Facial Feminization Surgery: Forehead Contouring


Please note: this week’s video contains animated diagrams of invasive surgical procedures. These animations may be hard to watch for some viewers. Discretion is advised.

Our first post gave you an introduction to facial feminization surgery. As you may recall, this surgery is not a single procedure, but a collection of procedures, any of which a patient may opt in or out of depending on their needs and desires. This week, we hear Dr. Thomas Satterwhite discuss one of these procedures: forehead contouring.

With forehead contouring, the surgeon addresses two primary areas: the frontal sinus, which is the bone directly above the bridge of the nose, and the supraorbital ridge, which is comprised of the bony structures underneath the eyebrows. Depending on how pronounced these bones are, and whether they are solid or contain air spaces, the surgeon may use one of several different approaches. “The best way of deciding what is the right approach for you is by starting out by getting an X-ray,” says Dr. Satterwhite. He goes on to detail some of the most common approaches to surgically feminize this area of the face.

In a few weeks, Dr. Satterwhite will be telling us about one more procedure that’s commonly performed during FFS on the upper portion of the face, and that is the brow lift. Keep an eye out for that post very soon!