After facial feminization surgery procedures, patients are eager to return to their daily activities and routine. From working out to returning to their jobs and participating in social activities, each individual who receives FFS is always looking forward to beginning this next chapter in their new life.
Recovery from any FFS procedure is always on a sliding scale - It typically takes most patients approximately 2 to 3 weeks to begin feeling great, when a significant amount of healing takes place. However, it takes approximately one full year for complete healing to occur. That being said, patients can still begin to gradually incorporate their normal daily activities back into their routine typically around 2 weeks following the procedure. Of course, the exact amount of time it takes for a patient to fully recover will depend on their overall health, medical history, and the specific gender-affirming procedures that were performed.
Here is a general summary of what to expect during an FFS recovery:
FFS General Recovery Stages
Once a patient leaves the facility after their FFS procedure, they are provided with specific post-op instructions that contain detail on wound care, medication management, and any other necessary information for a healthy recovery. The goal during all stages of recovery is for patients to heal properly with minimal levels of discomfort.
Again, the exact recovery time will vary for each patient, but it generally occurs in the following stages:
24 to 48 Hours Following Surgery: The first one to two days require patients to have a diet primarily of liquids. Patients stay in the hospital for at least one night and before leaving to return home, a surgical drain is removed and bandages are changed.
1 to 2 Weeks Following Surgery: During this recovery period, patients will need to get plenty of rest. Rest is key for a successful recovery. To help with comfort levels, patients are prescribed medications for up to 2 weeks (or occasionally longer, depending on the procedures performed). It’s typically recommended patients take Extra Strength Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or a similar over-the-counter medication.
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: Patients can typically return to work at the 2 week-mark. Bones and tissue begin to heal during this timeframe, and rest is still very important, even if the patient has returned to work. Many patients find it helpful to gradually ease back into their work schedule within this 2 to 6 week timeframe.
Patients can expect scarring to become red or raised and then begin to flatten. Any numbness might start slowly improving. Dissolvable sutures will fall out during this period.
More Than 6 Weeks Following Surgery: Upon instruction from Dr. Bastidas and his team, patients can continue to slowly incorporate activity back into their routine.
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.
There are several areas that can be sculpted in facial feminization surgery. The below are a few examples of the areas that can be targeted to achieve a more naturally feminine appearance.
Adam’s Apple Reduction (Tracheal Shave)
A thinner, more flat throat is achieved by reducing the size of the signature male adam’s apple.
Brow Lift (Browplasty)
Feminine eyebrows tend to sit higher on the face with a slight arch on the sides. Therefore, a man’s eyebrows are lifted to enhance the feminine aesthetic.
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.
Chin Recontouring (Genioplasty)
Depending on the specific shape of your chin, chin recontouring can include reducing, reshaping, or augmenting the shape and size.
Feminizing Earlobe Reduction
Earlobes are enhanced for a more symmetrical, feminine appearance.
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.
Hairline Lowering Surgery
The overall hairline is lowered, providing patients with a softer, more feminine (and youthful) face.
Jaw Contouring (Reshaping or Tapering)
The jaw is shaped to create a more delicate, round shape.
Lip Lift and Lip Filling
The lips can be filled, lifted at the corners of the mouth, or reduced in the upper lip area.
Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)
Also known as a nose job, a feminine nasal tip is sculpted create a more angular, refined appearance.
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.
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.