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The New York Times features world renowned pioneer in facial feminization Dr. Toby Mayer

For Transgender Women, an Extra Dose of Fear


Jordan Bell

Karissa Sanbonmatsu, a transgender woman and structural biologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, saved for 10 years to have a variety of procedures, including gender reassignment and breast augmentation surgeries as well as laser hair removal. She also had facial feminization surgery with Dr. Toby Mayer, a facial plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, which encompasses everything from rhinoplasty to a tracheal shave, which reduced the size of her Adam’s apple.

The treatments cost about $100,000, and insurance did not cover it. “It’s not about vanity,” Ms. Sanbonmatsu said. “It’s about passing, and in some cases it can be for physical safety. It’s the same reason 90 percent of trans women I know won’t leave the house without hair and makeup.”

Jordan Bell, a 31-year-old technology director at a film studio in West Hollywood, began transitioning in February 2014. In November, she underwent a series of procedures, including brow contouring, a lip lift and chin augmentation with Dr. Mayer. It cost about $29,000, which she paid out of pocket.

“The uncertainty of the current political climate played a large part in my decision to have facial feminization surgery,” she said in an email. “Since my surgery, I have felt an enormous weight lifted off of my shoulders.”

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Ali J featured in People Magazine
with Dr. Toby Mayer

Becoming the Girl I Always Was: Inside Singer Alex Jinkinson’s Gender-Confirming Facial Feminization Surgery

When Alex Jinkinson’s gender was marked “male” on the birth certificate at the hospital, it spurred a decades-long identity crisis. But despite exhibiting masculine traits and being raised as a boy, Alex  – after Facial Feminization, today is living life as the woman she always knew she was.

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Facial Feminization, Hairline forehead lift, Hairline lowering with orbital bony contour, Rhinoplasty revision, Chin contour, Submental liposuction, Fat augmentation to lips, Cheek implants

Cosmetic Town Journal Feature

280_280_1271_profile_pictureThe issue of gender identity is a complicated one that is not completely understood by the general public. For example, there are many men who identify themselves as female even though they were born male. The most recent, and prominent example of this is Bruce Jenner’s public change into Caitlyn Jenner. One of the procedures men undergo to become more feminine is known as facial feminization.

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Bruce Jenner’s Transition:
Plastic Surgeons Dispel Common Myths

The most feminizing and youth-producing procedures are to move the hairline forward, lift the brows and flatten the supraorbital rims,” explains Beverly Hills surgeon Toby Mayer, MD. “Most patients also undergo rhinoplasty in order to re-sculpt the nose to make the bridge straighter and the tip more refined. Finally the jaw and chin need to be re-contoured and the Adam’s apple removed.

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  • Tracheal Shave with Dr. Toby Mayer on The Doctors

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  • Gia on MTV’s I Want a Famous Face

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