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Facial Masculinization Surgery


The goal of facial masculinization surgery is to transform the feminine features of the face to a more masculine appearance.

What words should I know about facial masculinization surgery?

Cheek augmentation

A technique whereby either dermal fillers or prosthetic implants are placed in the cheeks to augment the volume and appearance.

Chin augmentation

A surgical technique which increases the height and projection of the chin.

Forehead lengthening

A surgical technique to lengthen the forehead; it can also augment the projection of the forehead above the brows.

General anesthesia

Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.


Blood pooling beneath the skin.

Intravenous sedation

Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Jaw recontouring

A surgical technique to increase the width of the jaw and to create a more defined jaw angle.

Local anesthesia

A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.


Commonly known as a nose job, this is a technique used to masculinize the nose.

Thyroid cartilage enlargement

Also known as an Adam's apple enhancement, this technique increases the prominence of the thyroid cartilage in the neck.


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