Will I Have Pain After FFS

on 05/12/2021 7:03 AM

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Will I Have Pain After FFS?

Being concerned about pain levels following a procedure is very common for Facial Feminization Surgery patients. However, many are pleasantly surprised to learn that their pain can be well controlled during the recovery period.

Additionally, patients are under general anesthesia during the procedures, so there is no pain at all while the surgery is being performed. Dr. Bastidas and his staff want each patient to be as comfortable as possible in the days following the procedures and will prescribe patients with appropriate medications to keep pain levels at a minimum while the body is healing.


Here’s What You Can Expect

Every patient’s healing process and timeline is specific to them, but most follow the below general stages:

24 to 48 Hours Following Surgery: In the first one to two days following surgery, patients will need to have a primarily liquid diet, with soft food slowly being incorporated into the diet after this period. FFS patients stay in the hospital overnight for observation and comfort control during this time period. A surgical drain is removed prior to discharge and the bandages are changed.

Leaving the Facility: When patients leave the facility following their procedure, Dr. Bastidas and his team will provide detailed post-op instructions for care and recovery. The goal is to help patients heal properly and have minimal levels of discomfort.

1 to 2 Weeks Following Surgery: In the 1 to 2 weeks following surgery, the priority is for patients to remain comfortable while encouraging healing. Many patients take Extra Strength Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or other over-the-counter medications. Sometimes an additional steroid medication will be given to help reduce pain and swelling. Patients are instructed to sleep with their head elevated during this time period and will wear a supportive garment around their head and chin.

2 to 6 Weeks Following Surgery: Bones and tissue begin to heal during this timeframe. Rest and aftercare are extremely important to help promote proper healing and recovery. Scarring will first become red or raised and then start to flatten. Numbness may start slowly improving. Dissolvable sutures will fall out during these weeks.

Facial Feminization Surgery with Dr. Bastidas

Dr. Bastidas is a leading surgeon of Facial Feminization Surgery in NYC and has been performing FFS procedures for more than a decade. He is an active member of the Center for Transgender Care at Northwell Health and incorporates the latest 3D virtual planning technology into every procedure. Dr. Bastidas is also a board-certified plastic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in craniofacial surgery and the Director of the Advanced Facial Trauma and Reconstruction Program at North Shore, Manhasset.

His years of experience result in a multi-disciplinary approach with an aesthetically pleasing feminine appearance that looks natural.

For facial feminization surgery, call Dr. Nicholas Bastidas.

Schedule an appointment at our New York, NY, office at (212) 485-0616.

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Facial Feminization Surgery: FAQs

The below questions are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive from patients. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Facial Feminization Surgery in NYC, also known as FFS or transgender facial surgery, is a series of procedures that make cosmetic modifications to your facial appearance. The purpose of FFS is to sculpt masculine facial features into a feminine shape. It’s commonly used by transgender women, non-binary individuals, as well as cisgender women. Patients of this procedure can feel empowered and have increased confidence as a result of feeling more at home in their skin.

The total cost for facial feminization surgery in NYC depends on the number of procedures needed and the types of aesthetic changes being made. Dr. Bastidas does work with insurance companies, including Amida Care, BCBS, and several others to help reduce the costs of feminization face surgery.

Yes, facial feminization surgery in NYC is not only for women who identify as transgender. Cisgender women can also get feminine face surgery to enhance their features and appearance.

Dr. Bastidas works with several insurance companies, including Amida Care, BCBS, and several others to help reduce the costs of feminization facial surgery.

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