FACIAL FEMINIZATION SURGERY
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The best way to begin discussing Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) is to pose the following question: is the face important when it comes to recognizing a person’s gender? The answer to this question is based on conceptual, anatomical, clinical and surgical parameters.
From a very early age, everyone is able to recognize whether a face is male or female, long before learning about genital differences. The perception of gender through facial features occurs in a single glance, is involuntarily and definitive. While other parts of the body can be hidden, camouflaged or exaggerated to appear more feminine, feminizing facial features is often difficult to create without the appropriate FFS, or Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery (FGCS). The importance of modifying facial gender in the transition protocol is clear; it is without a doubt as important as hormone therapy and genital reconstruction. Feminizing what are visually identified as masculine facial traits raises the self-esteem and confidence of patients, leading to greater acceptance in their personal circles, better adaptation in the workplace, and a dramatic decline in social rejection which, unfortunately, a large number of transgender patients continue to experience to this day.[3, 4]