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Facial Masculinization
Surgery in Novi, Michigan

Our patients may benefit from advanced facial masculinization surgery (FMS) that transforms appearance and helps people feel more confident in their bodies. Dr. Lakin is a board-certified plastic surgeon who uses innovative techniques to reshape the jaw, chin, cheeks, and other areas. We can make a big difference in the lives of transgender men, non-binary people desiring a masculine look, those with gender dysphoria, and cisgender men with feminine facial features. Our practice provides comprehensive care to help each patient achieve their ideal appearance.
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What Is Facial Masculinization Surgery?

FMS is a set of procedures aimed at altering facial features to enhance masculine characteristics. It involves various surgical procedures and techniques to modify bone structure, soft tissue, and skin texture. For example, the surgery may include reshaping the jawline, chin, and forehead to create a more angular and masculine appearance. The length of the operation varies depending on the needs and desires of each patient and the specific techniques used. 
The operation can range from several hours to a full day.

Facial Masculinization Procedure Options

Upper Face


Eyelid surgery is a plastic surgery that can give a more hooded, masculine eye appearance. The surgeon trims excess skin and fat to showcase more of the actual eyeball rather than the surrounding eyelid skin. This creates a more wide-eyed, intense look.

Cheek augmentation

Cheek fillers or fat transfer can sharpen the bones and give the face a chiseled look. The surgeon selects the size and shape to complement the patient’s natural bone structure. More defined, angular cheeks make the face appear more pronounced.


Reshaping the nose can further improve appearance by changing the nose size, refining the tip, and straightening the bridge. This helps to achieve better symmetry and proportion.

Jaw contouring

An essential part of the operation is contouring the jawline to create more squared, prominent lines. The surgeon can perform a buccal fat pad removal to accentuate the jawline. Adding fillers or fat transfer can augment this area. The goal is to form masculine features by sculpting a stronger profile.

Chin augmentation

There are three main methods to enhance the chin — implants, fat transfer, or dermal fillers. This part of the face is crucial to make the appearance more masculine.
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Consultation & Preparation for
Facial Masculinization Surgery

It is important to note that gender-affirming surgery is usually done 
in coordination with a multidisciplinary team, which includes a transgender healthcare provider, a counselor, and a plastic surgeon. Patients should masculinize their facial anatomy with hormone therapy before the operation.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Lakin evaluates the candidate’s facial features and discusses their goals. They also review the patient’s medical history and lifestyle factors to see if they are eligible.
Next, we explain the details of the procedure. Further appointments may be scheduled for additional consultation, medical clearance, and pre-surgical planning. The patient must take time off work for recovery, prepare the home, and follow any instructions from the doctor, such as discontinuing certain medications or supplements. Clear communication between the patient 
and our provider prior to the operation is vital for optimal results.

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Before & After

Recovery After Surgical Procedures

During the initial recovery period, patients experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. They are advised to take 7–14 days off work and avoid strenuous physical activity for 4–6 weeks after surgery. Patients must also follow the surgeon’s instructions on wound care, change dressings, take any prescribed medications, and manage pain and discomfort. The length 
of healing can vary depending on the specific procedures performed.

Candidates for Facial Masculinization Surgery

FMS is an essential part of transgender health. It is often sought by men going through gender transition or individuals desiring a more traditionally masculine facial aesthetic. Here are the main groups of candidates:
People labeled female at birth who identify as male and want their facial features to match their gender identity.
Those who are gender non-conforming (do not identify as male or female) and want a more masculine facial appearance.
Individuals who experience negative emotions because their gender identity and appearance do not match.
Cisgender men who feel that their facial features are too soft or feminine. This group may include individuals with certain conditions at birth or who had trauma or injury that changed their facial structure.
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Benefits of Facial Masculinization Surgery

Here are some of the advantages our patients experience after FMS:
Improved self-esteem
FMS allows people to look the way they feel inside, which builds self-confidence. Having an appearance that matches a person’s gender identity is highly important.
Better mental health
By reducing the distress of gender dysphoria, FMS can help transgender patients get rid 
of anxiety and depression.
Social support
An authentic masculine appearance facilitates social acceptance and interactions with peers, partners, and family.
Long-term satisfaction
Patients report high satisfaction and happiness with surgical results in the long term.

Cost of Facial Masculinization
Surgery in Novi, Michigan

The cost of FMS in Novi, Michigan, ranges from $5,000 to $50,000. It depends on the number and type of procedures that may be involved, such as jaw and chin enhancements, nose reshaping, and facial implants. Factors like anesthesia and follow-up care also contribute to the total costs. Most candidates require 
a customized set of procedures to meet their facial masculinization goals.

During a consultation with our surgeon, patients can receive an accurate price estimate based on their specific anatomy and desired changes. We offer various financing options to make plastic surgery more accessible.

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What Makes Our Transgender
Surgery Different From Others?

Illuum Cosmetic Surgery is the top destination for FMS in Michigan. 
Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Gregory Lakin and Dr. Ellen Ozolins, have decades of experience and completed over 20,000 procedures. Their approach blends skill and artistry to achieve stunning results for each individual. We always focus on patient well-being and provide the best care in our welcoming environment.
Illuum Cosmetic Surgery has deep expertise in transgender operations. Besides FMS, our surgical team offers facial feminization surgery 
for patients who wish to transition from male to female. Our doors are open for all people who want to match their appearance with their gender identity. We have the best tools and techniques to make this desire a reality.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re looking for Dr. Lakin’s expert insight or know exactly what you’re looking for, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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