Facial Feminization Surgery and the WPATH Standards of Care
The current version of the WPATH Standards of Care have not devoted enough attention to FFS and its place within the field of transgender health care. This is a concern because of new developments in insurance coverage for transgender surgeries.
Insurance companies look to the Standards of Care to determine what surgical procedures are medically required for the treatment of Gender Dysphoria, and the current lack of discussion of FFS in the Standards of Care may lead insurance companies to reject claims for FFS surgeries, claiming that they are cosmetic and not medically required procedures.
Facial feminization surgery must be considered part of the treatment of people with gender dysphoria, because the feminization of facial features allows them to adapt more easily to the workplace and social and family environments.