MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Raúl J. Bellinga, MD, FEBOMS
FACIALTEAM Surgical Group, Marbella High Care International Hospital, Marbella, Málaga, Spain
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Feminization rhinoplasty is one of the most common and important procedures in Facial Feminization Surgery. In this study our surgical group has evaluated 200 consecutive feminization rhinoplasties in male to female transgender patients, paying special attention to the frontonasal angle and nasolabial angle. The degree of satisfaction was much better using the Nose Feminization Scale (4 of 5 points).
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: As the nose plays a crucial role in facial aesthetics, feminization rhinoplasty in combination with the forehead reconstruction is key to modify the gender identity or recognition.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: It is important to create protocolized guidelines of treatment for people diagnosed of gender dysphoria. Surgical reassignment of facial gender or Facial Feminization Surgery must be considered as a vital part of the transitioning process in combination with hormonal treatment and Sex Reasignment Surgery (SRS).
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: Many negative stereotypes and prejudices exist with regard to this group and, in general, transgender people are met with an attitude that is frivolous or whimsical and ignores the true underlying question of gender identity. Trans people want to be recognized for themselves, to have the gender identity they identify with be accepted, and to fulfill a social role in the gender they feel, not the sex assigned to them at birth. For this reason, Facial Feminization Surgery must be considered as an essential part in this process. Fortunately, political and legislative steps are beginning to be taken, although substantial progress needs to be made before full social acceptance is reached.
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Bellinga RJ, Capitán L, Simon D, Tenório T. Technical and Clinical Considerations for Facial Feminization Surgery With Rhinoplasty and Related Procedures. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. Published online December 15, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.1572
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