Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) is a crucial part of gender confirmation and is one of the most sought-after surgical procedures for transgender women. For many transgender women, FFS is considered as or more important than gender reassignment surgery, as FFS provides better ease socially to integrate into society as a woman. 

The most important factors in a top FFS surgeon are compassion, experience, and outstanding surgical skills and artistry. To select the most qualified plastic surgeon, we have put together a list of top plastic surgeons for FFS, based on their talent, qualifications, professional reputation, and outstanding outcomes. 

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Dr. Joel Beck

Charlotte, NC

Dr. Joel Beck is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with experience performing transgender surgery procedures for nearly two decades. His skills have earned him a reputation as one of the world leaders in FFS, providing natural-looking, beautiful results. He offers FFS and other gender affirmation procedures at his Charlotte NC practice. 

Among other prestigious societies of plastic surgeons, he is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Dr. Beck has been a lecturer multiple times at First Event, Southern Comfort, Gender Odyssey, Keystone Conference, Esprit, Gold Rush, and many other major transgender conferences across the United States. His fellowship in burn surgery and residencies in craniofacial and reconstructive surgery have helped him achieve a truly sophisticated level of professional skill in FFS and other transgender surgeries. 

Dr. Beck is a caring, compassionate human being who is proud to assist the brave individuals who are taking the step to achieve a body to match their inner self. Dr. Joel Beck is proud to assist his courageous patients in every aspect of altering their face and body to beautifully reflect their true identity. 

Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD, FACS

San Francisco, CA

Dr. Deschamps-Braly is a board-certified plastic and craniofacial surgeon. He specializes in plastic surgery of the face, orthognathic (jaw) surgery, and craniofacial surgery for adults and children. Dr. Deschamps-Braly is known as one of the world’s foremost leaders in facial gender confirmation surgery.

Patients travel from around the world to the Deschamps-Braly Clinic of Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery in downtown San Francisco, where they are welcomed by Dr. Deschamps-Braly and his multi-lingual team. 

His book, Facial Feminization Surgery: The Journey to Gender Affirmation was recently published in its second edition, and covers the latest advances in facial feminization and the experience of patients themselves.

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Jeffrey Spiegel MD

Newton, MA

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel is a double-board certified surgeon with more than 20 years of experience who performs more than 1200 surgical procedures each year. Dr. Spiegel was selected as one of the 15 most influential plastic surgeons in the world and is recognized by his peers as an expert in the most complex revision surgeries.

Dr. Spiegel is known for his compassionate, friendly manner, making his patients feel confident and comfortable. As a specialist in gender confirmation procedures, he is one of the most, if not the most experienced surgeons in the world for forehead contouring, a key aspect of FFS. Dr. Spiegel has been honored with almost every major award available to Facial Plastic Surgeons including the prestigious F. Mark Rafaty Award and the Sir Harold Del Gillies Award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for outstanding contributions to the field.

In his dedication to providing his patients with natural-looking, beautiful results. Dr. Spiegel has created many surgical innovations and is a United States patent holder.

Mark Zukowski, MD

Wimette, Il

Dr. Zukowski is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in gender affirmation surgeries. He has been serving the international gender community for 25 years. Individuals in gender transition account for approximately 70-80% of his patients each year. Dr. Zukowski’s gender affirmation procedures are at the cutting edge of surgical innovation. He is one of the earliest adopters of endoscopic minimal scar facial feminization, using these advanced techniques to achieve the most natural-looking outcomes possible in Facial Feminization Surgery.

Dr. Zukowski makes safety, confidentiality, and comfort his top priorities. As a steadfast ally of the LGBTQ community for many years, Dr. Zukowski provides a compassionate, understanding environment and even makes postoperative house calls and provides his personal contact information to post-op patients. He gives his patients complete certainty in their results, offering a no-cost revision guarantee.

Dr. Zukowski is known worldwide for his expertise, experience and beautiful results in FFS and other gender surgeries.  He is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

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Toby Meltzer, MD

Scottsdale, AZ

With an extensive background, including a fellowship in burn surgery, Dr. Toby Meltzer has been practicing as a plastic surgeon for 30 years and has been performing gender affirmation surgery since the mid 90’s. As a globally-recognized leader in the field of gender surgery, he has completed more than 4000 gender-affirming surgeries. 

Dr. Meltzer is a double-board certified surgeon who specializes in gender affirmation and reconstruction surgery, performing approximately 200 Genital Reconstruction Surgery (GRS) cases per year in addition to his outstanding work as a Facial Feminization Surgeon. 

Dr. Meltzer is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He presents regularly at transgender conferences, including WPATH, Gender Spectrum, First Event, Gender Odyssey, Keystone, and Southern Comfort. Dr. Meltzer is also involved with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Phoenix Pride, Harvard Medical, and Fenway Health Center.

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