What to expect after Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS)

What to expect after FFS Surgery

Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) is a series of surgical procedures that can be performed to reshape the face and its features to achieve a more feminine appearance. FFS can be a part of the gender affirmation process for transgender women or non-binary people who want to align their facial appearance with their gender identity. FFS can also be sought by cisgender women who want to enhance their femininity or correct some facial asymmetries.

What to expect on the day of surgery

On the day of your FFS surgery, you will arrive at the hospital or surgical center and be given general anesthesia. This will put you into a deep sleep so that you do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon will then make incisions in the skin and muscle of your face to access the underlying bone and tissue. The surgeon will then perform the specific FFS procedures that you have discussed with them on your consultation.

What to expect after surgery

After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored by nurses. You will have bandages and dressings on your face to protect the incision sites and reduce swelling. You may also have a drain tube in place to remove excess blood and fluid from the surgical area.


Swelling and bruising

Swelling and bruising are common after FFS surgery. The swelling will be most pronounced in the first few days after surgery, but it will gradually improve over the next few weeks. The bruising may last for up to two weeks.


You may experience some pain after FFS surgery, but it is usually well-controlled with pain medication. Your surgeon will prescribe you pain medication to take home with you.

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You may also experience some discomfort after FFS surgery, such as tightness in your face, difficulty breathing through your nose, and difficulty chewing and swallowing. This discomfort is usually temporary and will improve over time.

Recovery time

The recovery time after FFS surgery varies depending on the type and extent of the procedures performed. However, most people are able to return to work or school within two to four weeks. It may take up to six months to see the final results of your FFS surgery.

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Tips for recovery

Here are some tips for recovering from FFS surgery:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Take your pain medication as prescribed by your surgeon.
  • Ice your face to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate your head when you sleep.
  • Keep your incision sites clean and dry.
  • Attend all of your follow-up appointments with your surgeon.


FFS surgery can be a transformative experience for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their face. However, it is important to be aware of the risks and challenges involved in surgery. Be sure to discuss your expectations with your surgeon and follow their instructions carefully to achieve the best results.

If you have any questions or concerns about Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS), be sure to contact us by filling the form on our Homepage. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you prepare for your procedure.

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