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Many transgender women would like to alter their faces to appear less masculine, and more feminine. Fortunately, leading plastic surgeon Dr. Javad Sajan has extensive experience with these types of procedures, altering the hairline, brow, nose and chin to sculpt a distinctly feminine look that's all your own.
Understanding facial feminization
Facial feminization refers to a group of procedures that are designed to transform the face from male to female. For patients who are transitioning, it's a critical step in confirming their gender and feeling as though their outer appearance matches their inner identity.
At the core, male and female faces look very different. For example, a woman's face is generally smaller and more delicate, while a man's face tends to be larger and feature more pronounced angles. Women have thinner, arched eyebrows, while men possess a heavier, lower brow. The female nose tends to be smaller and slightly upturned, while the male nose is broad and features a wider tip. And finally, the female chin tends to be considerably less prominent.
Facial feminization surgery with Dr. Sajan involves taking all of these nuances into account and altering the face accordingly, creating a brand new appearance that feels more like you.
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Facial feminization procedures
Thanks to Dr. Sajan's extensive experience with facial feminization surgery, his patients in Seattle and surrounding areas have access to virtually any procedure they need to achieve a more feminine appearance. The most common surgeries performed as part of this transformation include:
While male cheeks are broad and flat, females have refined and sculpted cheeks. To achieve the pronounced cheek area many transgender women want, Dr. Sajan will likely recommend a fat transfer, bone grafting or the use of implants.
Men and women tend to have very different noses. To feminize this important feature, Dr. Sajan will begin by creating an incision along the columella, which is the piece of cartilage at the base of the nose that separates your nostrils. From there, he will subtly address your masculine characteristics. For example, he may reduce the hump, narrow the bridge and refine the nasal tip. In addition, he will address any asymmetry to ensure a balanced final outcome.
The most feminine lips are full, pouty and sensual – and that's exactly what Dr. Sajan is able to deliver for transgender women. Depending on your needs, this may be accomplished with a fat transfer, dermal fillers or a surgical lip lift.
A universal indicator of masculinity is a strong, angular jaw. As such, it's one of the first areas transgender women typically want to address. Through a discreet incision inside the mouth, Dr. Sajan can taper the jaw and cut away excess bone, achieving a smaller and more feminine appearance.
Dr. Sajan has plenty of experience altering the brow to appear more feminine. To begin, he will create an incision discreetly hidden within your hairline. Through that opening, he will remove excess bone so that your forehead appears less prominent and elevate the eyebrows to create feminine angles.
Discover the real you
When performed correctly, facial feminization can match your physical appearance to your gender identity – boosting both your confidence and your quality of life. Contact Dr. Sajan's Seattle office today for a consultation, and learn more about how these transformative procedures can unveil the real you.