American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals

Facial Feminization Surgery

Feminizing Facial Surgery

The goal of facial feminization surgery, or feminizing facial surgery, is to transform the masculine features of the face to a more feminine or nonbinary appearance.

How should I prepare for facial feminization surgery?

In preparing for facial feminization surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Facial feminization surgery is typically performed in a hospital or ambulatory surgery setting, and will likely use general anesthesia. Some additional procedures may be performed on an outpatient basis, depending on the extent of feminization required. These decisions will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and in consideration of your preferences and your doctor’s best judgment.


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