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Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery
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Realize Your True Identity

For individuals undergoing a gender transition, there comes a time when facial surgery feels like the right next step. Gender-affirming facial surgery helps you embrace your identity and show the world who you really are from the inside out.

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Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery

The award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery are highly regarded for their facial surgery expertise. They offer compassionate care and personalized guidance to patients that want their face to match who they know themselves to be through gender-confirming facial surgery in Vero Beach, Florida.

What is Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery?

Your face tells the world a lot about you. From the subtle curve of your jawline to the position of your brows or even the shape of your nose, your facial features give away clues about your identity.

Individuals making a gender transition often feel discord when they interact with others who misconstrue their gender identity and even when they look in the mirror at themselves. When people continually peg you as the wrong gender or when you see a face that doesn’t feel true to you in the mirror, it can be disconcerting, to say the least.

At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach gender affirming facial surgery includes any cosmetic surgical procedure that alters your face so you can assume your self-identified gender. Fine-tuning your facial features so they appear more feminine or masculine can have a profound impact on how others see you and how you perceive yourself.

Facial Masculinization

For patients desiring stronger and more masculine features, Ocean Drive offers bespoke facial masculinization procedures, including:

  • Hair Transplants
  • Cheek Augmentation
  • Forehead Lengthening
  • Masculinizing Rhinoplasty
  • Chin & Jawline Contouring
  • Adam’s Apple Enhancement

Facial Feminization

Facial feminization surgery (FFS) is one of Ocean Drive’s specialties. Your customized surgical plan may include:

  • Hair Lowering
  • Cheek Implants
  • Forehead Lifting
  • Hair Transplants
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Jawline Contouring
  • Chin Augmentation
  • Feminizing Rhinoplasty
  • Tracheal Shave (‘Adams Apple Surgery’)

What Are the Benefits of Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery?

Princeton psychologists have determined it only takes a tenth of a second to form an impression based on facial features, and that impression does not change much over time. Like it or not, snap judgments about your facial appearance play a role in how people treat you and what gender they assign you in their minds. Source

Gender affirmation facial surgery solves this by helping your embrace your true self. Most transitioning patients feel a sense of relief and elation when they see their results. When your physical appearance matches how you feel on the inside, you will likely feel more comfortable, confident, and at home in your skin.

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Most patients who have the surgery reported dramatic quality of life improvements, improved mental health, and fewer incidents of gender dysphoria. They also find social interactions are less awkward since people are more likely to assign them their preferred gender at first glance.

  • Have facial features that look too feminine or masculine
  • Experience gender dysphoria related to your appearance
  • Want others to quickly and easily identify you as the correct gender
  • Are ready to take the next step and show the world who you really are
  • Feel that your preferred gender conflicts with your assigned sex at birth

Non-surgical Options

  • Kybella (Double Chin Reduction)
  • Skin Resurfacing Lasers and Microneedling
  • Neuromodulators (Masseter Jaw Reduction)

Enhancing your face and skin through non-surgical treatments allows your authentic self to come to the forefront without going under the knife. Facial fillers can add volume to the cheeks, under the eyes, and around the mouth, artistically contouring your face to the desired shape. Neuromodulators such as Botox are an excellent way to improve a boxy jawline without surgery. To reduce submental fat under the chin, a quick series of Kybella injections may be just what the doctor ordered. Ocean Drive also offers skin resurfacing treatment to illuminate, smooth, and refine textured skin. Their advanced laser, temperature, and microneedling treatments deliver real results you can see in just a few sessions.

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Am I a candidate for Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery?

To be considered for gender-affirming surgery, the ideal candidate:

  • Does not smoke
  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Is not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Does not have serious health issues
  • Has experienced long-term gender dysphoria
  • Has weighed the pros and cons of elective surgery
  • Understands that the surgical results are permanent
  • Is interested in having surgery for themselves, not to please someone else
  • Does not have mental issues that impede the ability to make medical decisions
  • Has ideally received care and support from a mental health provider specializing in gender dysphoria
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Consultation and Preparation

During your private consultation for gender affirming facial surgery Vero Beach plastic surgeons at Ocean Drive will provide you with an opportunity to openly discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals without fear of judgment. You are welcome to bring reference photos so they can get a better idea of what kind of results you hope to achieve. You may also want to bring a list of questions you want answered. After reviewing your medical and psychosocial history, they will curate a gender-affirming surgery plan that takes your wishlist and tolerance for downtime into consideration.

Your Gender-Affirming Facial Procedure

Your surgery will take place in our private, state-certified surgical facility in Ocean Drive. Depending on the nature of your procedure, you will receive general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or sedation. Your surgeon will make the necessary facial modifications discussed during your consult using extreme precision and skill.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

Recovery time is determined by the extent of your procedure. As a general rule, the more invasive the surgery, the longer the recovery. Most patients are back to work within a few days to weeks, although the downtime depends on what type of facial surgery you had. For example, most patients return to work and light activities three weeks after rhinoplasty, while those that had hairline lowering may only need a few days off work. Your surgeon will let you know what kind of downtime to expect.

If you had stitches, your surgeon will remove them a week later. Keep the wound clean and take all medications as prescribed. Above all, do not smoke as nicotine can lead to post-op complications. Once the incision heals, stay out of the sun or use SPF to help the scar fade to a fine line. Your surgeon will follow up with you regularly to ensure you are healing as expected.

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Why Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery?

Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Alan Durkin and Dr. Jimmy Chim, have won numerous awards and garnered praise from thousands of happy patients. They have been featured in Top 40 media outlets such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, VICE, Shape, and The New York Times.

They touch lives not just through surgery but also with ongoing support and hyper-focused care from consultation to recovery. Treating patients from all walks of life with the dignity and respect they deserve is key to their philosophy. When you come to Ocean Drive for gender-affirming facial surgery Vero Beach plastic surgeons Dr. Durkin and Dr. Chim will put you at ease and make you feel right at home.

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Does insurance cover gender-affirming facial surgery?

Some patients pay out of pocket for gender-confirming procedures. If eligible, your insurance carrier may require you to submit documentation such as health records demonstrating long-term gender dysphoria or a letter of support from a mental health specialist.

Schedule Your Vero Beach Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery Consultation at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery Today

Call (772) 234-3700 or use the online booking form to schedule your private consultation with a surgeon that is invested in giving you awe-inspiring results with Gender-Affirming Facial Surgery in Vero Beach. Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery has locations in Vero Beach, and Pompano Beach.

Ocean Drive MedSpa

If you're looking for alternatives to surgery for your treatment? Ocean Drive MedSpa has the perfect non-surgical solution for you. Our expert team offers non-surgical face treatments that can help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance without the need for surgery. Our state-of-the-art techniques and technologies are designed to lift and tighten the skin, giving you a more youthful and radiant look. Plus, with our minimally-invasive approach, you can enjoy quick and easy recovery with no down time. Explore our website to learn more about our non-surgical face treatments and schedule a consultation today to take the first step towards a more youthful you.

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At Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery in Vero Beach, Dr. Alan Durkin, Dr. Jimmy Chim and their team of providers deliver incredible results tailored to your needs in a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere. Learn more about the Ocean Drive difference by scheduling your one-on-one diagnostic consultation with Dr. Durkin or Dr. Chim today.