Follow-Up Locally After Facial Feminization Surgery

Most patients who travel to our office in San Francisco from their hometowns for facial feminization procedures will be cleared to return home after their first post-op appointment with Dr. Facque, about 7-10 days after surgery. Learn more about the facial feminization surgery timeline for both local and traveling patients here.

Once you return home, Dr. Facque will be able to monitor your progress virtually through phone calls, photographs, and/or video appointments at the 3 week, 6 week, and 3 month mark after surgery. If you plan on sending photos for a follow-up appointment, remember these guidelines and check out this facial surgery guide for photos for more detials:

  • 7 different angles: front facing, full profile on each side, and 45° on each side, along with birds eye view (photo above the nose looking down) and worm’s eye view (photo below the nose that points up the nostrils)
  • Hair: pull hair off face and behind ears (use headband to pull bangs back)
  • Remove all jewelry, glasses, makeup
  • Not too close: no parts of the face should be cut out of the frame 
  • Ears, hairline, and neck should all be in frame
  • Good lighting, flash on, in focus, and zoomed in
  • Solid background

Dr. Facque will collaborate with your local primary care physician (PCP) to ensure any necessary follow-up communications are completed on time. It’s important to speak with your PCP in advance to arrange correspondence between our office and theirs.

Facial Feminization Surgery Complications

There is always the rare chance that you’ll experience undesirable risks or complications at some point during your recovery. In these unlikely instances, it’s necessary for you to call Dr. Facque so he can advise you on how to move forward with your medical care and support communications with your local medical team. He will either be able to address your concerns himself, suggest you visit your PCP, or recommend you go to a local emergency room. 

In the rare event that you experience one of the symptoms listed below, we recommend you visit a local emergency room first and then communicate with Dr. Facque as soon as possible:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Excessive bleeding from incision
  • Lightheadedness
  • Rapid onset swelling in any area of the body 

To learn more about facial feminization surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Facque, contact us here.