Generally, the male jaw is longer and wider than in females, therefore jaw contouring surgery can be performed to achieve a more feminine appearance. Muscle relaxing injections (botulinum toxin) can also be used to reduce the large masseter muscles which create the square jaw appearance. At the London Transgender Clinic, we specialise in jaw contouring as a facial feminisation surgery. Below, we’ve provided more information about the surgery.
Reason for Surgery
The goal is to reduce the height and width of the jaw to create a more feminine appearance.
This result can improve self-confidence and boost self-esteem, allowing you to feel more comfortable in your female gender.
Jaw Contouring FAQ’s
How much does jaw contouring surgery cost?
The price of jaw contouring is approximately £6,100. This includes all of your pre and post-operative aftercare up to one year, as well as your time in hospital. For an exact quotation please book a consultation with a member of our team.
The cost of square jaw reduction using botulinum toxin is £350 per treatment.
What happens at the consultation?
You will meet your surgeon and one of our nurses who will ask you about your goals and concerns. A full medical history and examination will be done, before agreeing a plan for you and discussing the surgery and recovery and risks in detail.
You may be required to undergo medical investigations such as blood tests, ECG or other, as medically advised by your surgeon.
How do I prepare for my surgery?
Once you have your consultations and your surgery is booked, you will have a pre-operative assessment with your nurse 2 weeks before surgery, during which any outstanding questions will be answered. Your preparation for surgery will be reviewed and information will be provided regarding medications, diet, and post-operative care.
You will not need to stop your hormone therapy.
You must stop smoking a minimum of 2 weeks before your surgery and up to 12 weeks postoperatively.
What happens on the day of Jaw Contouring surgery?
On the day of your jaw surgery, you will attend the hospital where your surgery is taking place. You will be reassessed by your surgeon and your anaesthetist before going to the theatre. The hospital team will complete the necessary pre-operative health checks.
Following your surgery, you will be bed-bound and closely monitored by the hospital medical team. They will assist you with anything you need. You will be tired and spend most of this time resting. You will be provided with something to eat when you are alert and slowly mobilised with assistance.
Once you are awake and mobile, you will be discharged from the hospital to your home. You must have a chaperone to bring you home and stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours.
What aftercare will be provided for me?
LTC provides a premium aftercare service. You will be assessed 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months and 1-year post-operatively to monitor your progress.
You will be provided with post operative manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) therapy to reduce swelling and promote better healing.
The London Transgender Clinic also has a nurse on call 24/7 in the event you have any emergencies following discharge from the hospital. You will be seen immediately if medically required or appropriate advice will be provided.
What happens if there is a complication?
In the event of a complication, you will be medically assessed as soon as possible by your surgeon or a qualified member of our nursing team. In the unlikely event you need to return to the theatre this will be arranged for you by our team. Hospital and anaesthetist fees may be charged, however, there will be no surgical fee. Further information is outlined in our terms and conditions.
London TGS does genuinely good work to help people through some of the hardest challenges they will likely face. The practitioners and staff are compassionate, supportive and understanding and most of all they listen to their patients. Being trans is difficult but London TGS can really help through the dark early days (especially given the horrendous waiting times for an NHS GIC), and I’m sure the later days as well. Highly recommended.