Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery

Facial gender confirmation surgery is a combination of procedures customized to modify your face to suit your gender, whether female-to-male (FTM) or male-to-female (MTF). Dr. Sofonio will go over your wishes and goals with you thoroughly to devise the best surgical plan for you.

There are certain procedures that are commonly used to make the face appear either more masculine or feminine. We will tailor your facial surgery to achieve your specific unique goals. Here are some examples of procedures commonly included in facial gender surgery:

  • Rhinoplasty (commonly known as a nose job)
  • Jaw contouring
  • Chin contouring
  • Lip lift or augmentation
  • Cheek contouring
  • Eye and lid modification
  • Forehead contouring
  • Tracheal shave (a procedure to minimize the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple)
  • Hair transplants or lowering of the hairline
  • Injectables and fillers


Top Surgery

Our top surgery in Palm Springs is undertaken to either increase your breast size for a more feminine appearance or to remove unwanted breast tissue to create a masculine chest. This is often one of the first steps taken for patients transitioning from female to male. As breasts are closely associated with gender, it can be a huge relief to finally have a chest area that reflects your true identity and gender.

For transgender men, the surgery is called a subcutaneous mastectomy and includes removal of most breast tissue and excess skin, as well as reduction and repositioning of the nipple. The surgery is customized to give the chest a masculine-looking contour with minimal scarring. For transgender women, the procedure is commonly referred to as feminizing breast surgery and includes the placement of breast implants.

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Your Surgery

Dr. Sofonio will go over your tailored surgical plan with you beforehand and give you detailed information on what to expect. Almost all procedures are performed under IV or general anesthetics, and in most cases Dr. Sofonio follows a staged approach instead of doing everything at once.

This makes the healing process easier and allows you to assess your progress in between procedures. You will need to stay overnight to be monitored after most procedures. Recovery time will vary depending on how complex your surgery is. Dr. Sofonio will give you detailed instructions on how to best facilitate your recovery.

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The Support and Personal Care You Deserve

As a board-certified plastic and reconstructive facial surgeon, Dr. Sofonio is extremely familiar with the human face and how to modify it to achieve the desired outcome. Known for his attention to detail and his exceptional level of care, he strives to exceed your expectations every time. He is supportive and has a high level of integrity as a surgeon, working with you personally every step of the way through your top surgery in Palm Desert.

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