Why choose Dr. Mendieta for Male To Female Transition?
Everyone wants to feel good about the way they look. While some patients may feel dissatisfied about their wrinkles or flabby midsection, there are those who experience a different type of unhappiness that is about more than just their appearance.
Gender dysphoria is when an individual feels their true gender identity does not match their biological sex or physical characteristics. Fortunately, Dr. Mendieta specializes in male to female (MTF) transition procedures for trans women who desire more feminine features to help them feel like their true self.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Candidates who wish to change their overall appearance must be emotionally and physically stable. Patients experiencing gender dysphoria must also be certain that they would like to undergo MTF surgery. Dr. Mendeta will discuss the surgical techniques he offers with you to determine a treatment plan based on your anatomy and aesthetic goals during your consultation.
What Are My MTF Procedure Options?
By softening tissues and manipulating bones, facial feminization surgery can transform a masculine aesthetic into the female equivalent. Many patients view this type of feminization surgery as a full acceptance of their new gender identity. Because male and female faces have distinct features, facial feminization surgery is often an important step in transitioning. As a general rule, facial feminization softens, accentuates, and rounds masculine features. The overall goal is an oval-shaped, feminine profile as opposed to a square, masculine profile.
Forehead contouring transforms masculine features into feminine features. Through a sequence of cosmetic surgeries, brow bones are shaped, eyebrows are elevated, and an overall feminine appearance is achieved. Through hairline incisions, excess bone over the front of the sinuses is removed to reveal a more open aesthetic around the eyes. Eyebrows become arched to create a feminine look. If you are considering forehead contouring procedures, you may not be a candidate if you have a receding hairline.
Male profiles are often flat and wide while female facial profiles tend to protrude more. Through the use of bone grafting, fat injection, and synthetic implants, masculine-shaped cheeks can appear more defined. As with any surgery, incisions are required. In the case of cheek sculpting, incisions are hidden inside the mouth for zero visible scars.
Because every nose is different, every rhinoplasty surgery must be customized to fit the individual’s needs. Rhinoplasty begins with a small columella incision, which allows access to the nasal cavity. Any bulges are minimized through a sequence of purposeful osteotomies (fractures). The bridge and tip of the nose is narrowed and accentuated. If any internal septum issues are present they will be tended to as the nose is aligned for a sleek, symmetrical appearance.
Because female lips are typically fuller than male lips, lip augmentation plumps and firms both the upper and lower lips. This type of feminization can be achieved through fat injections, skin grafting, or by injecting cosmetic fillers. Men usually have a longer distance between the base of the nose and the top of the lips, resulting in a stretched appearance. Feminine lip augmentation lifts the newly plumped tissue to create a pouty effect.
Through mandible reduction surgery, wide, bulky jawlines of male patients are contoured and molded into a more feminine look. Excess bone in the male jaw is shaved down to reveal a softer, more feminine contour. Incisions are made within the mouth to minimize any visible scarring.
The length and width of a chin can be decreased through a small cut inside a patient’s mouth. A physician will consult with candidates before prepping for surgery in order to create the shapeliest chin possible. The overall outcome is achieved by cutting, adding, and reshaping the bones of the chin. The finished chin shape will be held in place by small plates.
Tracheal Shave (Thyroid Cartilage Reduction)*
Through a microscopic, concealed incision, a main masculine identifier can be addressed. Often called an “Adam’s apple”, the trachea can be shaved to drastically reduce its appearance, creating a feminine aesthetic. Patients should heavily consider possible risk factors such as voice changes before deciding on a tracheal shave.
Cosmetic Breast Surgery*
Our clinic offers a full array of breast enhancement options for every gender. Patients transitioning from male to female most often undergo breast augmentation for a more feminine chest.
Dr. Mendieta has been featured on numerous domestic and international television programs and publications, as well as a frequent lecturer in various professional society meetings.
What Will My Recovery be Like?
Your recovery will vary depending on the number of techniques performed during your MTF transition procedure. You may be asked to wear a surgical garments along the treated areas for a few weeks to support your new contours. Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few weeks. You will be able to return to work about three weeks after your procedure unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Mendieta.
What Results Can I Expect?
Individual results will vary, as every patient is unique, and no single technique is suited to all cases.
*Legal Disclaimer: Individual results may vary; every patient is unique, therefore, no single technique is suited to all cases. Before & after photos and videos are not guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: each individual patient’s results will be different.
How much will my MTF transition surgery cost?
The cost of your MTF transition surgery will be based on factors such as surgical fees, anesthesia fees, and the extent of correction needed. During your private consultation, Dr. Mendieta will review your financial options to determine the best plan to help you achieve your goals.
Can I combine my procedures?
Yes. MTF transition surgery typically consists of a combination of surgical procedures that may be spread over several operations. Each surgery may vary in length depending on various factors.
Do I need to quit smoking if I want to undergo MTF transition surgery?
Yes. If you are an active smoker you will be asked to stop for at least four weeks before and after your procedure.
How long will my MTF transition surgery take?
Your male to female transition can take a few hours to complete depending on the techniques used.