Facial Feminization Surgery

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m considering getting facial feminization surgery but I want to know the cost, recovery time and the amount of pain to be expected. I want to get the most change of my face that I can but am not sure how much I can really achieve. You are the facial feminization surgery expert so I would need your guidance as to what would be best for me.

A: Facial feminization surgery is a broad collection of hard and soft tissue procedures that are individually selected for each patient based on what has the best value to help change the shape of their face. There is no standard FFS surgery where everyone gets exactly the same procedures. I would need to see pictures of your face to make an assessment with computer imaging to see what works best for you before any cost quote can be given. Regardless of the exact procedures, FFS is always a compilation of numerous procedures that will cause a lot of swelling and takes about three weeks until one looks fairly normal and non-surgical…but really complete recovery from this type of facial reshaping surgery takes up to three months for everything to completely normalize.

Dr. Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana