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Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS) Bellevue  

Facial Masculinization Surgery
(FMS) Bellevue

As a nonbinary or transgender male, you may feel that your inner self does not align with how you look on the outside. The good news is that facial masculinization surgery creates stronger, more angular facial features helping to match your physical characteristics with your gender identity.

At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, we’re pleased to offer facial masculinization surgery (FMS) performed by our board-certified craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Kris Day. His specialized expertise in craniofacial and transgender surgeries allows him to perform facial masculinization to the highest standards. Keep reading to learn more about facial masculinization and if it is the right next step for you.

What is Facial Masculinization?

Facial masculinization aims to transform the face to have a more “masculine appearance.” This means undergoing various surgical procedures to reshape the tissues and bones of the face. The common mix of procedures for facial masculinization includes jawline enhancement, chin augmentation, and brow enhancement.

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Jawline Enchancement

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Jawline enhancement is one of the procedures in facial masculinization surgery. It involves creating a stronger, more chiseled, and defined jaw through implants and reshaping of the bone.

Chin Augmentation

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Chin augmentation is another procedure that may be performed in facial masculinization. This surgery involves using implants and reshaping existing bone structure to enhance the prominence of the chin.

Brow Ehancement

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Brow enhancement is another possible surgery performed in facial masculization, involving fat transfer around the eyebrows to thicken the area.

Good Candidates for Facial Masculinization Surgery

You are a good candidate for this surgery if you have a solid desire to masculinize specific facial features, such as your forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, or jaw. Ideal candidates also meet the following requirements:

  • You have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria (there is a mismatch between your biological sex and gender identity.)
  • You’d like to align your physical characteristics with your true gender
  • You are of the age of consent for this type of procedure
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations of what this surgery entails
  • If you struggle with any mental health conditions, they must be well-controlled at the time of the surgery


Benefits of a Facial Masculinization Surgery

There are many benefits to undergoing facial masculinization surgery in Bellevue. Above all, this surgery will ensure that how you look on the outside matches how you identify on the inside. This will improve your self-confidence, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. This procedure may also help minimize feelings of depression or anxiety that one has due to gender dysphoria.

Preparing For a Facial
Masculinization Consultation

Before your facial masculinization surgery, you’ll have an extensive consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kris Day. During this consultation, he’ll review your medical background, transition history, past surgeries, medication regimen, and desired physical appearance. You will also review various before and after photos so that he can understand your desired surgical outcome. He will also evaluate your facial features, taking measurements and X-rays. Dr. Day knows the decision to undergo this procedure is highly personal to each patient, so he goes above and beyond to ensure you are completely comfortable.

At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, we follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards of care, which include the collection of a letter from a licensed mental health professional. This letter confirms that another clinician has diagnosed gender dysphoria and the patient’s desire to undertake an irreversible procedure.

What to Expect During Facial Masculinization Surgery

Facial masculinization is an outpatient procedure that takes place at our accredited plastic surgery center in Bellevue. Dr. Day will ensure that you are entirely comfortable and that any questions you have are answered on the day of the surgery.

There are a few options for facial masculinization surgery, but it typically entails a jawline enhancement, chin augmentation, and brow enhancement through fat transfers.

You can expect your surgery to be based on your unique goals and Dr. Days’ surgical recommendations. No matter what procedures you decide on, he’ll collaborate with other providers, such as your primary care physician and psychiatrist, to ensure you receive top-quality care. His primary goal is to create facial features that reflect your male identity while ensuring natural-looking results.

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Recovering From Your Facial Masculinization Surgery

After your facial masculinization surgery in Bellevue, Dr. Kris Day and our team will provide you with thorough recovery instructions. During the first few days following the procedure, you should sleep with your face up and your head slightly elevated. You may experience some swelling and tenderness, which is completely normal and will likely subside after two weeks. We also ask that you avoid alcohol, smoking, vigorous exercise, heat, and humidity for at least two weeks. You’ll visit our Bellevue office for follow-up appointments so that Dr. Day can monitor the healing process and see how you are liking the results.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Facial Masculinization

Like any other surgery, facial masculinization carries the potential risk of adverse side effects. These include facial numbness, bleeding, swelling, bruising, pain, discomfort, infections, and hematomas. Rest assured, Dr. Kris Day is extremely experienced and dedicated to minimizing any and all risks.

Since facial masculinization is so customized to the individual, costs will vary. Costs are typically a cumulation of surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, prescriptions, ordered medical tests, x-rays, and post-surgery dressings and garments. Sometimes patients can get insurance to cover a portion of these surgical costs.

Yes. Most insurance companies cover at least a partial amount of facial masculinization surgery, though you may have to meet specific criteria. At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, we accept a wide variety of insurance providers and will also offer you a detailed quote if you choose not to use insurance.

The length of time depends on the type of procedures being performed. However, if your surgery involves a jawline enhancement, chin augmentation, and brow enhancement, it typically lasts anywhere from three to four hours.