Facial Feminization Surgery – Day 12

Day 1 after round 2 of surgery: (lowering the hairline, brow reduction (which includes “opening” eyes by reducing the orbital bones). Day 12 after the first surgery.

I can’t see it because of the bandages, but my surgeon said he lowered my hairline a bit more than 3/4 of inch. I’ll be curious how much he was able to fill in the male-pattern baldness recession of the side. (Still will need to do a second round of hair transplants to get back — both to fill in the hairline to give a nice “prototypical” female upside-U hairline, and to cover up the scar from the incision, which runs from ear-to-ear just inline the existing hairline.

But I’m pretty scary sight at the moment. The cotton in my nose can come out tomorrow thankfully, but there’s still the stitches from the lip lift. The lip lift looks uneven but that’s probably due to the swelling on the left of my face.

The right, which had more bruising in the first-round, really looks bad, and there’s renewed bruising under the left eye (the bruising from the brow lift usually “falls” down into the eyes.

Brows probably look a little high at the moment, but that’s intentional since over the next couple weeks/months they end up a bit lower.

TMI post-surgery stuff….

The good news is the Mucinex I took got rid of the bad sinus headache I was having.

The bad news is that it’s causing a runny nose through the nasal packing, which I can’t remove until tomorrow. Ick.

The ugly: I took a 12-hour Mucinex. It’s gonna be a long night.

Plus even when the packing comes out, I can’t blow my nose for a couple days or I risk literally blowing up my forehead.

To reduce the brow ridge, my surgeon cut out a triangular piece of frontal bone (over the sinuses) about 2-inch wide, and then reset it at a different angle. (The bone is only about 1 mm thick, so you can’t grind it down the way they do over the orbit ridges.) But because he doesn’t use screws or mesh to secure the frontal bone, it’s really delicate until the bone starts healing and too much air pressure in the sinuses can damage things.