The most innovative study to date in the field of Facial Feminization published in the last twenty-five years in The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Marbella, November 24th, 2014: Generally speaking, we are instinctively able to recognise whether a face is male or female due to genetic differences and each face shape being associated with a particular gender. If necessary, Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) exists in order to polish these nuances.This discipline includes a number of surgical techniques derived from Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery, with the aim to soften facial features that are generally perceived as more masculine, especially addressing the facial skeleton: the bones of the forehead, nose, cheeks, jaw and chin.

In June 2014, the prestigious international journal, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, accepted for publication the scientific study on forehead reconstructions, led by Drs. Capitán and Simon. Both are directors of Facial Team, a surgical group based in Marbella and Sao Paulo focused exclusively on Facial Feminization Surgery. This article, entitled "Facial Feminization Surgery: The Forehead. Surgical Techniques and Analysis" was recently published in the 134th issue (October 2014) of the official publication of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The journal,published monthly, detailed the reconstructive experience of the doctors regarding hundreds of patients in need of FFS."We present our experience in facial feminization surgery from January 2008 to the present, during which time we have performed over 600 such surgeries."

The information the American publication has collected is particularly relevant as it appears to be the first study focusing on FFS reconstruction to the forehead that has been published in this journal in over 25 years; it is also one of eight publications bringing up the subject of Facial Feminization in the whole of the magazines existence.

The results of the study were presented for the first time in the WPATH Symposium 2014 in Bangkok, where FACIAL TEAM received recognition within the scientific community as leading professionals dedicated to the health of transgender people. Since then, the team has been invited to attend other conferences relating to advancements in surgery, including SECPRE and ASFM, as well as other outstanding conferences in the US and Europe.

It was not until the eighties when the techniques of craniofacial surgery began to be employed for feminization. Initially, this consisted in procedures formerly only practiced to reverse the consequences of head traumas or improve congenital facial deformities. The evolution in this field has been and remains spectacular in light of this study by FACIAL TEAM, specializing in the area of the forehead, in which innovative surgical techniques and the results obtained have been revealed in detail.

The main objective of Facial Team is to show the scientific community, as well as society at large, the primary importance of Facial Feminization and other treatments for gender transition for the successful personal, social and professional integration of a significant transgender collective.

Information of Interest:

FACIAL TEAM was founded in 2007 by Dr. Luis Capitán (Spain) and Dr. Daniel Simón (Brazil), specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery, mainly to meet the demand for facial feminization surgery. Employing the latest surgical techniques with multidisciplinary approach, they have achieved a variety of objectives and a great deal of patient satisfaction.

http://facialteam.es/

Authors of the study include:

Capitán,Luis MD; Simon, Daniel DDSM; Kaye, Kai MD; Tenorio, Thiago MD