Facial feminization surgery, is the term given to a constellation of surgical procedure that are designed to alter a masculine face to create a feminine face. Facial feminization surgery is also known as FFS. While occasionally desired by women to reduce masculine facial characteristics, these procedures are often sought by those undergoing transition from male to female. Transgendered individuals and male to female (MTF) transsexuals may desire facial feminization surgery to transform the face and facilitate passing in public as a woman.
Facial feminization surgery is important because the face commonly provides the first visual clues and impression people have regarding the sex of an individual. While other body parts can be hidden or exaggerated to appear more feminine, for the most part it's difficult to create feminine face features without facial feminization surgery.
Facial feminization surgery involves bony and soft tissue surgery of the face, neck, and thyroid cartilage. Some doctors include facial hair removal and hair transplants as part of facial feminization surgery.
Facial feminization surgery involves facial plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery and reconstructive surgery. Though the skills required for facial feminization surgery are better known than those for male-female genital sex reassignment surgery, a surprisingly few highly experienced and skilled surgeons for facial feminization surgery exist.