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Our faces reflect our personality, our uniqueness and our disposition, so it’s only natural that you would want to refine your beauty through the facial feminization process. Using a conservative technique that minimizes scarring, Dr. Saigal is able to create elegant facial contours that reflect your authentic self and allow you to feel more confident in your appearance.

What is facial feminization?

While there is no right or wrong way to look like a woman, the shape of certain features do create a more traditionally feminine or masculine aesthetic, depending on their dimensions, placement and shape. Men tend to have wider jaws, stronger noses, higher foreheads, flatter cheeks, and thinner lips. Women tend to have more heart-shaped faces with softer features.

Facial feminization for transgender women is a wonderful way to enhance the appearance and feel more confident in one’s skin. It is a set of several procedures performed at once and can include changes to the chin, cheeks, forehead, nose and the lips. Each procedure is highly customized, so Dr. Saigal will meet with you for an in-depth consultation, during which he will listen carefully to your concerns and make his best recommendation for improvement.

What are the benefits of facial feminization?

  • Softer, more elegant facial contours
  • Enhanced femininity
  • Fuller, plumper lips
  • Arched brows
  • A more delicate nose
  • Increased sense of authenticity
  • Improved self-confidence

Chondrolaryngoplasty

Chondrolaryngoplasty is the medical name for the procedure to reduce the projection of an Adam’s apple. It is often referred to as a “tracheal shave.” The procedure involves placing a small incision at the throat, and then meticulously shaving off some of the cartilage that creates a projecting Adam’s apple – considered a masculine feature. A tracheal shave is one of the procedures performed in a custom facial feminization performed by Dr. Saigal.

A feminine neck structure is smooth and does not have a larger, projecting Adam’s Apple. This feature typically develops in men during puberty. The surgery involves shaving thin layers of cartilage off the projection to create a more feminine, smooth appearance to the neck profile.

Chondrolaryngoplasty - Before and After

Who is a good candidate for facial feminization?

Facial feminization procedures can help you feel more aligned with your own image of yourself, and can also help to correct the signs of aging as a side benefit. If you are in good health, both emotionally and physically with no major medical issues, you may be an excellent candidate for surgery. Clients should be non-smokers, and they should have realistic expectations for their results, based on a private consultation with Dr. Saigal in Orlando.

What will recovery entail?

Recovery will vary for each patient because of the personalized nature of the procedure. Surgery performed for the nose, cheeks, Adam's apple and chin may take several weeks of rest. Forehead or jaw surgery may require even more time to recuperate. While the pain will be kept to a minimum with prescribed medications, swelling make take some time to heal. Dr. Saigal will walk you through the entire recovery process during your private Orlando consultation.

After several consults with other physicians, I knew Dr. Saigal was going to be the one I was going to choose as soon as I stepped into his office. He truly goes out of his way for his patients and he is obviously passionate about his work. He listens to you and aims to give you exactly what you want while keeping it real. I’m a pretty anxious person but after meeting him I had no doubts the result would be everything I wanted, and it was more. Recovery wasn’t bad at all. I would do it 10 times over again if I had to. Wonderful experience... do yourself a favor and schedule a consult!

What are the fees for facial feminization in Orlando?

There are several components within the facial feminization procedure, and each patient will require a different focus to accomplish their goals and wishes. For this reason, Dr. Saigal will need to complete a physical evaluation with you during your consultation in order to give you the most accurate quote for his services. We will also work with you to obtain any necessary financing for your procedure.

Why select Dr. Saigal for my procedure?

Dr. Saigal is a very friendly, accepting person who gets a great deal of joy seeing his patients achieve their cosmetic goals and feel good about how they look. He uses state-of-the-art technology in a cutting edge setting to produce beautiful, nuanced and natural-looking results. Patients are treated like family and honored as unique individuals who each require a tailored approach that fits their lifestyle, comfort level and anatomy.

Facial Feminization - Before and After

Why does facial feminization vary for each patient? Why isn’t it standardized?

Facial feminization is surgery for people who want to soften their features into a look or shape that is traditionally recognized as feminine. Just as you are unique, facial feminization is a surgery that is unique to you and is tailored to your needs. Facial feminization generally revolves around creating more refined contours on the face and neck, changing nose shape and bone structure. It can also sometimes incorporate soft tissue surgeries, such as a facelift or neck lift.

What is involved in facial feminization?

Dr. Saigal puts your health and wellbeing first and foremost. In consultation with you, he will work to determine the procedures that will best help you achieve your ultimate health goals and outcomes. His procedures are geared to create the least amount of scarring. Some of the components that could be part of your facial feminization are:

  • Lip Lift: This reduces the distance between the base of the nose and the upper lip. It also changes the orientation of the lips for a more feminine, upward curl.
  • Tracheal Shave: Dr. Saigal can help reduce the appearance of the Adam’s apple.
  • Rhinoplasty: Otherwise known as a nose job, rhinoplasty contours your nose to fit within feminine norms while staying in proportion with the rest of your features.
  • Jaw Surgery: In the back of your jaw, the bone turns up. Dr. Saigal smooths sharp protruding parts of it.
  • Genioplasty: Genioplasty is a modification of the chin. It is generally a reduction in which the chin structure is smoothed and shaved down. There are some instances, however, when an augmentation could be recommended.
  • Forehead Contouring: This involves reducing the brow bone and recontouring any hard angles of the forehead.

What is the preparation for facial feminization?

Dr. Saigal will share with you the course of pre-surgery actions for your ultimate and best health outcomes. Make sure you share with Dr. Saigal any medications you regularly take, including hormone therapy. He will let you know if there needs to be any alterations to your medications leading up to your procedure. Do not make any changes to your medications without approval from your doctor.

What is recovery from facial feminization like?

Most patients who have facial feminization experience swelling, pain, and redness in the areas around which they had their component procedures. Dr. Saigal recommends that you do not overexert yourself for four to six weeks. You can return to a more vigorous exercise routine after you have fully healed from your facial feminization, which may require a month or two.

When can I see the results from my facial feminization?

As you heal from your procedures, the results will be revealed – a very rewarding experience. Dr. Saigal will continue to support your healing process and will be monitoring you throughout your recovery. The optimal results of your procedures area achieved at several months and up to a year, depending upon which procedures were performed, with the most changes typically becoming visible and looking natural after about two to three months.

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