Facial Feminization in Beverly Hills: Dr. Richard Fleming

Facial feminization incorporates multiple procedures designed to slim and contour the face in key areas, creating a more feminine appearance. Masculine and feminine features are both attractive in their own right, but for those who struggle with gender dysphoria or women who have unwanted masculine features, this can be a source of deep unhappiness and insecurity.  Dr. Fleming sympathizes with the challenge of gender incongruence; that’s why he’s developed a bespoke treatment plan known as facial feminization.  Facial feminization may include rhinoplasty, forehead lowering, brow lift surgery, lip elevation and augmentation, cheek augmentation, or chin reduction surgery, as needed. Each procedure plan is adjusted to create beautiful, natural-looking results that flatter the patient’s existing facial structure.

To learn more about facial feminization, contact  The Beverly Hills Institute office review the information provided below:

What Should I Know About Facial Feminization Surgery?

Facial feminization procedures are specifically tailored to each patient. People who come into Dr. Fleming’s office with clear goals make excellent candidates for this procedure as they can take a proactive role in designing their treatment plan. Though facial feminization is recommended for transgender patients, any woman who desires a more feminine appearance can potentially benefit from this treatment.

What’s Included in Facial Feminization?

Facial feminization typically includes one or more of the following procedures:

Hairline Lowering/Forehead Reduction: Hairline lowering/forehead reduction moves a patient’s hairline forward, creating a more feminine, youthful look. Dr. Fleming is careful to use fine and well-placed incisions during a hairline lowering as this will heal quickly and become virtually unnoticeable. Dr. Fleming uses the Irregular Trichophytic Hairline he developed to keep hair follicles behind the incision, allowing hair growth to eventually mask any scar. This technique ensures a natural-looking hairline and enables you to style your hair freely.

Eyelid Surgery: A blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, leads to a younger looking face by targeting drooping eyelids, and puffy skin under the eyes. This is achieved through the removal of excess skin and fat around the orbital region. Patients looking for comprehensive facial procedures should keep in mind that a brow lift may rectify droopy eyelids without the need for a blepharoplasty. When discussing the brow lift, doctor and patient can determine whether the blepharoplasty is needed.

Eyebrow/Forehead Lift: An eyebrow/forehead lift is a very common and popular aspect of facial feminization. This procedure lifts the skin on the forehead to move the eyebrows up, giving them a more feminine appearance.

Forehead Contouring: The reshaping or contouring of the forehead bone can dramatically transform a masculine-looking face into one that appears more feminine. Dr. uses a variety of approaches to create your desired results.

Orbital Rim Contouring: This procedure alters the bones above the eyes, giving them a more feminine shape. Orbital rim contouring involves making a thin incision within the hair follicles, so the incision is camouflaged. This is commonly done in conjunction with the hairline lowering/forehead lift procedure because they are both done through the same incision.

Rhinoplasty: Because nasal structures are delicate and preserving proper facial balance is critical, rhinoplasties should only be carried out by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Fleming who is double-board certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology, as well as the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon may only have general rhinoplasty training, but a super specialist like Dr. Fleming performs at least 30 rhinoplasties every year on patients of all ethnicities and facial structures. He is a member of the exclusive Rhinoplasty Society which only admits only the world’s top rhinoplasty specialists.

Chin Reduction: Chin reduction transforms a masculine chin into a more feminine one by shaping it to appear narrower and more defined. Chin implants may also be used to further alter the shape and projection of the chin. This procedure improves and defines the entire jawline.

Upper Lip Lift: A lip lift decreases the length of the upper lip and raises the lip border. Adjusting the length of the philtrum gives a new sense of balance to the lips while making the entire face appear more feminine.

Neck Lift & Facelift: While many people see facelifts and neck lifts strictly as anti-aging procedures, they can also create a more oval, feminine face shape and slimmer neck contours. As a result, neck lifts and facelifts are a popular treatment option on the facial feminization spectrum.

About the Facial Feminization Treatment Process

Dr. Fleming understands how important a feminine-looking face is to a woman. He works closely with all patients to recommend a treatment plan based on his professional observations and the patient’s aesthetic goals and desires.

Before any cosmetic procedure, Dr. Fleming’s patients are given detailed instructions that include guidelines on avoiding certain medications and vitamins that could increase the risk of bleeding. Smokers are required to stop smoking before and after any invasive procedure, as smoking can inhibit the healing process.

After surgery, you might experience temporary soreness, bruising, swelling, or temporary changes in facial sensation. Dr. Fleming frequently corresponds with all patients after facial feminization procedures to make sure the healing process is continuing as expected. He will also make arrangements to remove any surgical drains or sutures as soon as possible.

The recovery process for facial feminization varies based on the patient and the type of surgical procedures carried out. Dr. Fleming will prescribe medications necessary to help alleviate pain and discomfort. He will also tell you when you can resume exercise and return to a normal working schedule.

Schedule a Facial Feminization Consultation in Beverly Hills, California

Facial feminization procedures are highly individualized, so they require the careful touch of an expert surgeon. With over 25 years of experience performing facial surgery, Dr. Fleming is an excellent choice for any patient seeking better gender alignment. If you are interested in learning more about facial feminization, schedule a consultation with the Beverly Hills Institute.

During your consultation, Dr. Fleming will personally review your medical history, examine your face, clarify your goals, then recommend a customized treatment plan to make sure you achieve the results you desire. Feel free to bring photos for our staff to review.

All surgery is performed in an accredited and state-of-the-art center, and our friendly staff will work closely with you before and after your procedures to ensure a smooth experience.

Contact The Beverly Hills Institute at (310) 278-8823 to arrange a consultation today. We look forward to speaking with you!