While you may not think about it, most people can intuitively tell whether a face is male or female based on several features, like the forehead, chin, jawline, lips, and nose. If you are transitioning from male to female, facial feminization surgery (FFS) can be an important step in making you look and feel more like a woman. To feminize a male face, triple board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Chaffoo, focuses on making the facial features softer, smaller, and rounder. At La Jolla Plastic Surgery in San Diego, CA a customized group of face surgeries are combined for your needs and goals, which may include:
- Chin reduction
- Forehead (brow) lift
- Forehead recontouring (hairline correction)
- Jawline contouring
- Lip lift and reshaping with implants or fillers
- Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
- Tracheal shave (Adam’s apple reduction)
"I truly had the best experience with La Jolla Skin! I was referred here by a friend who received micro needling and raved about how amazing her skin looked and felt after. This friend of mine recently moved to La Jolla from Beverly Hills and is definitely picky when it comes to all things beauty, so I completely trusted her recommendation. I had been wanting to do something more than just your standard facial to help the texture and appearance of my skin... acne scarring, pigmentation from the sun, large pores. I called to schedule my appointment and spoke with Jennifer who was SO sweet and helpful. When I went in for my appointment I have to admit I was a little nervous, but after consulting with Tracy I felt much more at ease. Nancy was the RN that preformed the micro needling and she too was amazing! She calmed my nerves and was just so so great. After having numbing cream on 30 mins prior to the micro needling I literally felt no pain or discomfort during the service. The machine is loud which sounds scary, but honestly it's nothing. My experience here was so wonderful and I look forward to continuing treatments with them. Highly recommend!!"- S.B. / Yelp / Sep 26, 2016
"So I had been wanting to get a rhinoplasty for a very very long time !!! I broke my nose at birth and we'll have alway had a bump on the bridge of my nose. So I always wanted to get this fixed however I was afraid of doing it because I have seen other people's results from getting rhinoplasty surgery and it just looks really fake and un natural !!! But I finally decided to do it and I research and got a few consultations from different Dr. I decided to go with Dr Chaffoo because he is triple certified and an expert on the face !!! I looked up his certifications with the board of behavioral sciences and they checked out !!! His price on the procedure was a bit hire than other Dr but I was willing to spend it since it was my face we are talking about here ! So I went in for the consultation and the consultation is Free ! I read on yelp that they charged for it but that's not true ! Also I read that the staff and sometimes Dr Chaffoo was rude but I found that also not to be true at all! The service and attention I received was amazing !!! I got the rhinoplasty and I regret not doing it sooner !!!!! The result was Amazing !!! Super natural results and I'm in love with my nose !! When they took the bandages off after the 1 week check I was so happy with the results that I started to cry. I was overwhelmed with joy and relief. The recovery process was very easy I took one week and 1 day off work and was back to regular duty !!! I only took pain medicine for the first 3 days and then completely stoped ! Not to much bruising on my face !! The results are so natural no one has noticed I had the procedure done !!! I can because I'm obsessed with looking at how beautiful my nose is but it looks so natural no one can tell !!! Oh and bonus they offer financing with no interest !! All in all I would come here again !! I'm so happy with the result and I am so grateful with Dr Chaffoo and his staff !!! If you are thinking about getting a procedure done you are it good hands with Dr Chaffoo ! My only regret is not doing it sooner !!!"- V.A. / Yelp / Dec 08, 2017
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"Dr. Chaffoo is a great surgeon and is kind, gentle, experienced and has a great bedside manner. His staff (Nancy and Tracy) are equally as attentive and thorough. I felt safe and confident. I had my breast implants removed and a lift and a fat transfer to balance them. He did a great job. I am very happy with the results. I would recommend him to anyone."- S.E. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2017
"Dr. Chaffoo is a great surgeon and is kind, gentle, experienced and has a great bedside manner. His staff (Nancy and Tracy) are equally as attentive and thorough. I felt safe and confident. He did a great job. I am very happy with the results. I would recommend him to anyone."- S.E. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2017
- Adam’s apple reduction: also known as a tracheal shave, Dr. Chaffoo 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 rounding the 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 the patient’s face
Facial feminization surgery can be performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the procedures that are included in the patient’s plan. Dr. Chaffoo will perform the chosen procedures at a fully accredited surgical facility using minimal incisions in less visible locations to improve the final result. Patients may be able to go home after their surgery or they may be kept for observation for 1 – 2 nights. Before the patient goes home, Dr. Chaffoo or a member of his staff will schedule a follow up appointment and go over care and recovery instructions, including when the patient can return to work and exercise.
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Visible Facial Scars?
All surgeries require incisions, which leave scars, but for facial feminization, Dr. Chaffoo will use minimal incisions that are placed in easily concealed or camouflaged areas of the face. Dr. Chaffoo will also help the patient develop and follow a scar management plan that will ensure the surgical incisions heal quickly and flat. In general, patients consider the benefits they get from facial feminization surgery to be greater than the drawback of small scars.
To improve healing after facial surgery, patients should hold ice packs to their face for a few minutes several times each day. Patients are encouraged to keep their head elevated as much as possible. Dr. Chaffoo will schedule follow-up appointments after the surgery at his office in La Jolla, CA to check the healing and progress of the patient that should not be missed.
During the patient’s initial consultation at La Jolla Plastic Surgery, Dr. Chaffoo will listen to the patient’s needs, concerns, and goals before assessing the face and deciding which procedures will be best in their unique facial feminization surgery. Depending on the patient’s natural face, more or less procedures may be needed to reach the best result.