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What is facial feminization?

Facial feminization is not a single procedure; it is a set of treatments, which may be both surgical and non-surgical, to create a lovely, feminine facial appearance. As every person is unique, the procedures are chosen on an individual basis.

What procedures are performed in facial feminization?

The surgical procedures performed can include:

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Hairline lowering
  • Jaw reduction
  • Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • Facelift
  • Neck lift
  • Chin reduction
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What is the procedure?

The surgical plan devised is different for every patient. In many cases, the entire process can be performed in a single surgical session. In others, it may require two or more surgeries to create the most ideal feminine appearance.

Hairline lowering

The male hairline is prone to recede. Lowering the hairline involves treating this aesthetic condition by removing skin at the hairline to move the hairline lower on the forehead. Other treatments may include hair transplants to fill in areas where hair has diminished.


The nose structure may be larger and require reshaping to create a refined feminine look that suits the facial structure beautifully for a dramatic change in the overall facial look.

Cheek augmentation

To create a more feminine facial structure, the cheeks may be altered by adding volume at the cheeks with implants or natural fat transfer.

Forehead feminization

The forehead may require an alteration to slim the protruding bone often found at the ridge of the eyebrows.


Soft, full lips are a feminine feature. To create the look, a custom lip lift may be performed to reveal more of the inner upper lip to enhance size and shorten the distance between the nose and upper lip, or the lips can be plumped with filler or natural fat.

Chin reshaping

The male chin is typically larger and may need restructuring. This procedure is usually performed through incisions within the mouth to reduce the bone and create a V-shaped face, universally recognized as a feminine feature.

Tracheal shave

The “Adam’s apple” may be visible and require removal. It can be reduced with a surgical procedure that shaves away the cartilage that produces the protrusion for a smooth, refined neck appearance.

Eyelid surgery

It may be necessary to remove under-eye bags or loosened eyelid skin to create a more open, appealing eye look in the transformation from MTF.

Why choose Dr. Michelle Lee at PERK?

If you are engaged in the transition from MTF, facial feminization is often a critical aspect of achieving the feminine facial look you envision. When under the care of Dr. Michelle Lee at PERK Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, you can trust in her compassionate, caring approach to every procedure. These are delicate procedures that require a surgeon with inherent artistry and an exceptional level of training and experience. To find out more about Dr. Michelle Lee and her renowned clinic in Beverly Hills, PERK plastic surgery, we invite you to connect with us to discuss your vision for facial feminization surgery.

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