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Facial Feminization: Understanding Your Options

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Facial Feminization is the first step in a sex change. Before you proceed, there is much you need to know.
Air Date: 11/18/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Harrison Lee, MD, DMD, FACS
Harrison H Lee Harrison H. Lee, MD, DMD, FACS, is the facial plastic surgeon of choice to hundreds of patients in the Los Angeles area. He is founder of the Beverly Hills Medical Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. and provides a variety of procedures to improve patients' facial and body aesthetics, including brow lift surgery, breast enlargement, and liposuction.

Dr. Lee earned his undergraduate degree with honors in 1980 from Tufts University and his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1983. He went on to complete a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. After making the decision to pursue facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Lee went on to earn a medical degree from New York Medical College in 1992 and served a residency in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He then returned to the Los Angeles area to pursue a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills under renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Kamer.

Dr. Lee further continued his studies in the areas of cosmetic surgery through live surgery workshops, various certification courses and hands on training programs. He continually seeks out new advances and regularly attends training courses all in an effort to be at the forefront in providing his patients with what he feels are medically sound procedures to enhance their beauty.

Dr. Lee is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an International Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK) and a member of numerous medical societies.

Harrison H. Lee, MD, is highly respected and regarded among patients and peers, alike. He was voted "Top Physician" for three consecutive years by the Consumers' Research Education Council and Best of Beverly Hills-Physicians and Surgeons five consecutive years in a row by the U.S. Local Business Association.

He has a number of national and international presentations and publications to his credit, and has earned the respect of many elite medical practitioners.

Because of his unique background in medicine and dentistry, Dr. Lee has a profound appreciation for the facial form and excels in providing his patients with natural-looking results from facial plastic surgery.
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Facial Feminization: Understanding Your Options
Gender identity is an important characteristic for everyone.

However, some people express that their minds and bodies don't match each other and want to go under gender reassignment surgery. One of the first procedures that males will undergo is facial feminization surgery. This is a surgical procedure that alters a masculine face to a more feminine shape through plastic surgery.

The cost of the surgery is around $22,000, which is double the price of gender reassignment surgery.

But cost isn't the only factor... some doctors are hesitant to perform the surgeries. Many doctors have age limitations, with a minimum age of 18 and a maximum age of 65.

Plastic surgeon, Dr. Harrison Lee, MD, DMD, FACS, discusses everything you need to know about facial feminization surgery, including risks, prices and the procedure itself.