Facial Feminisation Surgery involves a series of surgical procedures designed to refine facial features for a more feminine appearance. Dr Quan Ngo, an Australian-trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon certified by RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), specialises in Facial Feminisation Surgery, ensuring meticulous and effective outcomes.
Dr Quan Ngo's skill set is complemented by his specialisation in Head and Neck Region procedures. He holds the position of Head of Department of the Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery unit at Liverpool Hospital, a trauma centre in New South Wales. His contributions extend to medical education, where he serves as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. Dr Ngo's commitment to education has been acknowledged through multiple teaching awards.
Utilisation of 3D Modelling and 3D Printing in Facial Feminisation Surgery
Dr Quan Ngo integrates advanced virtual 3D planning, modelling, and 3D printing to elevate surgical precision and planning. This innovative approach facilitates precise visualisation of facial anatomy, leading to refined surgical strategies.
Suitability for Facial Feminisation Surgery
Facial Feminisation Surgery is suitable for transgender women, non-binary individuals, and those seeking facial features that resonate with their identity. A consultation with Dr Quan Ngo encompasses evaluation of medical suitability, anatomical considerations, and surgical potential.
Types of Facial Feminsation Surgical Procedures
Dr Quan Ngo's expertise encompasses specific Facial Feminisation Surgery procedures:
Forehead Contouring (Brow Contouring)
This procedure involves reshaping the forehead by reducing the prominence of the brow ridge. Dr Ngo employs bone shaving or contouring techniques through incisions made either at the hairline or within the scalp. These nuanced adjustments contribute to a more open and feminine upper face.
Jawline Trimming (Chin and Jaw Contouring)
Dr Ngo specialises in reshaping the chin and jawline to soften and feminise the appearance. Through strategic incisions within the mouth or along the jawline, he performs precise bone manipulations that contribute to the delicacy of the lower face. For chin reduction, excess bone may be meticulously removed. Jawbone sculpting focuses on reducing squareness, creating a harmonious transition from the lower face to the neck.
Cheek Implants (Cheek Augmentation)
Dr Ngo skillfully employs implants or fat grafting to enhance cheekbones, achieving a rounded and feminine midface. Implants are strategically positioned inside the mouth or in the lower eyelid to achieve optimal projection and contour. Alternatively, purified fat is injected to achieve the desired volume and shape. This procedure contributes to a more pronounced and feminine midface, harmonising with other facial features.
While Dr Quan Ngo specialises in the above procedures, patient seeking Facial Feminisation Surgery may also require other surgical procedures such as:
- Rhinoplasty: Refining the nose involves altering the bridge, adjusting the tip, and sculpting cartilage and bone. Incisions are made either inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or along the base of the nose (open rhinoplasty). Skin redraping completes the procedure, yielding a more delicate and feminine nose.
- Lip Augmentation: Enhancing lip fullness involves implants or injections to achieve a delicate and feminine mouth. Small incisions at the corners of the mouth or within the lips allow for implant insertion or the injection of fillers, creating more youthful and feminine lip contours.
- Tracheal Shave (Adam's Apple Reduction): This procedure reduces the size of the Adam's apple for a smoother neck profile. An incision in a neck crease is followed by careful cartilage shaving, resulting in a more graceful neck appearance.
- Hairline Lowering: Advancing the hairline to proportionally reduce forehead height necessitates incisions along the hairline and the repositioning of forehead skin.
Consultation and Planning for Facial Feminsation Surgery
Dr Quan Ngo's consultations prioritise effective communication, meticulous facial assessment, and personalised treatment planning. He ensures patients are fully informed about procedures, potential outcomes, and addresses inquiries comprehensively.
In instances where surgical intervention might not be optimal, Dr Quan Ngo collaborates with a team of experts specialising in non-surgical facial rejuvenation. This collaborative approach ensures patients receive the most suitable care.
Risks and Considerations
Facial Feminisation Surgery carries inherent risks, encompassing infection, bleeding, scarring, anaesthesia-related complications, and potential aesthetic outcomes. Dr Quan Ngo emphasises safety measures to mitigate these risks.
Recovery and Aftercare
Recovery timelines vary based on procedure complexity. Initial swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common, gradually subsiding. Adherence to post-operative care instructions is crucial. Patients may experience mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medications. Dr Quan Ngo provides comprehensive guidelines for wound care and medication administration. Patients are advised to keep the head elevated during sleep and to avoid strenuous activities for a specified period. Dr Quan Ngo's team is readily available to address any post-operative concerns.
Expected Outcome and Recovery Timeline of Facial Feminisation Surgery
Facial Feminisation Surgery outcomes are influenced by procedures and individual factors. Most individuals can resume work and light activities within 2-3 weeks, with gradual reintroduction of more demanding activities.
Emotional and Psychological Support
Acknowledging the emotional aspect of Facial Feminisation Surgery, a support network comprising friends, family, and mental health professionals contributes to a smoother journey.
Facial Feminisation Surgery aims for congruence between appearance and identity. Prospective patients are encouraged to research skilled surgeons, seek clarifications, and comprehend potential outcomes. Emphasis on safety, satisfaction, and holistic well-being remains pivotal in the Facial Feminisation Surgery experience. Dr Quan Ngo's expertise, integration of advanced techniques, and leadership in the field ensure a comprehensive pathway to desired outcomes. With consultation locations across Sydney, accessibility and personalised care are prioritised.