About Facial Feminization
Facial feminization surgery (FFS) at Schoemann Plastic Surgery in La Jolla and Encinitas, CA focuses on surgically revising the features of the face from masculine to feminine. Many transgender patients find that having this procedure is an important part of their transition. Male facial features, like the short brow, Adam's apple, wide jaw, and a hard-lined facial profile all show masculine features naturally. With an experienced plastic surgeon, there are surgical procedures that can soften masculine jawlines, reduce the size of a bulbous Adam's apple, recontour the cheeks, and much more with facial feminization surgery.
If you are looking for a surgeon to perform FFS, our board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Schoemann, has the knowledge and skill to combine a group of facial plastic surgeries that can create smaller features with softer lines and much more. The procedures that are most commonly included in facial feminization surgeries are:
- Adam’s apple reduction (tracheal shave)
- Brow lift
- Cheek augmentation
- Chin recontouring
- Forehead recontouring (hairline correction)
- Jaw contouring
- Lip lift and reshaping
"My Husband recently had a surf accident that broke his Jaw. Dr. Schoemann was our saving grace. He made him self available that night in the ER to meet with us and discuss the surgery. He was able to get surgery done the next day. He was available by phone to answer any questions prior to surgery. He did an amazing job on the surgery and gave us such piece of mind putting us at ease through out the whole process. Every follow up visit has been incredible with not only with amazing care but his office is so friendly and on-time. We never feel rushed we have time to think and ask questions. We feel so fortunate to have had him in our time of emergency. We wanted to let everyone how incredible he is with face and jaw repair."- P.S. / Yelp / Apr 25, 2018
"Can't say enough about this doctor or staff . they are so kind and skilled. I've had three procedures done and I'm a very happy customer ? very reasonably priced to !"- K.E. / Facebook / Feb 02, 2018
"I highly recommend doctor Schoemann . - Wonderful he was kind and easy to talk to. Answered all my questions. And did an excellent job. Also I cannot say enough about the staff they are kind and accommodating. I don't exactly look like all of the people that come in there I'm younger I had tattoos colored hair piercings. I felt a little nervous , that I wouldn't fit in but not for a second that I feel judged. They also have..."- K.3. / RealSelf / Feb 02, 2018
"One year post op from breast augmentation and I could not be happier!!! Dr. Schoemann is one of the best and most caring plastic surgeons, so highly recommend him. Enjoyed his services so much that I have gone back to him twice now for botox and now that he has a UltraPulse CO2 Resurfacing Laser that is going to even further minimize fine lines, correct discoloration and clear up some acne scarring. I have referred several people to Dr. Schoemann now and all of them have been pleased with his work as well."- M.S. / Yelp / Jan 11, 2018
"One of the best!! - A little over one year post op from breast augmentation and I could not be happier!!! They look so real and natural. Dr. Schoemann really listened to what I wanted and is one of the best and most caring plastic surgeons, so I highly recommend him. In fact I have enjoyed his services so much that I have gone back to him twice now for botox injections. He now has a UltraPulse CO2 Resurfacing..."- M. / RealSelf / Jan 11, 2018
Facial feminization surgery is a highly personalized procedure for patients over the age of 18. If you are ready to proceed with FFS, you will need to be in great physical and mental health to endure the combination of surgeries required to fulfill your aesthetic goals. Dr. Schoemann will have an in-depth consultation with you in his office. To not only get to know you better, but the consultation is also a time Dr. Schoemann gathers information about how you see yourself, what you would like to change, what your expectations are with FFS surgery, and examine your facial structure to see what the possibilities are in changing your appearance. Your facial bone structure, hairline, weight, skin elasticity, and medical issues will also be discussed as they are contributing factors to your candidacy. Dr. Schoemann will decide what surgical strategies and techniques he can use to perform your transformation surgery.
There are a variety of surgical procedures that you may qualify for when inquiring about facial feminization surgery. You may only desire to change on aspect of your appearance or require a combination of procedures to achieve the appearance you want to present as a woman. Here is a list of FFS surgical possibilities:
- Adam’s apple reduction: Also known as a tracheal shave, Dr. Schoemann carefully removes thyroid cartilage from the neck to reduce or eliminate the Adam’s apple
- Brow lift: A browplasty raises and/or reshapes the eyebrows so they are higher on the face and have a clear arched shape
- Cheek augmentation: The mid-face can be made fuller with implants or a fat transfer that increases the projection of the cheeks. A cheek reduction can improve cheeks that are too wide or strong
- Chin recontouring: A genioplasty or mentoplasty reduces the width and height of the chin while creating a rounder shape
- Forehead recontouring/reduction: A feminine hairline tends to be lower so a forehead reduction (also called a hairline lowering, scalp advancement, hairline correction, or forehead recontouring) moves the hairline to create a shorter forehead
- Jaw contouring: For a more feminine jawline, the jawbone is shaved to make the jaw narrower, shorter, and rounder
- Lip lift and reshaping: To adjust the size and proportion of the upper and lower lips to appear more feminine, the upper lip is reduced and moved higher while the fullness of the lower lip is increased with an implant or fat transfer
- Rhinoplasty: To make a more feminine nose, the length, width, and projection are reduced to best fit the proportions of your face
What to Expect
Your FFS can be performed under a general or local anesthesia, depending on the procedures that are included in your customized treatment plan. Dr. Schoemann will typically perform the chosen procedures at Schoemann Plastic Surgery Center's fully accredited surgical facility, using minimal incisions in less visible locations to improve the final result. You may be able to go home after your surgery but could be kept for observation for 1 – 2 nights, depending on what treatments were performed. Before you go home, a member of our team will schedule you a follow-up appointment and go over incision care and recovery instructions (including when you can return to work and exercise).
Soft Feminine Results
Dr. Schoemann is passionate about providing the comprehensive results you desire. We want you to feel a part of the treatment planning by having a say in the process by consulting with Dr. Schoeman. He will meet with you one-on-one in his office, listen to your plastic surgery requests, and provide feedback on how you want your facial features to look. If you feel that facial feminization surgery is an aesthetic avenue you would like to explore, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Schoemann Plastic Surgery in La Jolla or Encinitas, CA. During this appointment, you can expect to feel heard and understood as we create a customized treatment plan to help you transition with beautiful, natural-looking results.