Reply To: FFS

Anne Preuss


Hi Therese.   You are correct regarding FFS is an acronym for Facial Feminization Surgery.   Regarding the nose, I too, had a badly broken nose that was from an ice skating accident many years ago.  I had severe difficulty breathing through one side as a result but put up with it all these years.  Finally, I said enough and consulted with a nose surgeon.  During the consultation, an assistant took pictures of my face/nose from various angles.  The pictures were submitted along with the paperwork from the surgeon’s office to my insurance company for approval.  My insurance provider is United Healthcare, one of the worst providers out there.  They rejected my/the doctor’s submission for approval, trying to force the costs back upon me, saying it was all cosmetic.  Their position that the surgery was cosmetic was ridiculous considering how badly my nose was broken and the internal damage.  This required the surgeon to resubmit for review by the insurance company’s people, each time going higher up the chain.  I was rejected twice until it went for review by a doctor for the insurance company who commented that it was ridiculous that I was initially rejected twice.  So the insurance company’s doctor gave approval and I finally went for surgery.  The repair required that the surgeon rebreak my nose to reset the bone structure.  He also repaired the septum.  I did request and got some minor cosmetic work done/included.  Getting the nose surgery (rhinoplasty) was the best thing I ever did.  I breathe so well now and my nose does look a bit more feminine but do keep in mind that what the surgeon can do is dependent upon the bone and cartilage structure of your nose.  What the surgeon did to Michael Jackson is a travesty.  IMO, MJ’s surgeon should have lost his license to practice.  Anyway, I don’t think you need to worry about winding up with an MJ nose.  Keep in mind that MJ went back several times to achieve that nose.  If you have any questions about my experience, feel free to message me.



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