Dr. Mardirossian Discusses Caitlyn Jenner on Monster.com

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At the time when Caitlyn Jenner’s new look appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, it made the general public aware of an up-and-coming field of cosmetic surgery. Jenner’s new look consisted of a softer brow line, a reshaped nose and chin and gorgeous cheekbones, all of which fall under the category of facial feminization surgery (FFS).

Not Just for the Transgender Community

Although FFS was pioneered in the early 2000s to aid the gender transition process, it isn’t only the transgender community that is taking note of Jenner’s new look. Dr. Vartan Mardirossian, a Palm Beach plastic surgeon who specializes in this field noted, “Women saw that there were things that could be done that they didn’t know before. Take someone with a forehead that they consider too high or too prominent, for example. They don’t know there’s a surgical solution to it. Everything they know about facial plastic surgery is doing injectables or face lifts.”

Dr. Mardirossian performs anywhere between 40 and 60 facial feminization surgeries each year, with many patients coming from out of state – or even from other countries. Approximately one-third of the patients are women who were born female.

Celebrities are a Major Influence

A survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed that more than 80% of plastic surgeons said that celebrities were a major influence on patients’ decisions to have various forms of plastic surgery performed. Academy president Edwin Williams III said in this regard in a press release, “Due to the improving economy and increased consumer awareness, coupled with a growing comfort level with the safety and predictability of cosmetic treatments, we expect the demand for facial cosmetic procedures to continue to expand.”

Another aspect that has resulted in heightened levels of interest in FFS is advances that have been made in procedures like jaw and brow contouring, which involves surgeons re-shaping the facial bones completely. Dr. Mardirossian said, “Facial contouring is among the new frontiers of facial plastic surgery.”

Helping Patients Look More Attractive

Robert Sigal, a Northern Virginia plastic surgeon, says that as applied to women, facial feminization surgery is merely another name for something that cosmetic surgeons have always been doing – namely, helping patients look more attractive. He also mentioned that competition from dermatologists and family practice doctors administering filler injections like Restylane and Juvederm have encouraged plastic surgeons to push the boundaries of what they have done previously. His practice has also seen the biggest increase in using facial fat grafting to enhance feminine facial features over the past five years.

Although the initial preparation to become a plastic surgeon involves six years of training and residency in addition to medical school, the financial end results are highly rewarding. According to Salary.com, The annual median salary for plastic surgeons tops the $350,000 mark.

The best reward for Dr. Mardirossian and other surgeons is improving their patients’ lives, especially when performing procedures like FFS. “It increases confidence and may even save lives,” he said, referring to the high suicide rate among transgender individuals. “It’s really surgery for the soul.”

Why Florida is the Best State for having your Facial Feminization Surgery Performed

Florida FFS

Although the concept of facial feminization surgery has become immensely popular over the past few years, there are very few dedicated surgeons who are willing or able to perform this range of procedures to perfection. With some of the best FFS surgery professionals in the industry being located in Florida, it makes perfect sense for you to have your chosen procedures performed in the sunny state.

Deal with the Best Surgeons

When having FFS surgery performed, you will undoubtedly want to ensure that the procedures are carried out professionally. As a result, it is recommended that you use the services of a specialized FFS surgeon who has an extensive level of experience with FFS procedures – even if it means that you will need to travel across the country or even from the other side of the world to Florida to have them performed. These surgeons are fully aware of the emotional and psychological aspects that are associated with having facial feminization surgery performed as well, which is another reason why they come highly recommended.

Recuperate Somewhere Warm

In addition to having some of the best FFS surgery specialists around, Florida is known for being one of the states that has the warmest and most pleasant weather conditions all year round. This makes it an ideal place for you to spend a few weeks to recover after having your surgery performed. Once your initial bed rest period has passed after your surgery has been performed (if applicable), you will be able to enjoy getting a dose of sunshine and a lot of fresh air, both of which will go a long way in helping you to feel better and ready to get back to your day to day routine back home afterwards.

Many Procedures can be performed

If you have decided that you need to have facial feminization surgery performed, but you aren’t yet sure of which procedures will benefit you the most, our surgeons at the Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics will be able to offer you advice in this regard. There are numerous options available for FFS patients and these include temporal lifts, brow lifts, osteoplastic surgery, face and neck lift procedures, dermal fillers, scalp advancement, upper lip enhancement, tracheal shaving, nasal tip refinements, cheek augmentations, jaw contouring, chin reshaping and frontal bossing reduction osteotomy.

Choosing a Surgeon

Once you are ready to have FFS surgery performed, you will need to ensure that you choose the right surgeon. It is imperative that you use a surgeon who is experienced and certified, as this will help ensure that the procedures are performed according to industry standards. It is also not recommended that you base your choice of surgeon on price, as there are many unscrupulous surgeons out there who charge far lower rates, but who do not perform the procedures properly.

If you are ready to have facial feminization surgery performed, schedule an appointment with our practice in Florida today to discuss your options. We will be more than willing to assist you.