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Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery

What is Gender Affirming
Jaw Surgery?

Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery, overseen by Dr. Kristopher M. Day MD at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, encompasses a range of procedures tailored to align the appearance of the jaw with an individual’s gender identity. These surgeries, also referred to as facial feminization surgery (FFS) or masculinization surgery, involve reshaping the jawline to achieve a more feminine or masculine aesthetic. Techniques such as jaw reduction or augmentation, chin reshaping, and genioplasty may be utilized to attain the desired facial contour. Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery is a crucial step for transgender individuals on their journey of transition, offering relief from gender dysphoria and fostering a greater sense of alignment with one’s identity.

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Good Candidates for Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery

Ideal candidates for Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery, overseen by Dr. Day, are transgender individuals seeking to align their facial features with their gender identity. These individuals may experience gender dysphoria related to the appearance of their jawline and seek feminization or masculinization to better reflect their true selves. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. They should also have a stable mental health status and be committed to the transition process. Dr. Day evaluates each patient individually to determine their candidacy and develops a personalized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals.

Benefits of Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery

Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, performed with precision by Kristopher M. Day, is a transformative procedure for individuals seeking to align their jawline with their gender identity. Dr. Day specializes in reshaping the jaw to reflect more masculine or feminine characteristics, as desired by the patient. This tailored surgery focuses on creating a harmonious balance with the patient’s overall facial structure, ensuring a natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome. Dr. Day’s approach is compassionate and customized, considering both the physical and emotional aspects of gender transition. This procedure not only enhances the facial contours but also plays a crucial role in the patient's journey towards self-realization and confidence, making Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery a pivotal step in aligning one's appearance with their true self.

What to Expect During
Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery

At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery typically begins with anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout. Depending on the specific goals and anatomy of the patient, the surgical approach may involve reshaping the jawbone, adjusting the chin, or modifying the jaw angle. Incisions are strategically placed to minimize visible scarring, and techniques such as bone shaving, augmentation, or repositioning may be utilized to achieve the desired results. The surgery is meticulously tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals, with Dr. Day ensuring optimal aesthetic and functional outcomes.

Recovering From
Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery

Following Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery performed by Dr. Kristopher M. Day MD at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, recovery involves several stages. Initially, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the jaw area, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses. Patients will need to adhere to post-operative instructions, including dietary restrictions, oral hygiene protocols, and activity limitations. Swelling and bruising typically peak within the first few days and gradually subside over the following weeks. Patients may also experience temporary numbness or stiffness in the jaw region, which improves as healing progresses. Full recovery and final results may take several months, during which regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Day monitor progress and address any concerns. Overall, adherence to post-operative care instructions is crucial for optimal healing and achieving the desired outcome of the surgery.

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Results From Your Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery

After undergoing Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery conducted by Dr. Kristopher M. Day MD at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, patients can anticipate a redefined jawline that corresponds with their gender identity. This may involve achieving a more feminine or masculine jaw contour, tailored to meet individual preferences. The procedure effectively addresses concerns related to a prominent or angular jawline, resulting in a softer, more balanced facial appearance. As swelling diminishes and healing progresses, patients will notice enhanced facial proportions and a refined facial profile, contributing to increased confidence and a greater sense of alignment with their true gender identity.

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Frequently Asked Questions About
Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery

Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery is a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping the jawline to align with an individual's gender identity. This surgery can modify the size, shape, and overall contour of the jaw to present more feminine or masculine characteristics.

Ideal candidates are transgender or non-binary individuals seeking to alter their jawline to reflect their gender identity. Candidates should be in overall good health, have realistic expectations, and be on a stable hormone therapy regimen, if applicable.

The Gender Affirming Jaw Surgery can vary but generally involves cutting and reshaping the jawbone, sometimes in combination with chin surgery. Techniques and approaches are tailored to each individual’s goals and facial anatomy.

Recovery time varies; patients typically experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. Most patients resume normal activities within a few weeks, with complete healing taking several months.

Risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and complications related to anesthesia, as well as specific risks associated with bone surgery, such as nerve damage. Dr. Day will discuss these in detail during your consultation.

The results of gender affirming jaw surgery are generally considered permanent, with significant and lasting changes in the jawline's appearance.

Incisions are typically made inside the mouth to minimize visible scarring. However, like all surgeries, some scarring may occur and will be discussed by Dr. Day.

Costs vary depending on the specifics of the surgery. A detailed quote will be provided during your consultation.

Bring a list of current medications, relevant medical history, and specific goals or concerns regarding the surgery.