week, then gradually returning to a normal diet. You will be given a specific set of instructions and exercise restrictions to follow to ensure a successful healing process.

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