“If I stop and consciously try and compare where my self-perception is now to this time last year, I do now sense some changes in my thinking, behaviour, communication and interaction with people – but it definitely takes time and it’s an extremely subtle process. However, in the final analysis, if I was forced to select one key element which has had the most seeming impact, then it would most definitely be FFS. By the time I did, the techniques had matured and advanced during the twenty years I had been aware of it and there were several global practitioners now practising. I was obviously keen to try and discover who was the best and spent quite a while researching the situation. It didn’t take too long to find consistently positive references to Facialteam and it was a nice surprise to find a European clinic at the top of the tree when I’d expected either America or Thailand. I watched some YouTube videos made by Facialteam patients and I very much liked what I saw and heard. Instead of merely being cosmetic surgery there was something far deeper and intentioned in relation to the Facialteam ethos and approach. In the end I was very positive about my choice and had no doubts or second thoughts about trusting them. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Facialteam if you are seriously considering FFS.”
Several years ago, Merryn approached Facialteam to discuss the possibilities for facial feminization surgery with our team of surgeons. Merryn is a 65 year old patient who traveled from United Kingdom to have a consultation with our surgeons to evaluate her facial features and come up with the right selection of facial feminization procedures, completely personalized for Merryn. Based on her goals and the recommendations from our surgical team we came up with the following treatment plan:
As Merryn considered the area around her eyes had masculine traits and expressed her interest in a brow bone reduction, part of the process of feminizing the forehead region. Forehead feminization procedures at Facialteam aim to achieve a significant and specific change in the expression around the eyes, the ultimate goal of our FOREContour® method is to approximate the original contours and position of the facial bone and eyebrows, before hormones caused changes in puberty.
Feminization of the jaw was recommended to modify the size and shape of the mandibular body to have a more feminine appearance. The stereotypical female jaw exhibits a series of characteristics that commonly influence gender recognition, especially when combined with other social constructs associated with femininity, hence, this is a procedure that is often recommended for patients.
With chin feminization the height, width and projection of the chin can be harmonized, all of them give the face a more typically feminine appearance.
To emphasize the cheeks and make Merryn’s eyes appear larger, a feminizing rhinoplasty was recommended. As the central feature of the face, a more feminine nose often is key for the global result of facial feminization surgery.
Nose feminization is often combined with a forehead reconstruction to create a smooth transition from the brow bone to the nose.
Longer, thinner upper lips with little visibility of the upper teeth are a typical masculine trait. To compliment the set of procedures, a feminizing lip lift and a blefaroplasty were performed to give the facial area more volume and projection.
Shortly after her surgery, Merryn sent us a written testimonial to express how she experienced her journey with Facialteam. We love to hear from our patients and try to share all these lovely words with our audience as it can greatly help other patients that are considering facial feminization surgery as well.
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