When we meet people in our daily lives, faces are typically what we notice first. Naturally, everyone wants their face to accurately represent the beauty of who they are. When a transgender person feels that their true self is not in harmony with what the world sees from the outside, it can can cause unnecessary distress.

While there is no standard template for what a female face "looks like", there are some common and easily identifiable differences between the sexes. Due to the high levels of testosterone produced in natal males, they tend to have wider chins with angular jawlines, more pronounced foreheads with higher hairlines, flatter cheeks, larger noses, and thinner lips.

Overall, men tend to have square shaped faces with sharp corners, while women often have heart-shaped faces with softer edges.

Of course, maintaining Hormone Replacement Therapy can feminize the face or even prevent masculinization if started before the advent of puberty, many transgender individuals were not afforded that opportunity. Fortunately, there is a surgical option available.

With Facial Feminization in Los Angeles, Dr. Sinclair utilizes cutting-edge surgical techniques to transform and feminize the facial appearance for transgender women. Because the face is made up of many different parts, Facial Feminization is actually a collection of different procedures that can be performed during a single surgery. No two faces are alike, so pre-operative analysis is key. During your consultation, Dr. Sinclair will analyze your face, discuss your desired results, address your individual concerns, and create a surgical plan specifically for you. With many years of experience as a surgeon for the transgender community, Dr. Sinclair has the specific skills to create the feminizing changes you are seeking.

Who makes a good candidate for facial feminization surgery?

Clients considering facial feminization surgery should make sure they are seeking to change their appearances for themselves, and not to conform with any external pressures, societal or otherwise.

The surgery is a good fit if you have persistent gender dysphoria; you have already been living as a woman; you are legally able to consent to surgery; you are mentally and physically healthy, with all medical and psychological conditions under control; and you are realistic in what you believe the surgery can achieve.

What can I expect from my recovery?

After surgery, your incisions will be dressed with gauze or bandages. In some cases, a compression garment may be worn to help minimize postoperative swelling. You may be fitted with small drainage tubes to help escort excess fluids and blood out of the body. You will receive a detailed aftercare plan going over pain medications; wound care; showering; sleeping; eating and drinking; exercising; and returning to work.

Your recovery period will be unique to the number of procedures you underwent and the placement of your incisions. Swelling typically subsides within a few weeks, at which point you will be able to begin enjoying your beautiful new facial contours. We will schedule follow up appointments with you as needed to make sure your recovery remains on track.

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Facial Feminization FAQ

How does Dr. Sinclair determine how to feminize my face?

Dr. Sinciair will analyze your facial proportions and design a plan that fits your desires and expectations. Of all the surgeries, facial feminization has the most options and choices. Complications can occur before, during and after surgery--this is most true for FFS. If inadequate attention is paid to planning your surgery you are not likely to be satisfied. The relationship of the facial components are as important, if not more so than anyone particular part. The hair line, hair density, forehead, brow, eyelids, eye bones, cheeks, nose, lips, chin, jaw, adams apple, and facial skin must be analyzed to make a comprehensive plan.

Can all of the feminization be done in one surgery?

Yes, but it does not have to be done in one surgery. At times budgetary and recovery constraints will favor a staged approach.

Can feminization be combined with other surgeries?

Yes it can be combined with breast augmentation and liposuction, sometimes with GCS depending upon how much FFS in Beverly Hills is done. It cannot be combined with buttock augmentation because of positioning issues.

What is done for the hairline?

The hairline is usually advanced. If micro and mini grafts are needed they will placed at a later date.

What technique is used for the frontal bone?

Preoperatively a decision will be made whether contouring the bone by “shaving”, adding alloplastic material to reshape the forehead, or resetting the anterior wall of the front sinus needs to be done.

How long does recovery take?

Recovery depends upon which surgery is done. Nasal, cheek, chin, adams apple and lip techniques usually require a one week recovery. Forehead and jaw techniques require at least a two week recovery. The surgery is not particularly painful, swelling is usually the determining factor as to when there is a return to social function.

Which implant does Dr. Sinclair use?

Dr. Sinclair uses silicone and polyethylene (Medpor) implants. If you want implants you will have a choice.

Are the alternatives to facial implants?

Your fat can be used to “volumize” your face as well as “off the shelf” fillers like hydroxuappatite (Radiesse) or hylauronic acid (Voluma) for your Facial Feminization Surgery in Beverly Hills.


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We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sinclair to discuss how he can assist you with your transition. Consultations for elective cosmetic procedures are complimentary.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated - June 26th 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and

With this in mind, we are offering virtual consultations to patients via face time, however, face-to-face in-office consultation are still available. We are still seeing post-operative patients and patients requiring ongoing treatments. To schedule, a virtual consultation or in-office consultation call our office.

Please know that we are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and doing our part to make sure that you are protected

  • We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:
  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • Appointments will be staggered to avoid congestion in the waiting room.
  • Checking temperatures of every patient that comes into the office.
  • Asking all staff, vendors and ancillary personnel to refrain from coming to the office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention.
  • Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility).

However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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