What is Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS)?

FMS (Facial Masculinization Surgery) includes several procedures.

Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS) is a set of surgical procedures that include specialized reconstructive, and plastic surgeries, that work together to modify facial features and underlying facial structures, to make the face appear more masculine.

Who is an ideal candidate for FMS (Facial Masculinization Surgery)?

There are two types of individuals for whom FMS may be the right solution: 

FMS may be a solution for cisgender males (male assigned male at birth) wanting to appear more masculine. For example for a male who is born with a “weak chin” and wants a more chiselled and defined chin and jaw line.

FMS may also be a solution for for transgender individuals undergoing female-to-male (FTM) transition who are seeking a more masculine facial appearance. Sometimes testosterone therapy on its own is not enough to achieve the aesthetic result that they may be seeking. FMS is a permanent solution to achieving a more masculine looking face.

What kind of surgeon has the right qualifications to perform FMS?

Often FMS is performed by plastic surgeons. However, for FMS to be fully successful your surgeon should have a deeper understanding of not only of the aesthetic qualities of a male face, but also the underlying craniofacial structures that define masculinity.

For this reason, we recommend that your plastic surgeon is also qualified as a craniofacial (maxillofacial) and as a jaw surgeon to get the most successful result.

Which surgical procedures are included in FMS?

The cluster of surgical procedures included in FMS is varied and diverse. Which actual procedures are performed depends on the individual’s existing facial structure and desired aesthetic outcomes.

Procedures for facial masculinization surgery (FMS) include: