Can Females Get Facial Feminization Surgery?

Facial Faminization

Facial feminization surgery is known as a series of procedures that make cosmetic modifications to an individual’s facial appearance. And while facial feminization surgery is typically associated with transgender or non-binary individuals, it’s also popular among cisgender women.

For women who feel they have masculine facial features and are seeking a more feminine appearance, FFS procedures can enhance those features. If you are someone who feels your forehead is too broad, or nose is too sharp, or overall just feel like your facial features are too “masculine,” you might be a candidate for FFS.

Common Facial Feminization Procedures for Women

During your consultation, Dr. Bastidas will listen to your concerns regarding your facial appearance and outline a specific treatment plan of areas to address to obtain the appearance you desire. Below are some examples of the most common areas targeted to achieve a naturally feminine appearance:

Adam’s Apple Reduction (Tracheal Shave)

A thinner, more flat throat is achieved by reducing the size of the signature adam’s apple.

Forehead Reduction and Contouring Surgery

The forehead slope is reduced to represent a more feminine vertical line and the forehead area around the eyes is softened.

Brow Lift (Browplasty)

Feminine eyebrows tend to sit higher on the face with a slight arch on the sides. Therefore, eyebrows can be lifted to enhance the feminine aesthetic. A feminine brow should lie above the brow bone (supraorbital ridge).

Hairline Lowering Surgery

The overall hairline is lowered, providing patients with a softer, more feminine (and youthful) face.

Cheek Enhancement (Augmentation & Reduction)

Depending on the current appearance of your cheeks, cheeks can either be enhanced to create a more full shape, or reduced to create a more narrow width.

Jaw Contouring (Reshaping or Tapering)

The jaw is shaped to create a more delicate, round shape.

Chin Recontouring (Genioplasty)

Depending on the specific shape of your chin, chin recontouring can include reducing, reshaping, or augmenting the shape and size.

Lip Lift and Lip Filling

The lips can be filled, lifted at the corners of the mouth, or reduced in the upper lip area.

Feminizing Earlobe Reduction

Earlobes are enhanced for a more symmetrical, feminine appearance.

Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)

Also known as a nose job, a feminine nasal tip is sculpted to create a more angular, refined appearance.

What To Expect After Your FFS Procedures

Patients can expect to have a facial appearance that is more feminine, helping them to feel more at home in their skin. The complete recovery period for FFS procedures takes one full year, but the majority of healing takes place within the first 6 weeks following the procedure.

Dr. Bastidas and his team will schedule any necessary follow-up appointments with you, and will guide you through the recovery period. Most patients return to work 2 weeks after their FFS procedure. It’s during this time period that patients can also begin to slowly incorporate their normal activities back into their daily routine.

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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.


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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.

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

No, facial feminization surgery does not hurt because patients are under general anesthesia. Dr. Bastidas and his staff want each patient to be comfortable 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.

The post-operation recovery period after FFS procedures is typically 2 to 6 weeks. This period is considered a crucial healing period for bones and tissue to heal properly. As with any major procedure, rest and proper aftercare are important during this timeframe to promote proper healing. It typically takes approximately 1 year for patients to fully recover from FFS procedures. However, during this year, patients are able to work, maintain social commitments, and continue living their lives.

Facial feminization surgery can take place over multiple phases or in a single phase. Typically in a multi-phase approach, the upper face procedures and lower face procedures are broken up into two different surgical procedures on different takes. This type of approach therefore requires a longer recovery period overall compared to a single-phase approach.