Gender Affirming Surgery

In Long Island


Gender Affirming Surgery

Society is constantly evolving, which means that what was once uncommon a couple of decades ago is now becoming more socially acceptable and encouraged. There are so many people out there that were assigned a particular sex at birth, but as they grow into themselves, discover that they actually identify more with the opposite gender. In situations like these, the team at Cohn Plastic Surgery works closely with our patients to not only cultivate a safe and trusting environment but also provide the opportunity to have their facial appearance match their internal expression. 

Dr. Cohn routinely sees Gender Affirming Surgery patients from all over Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and even from Manhattan. His boutique office is located in Smithtown, New York, making it a convenient destination for any Gender Affirming Surgery patients on the North Shore.

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The Basics

What is Gender Affirming Surgery?

Gender Affirming Surgery is typically a series of procedures designed to help patients have a facial type that aligns closer to their gender identity. Gender affirmation surgery may be an option if your sex assigned at birth differs from your gender identity and may help if you’ve experienced any psychological distress because of gender dysphoria.

We understand that each patient has their own unique journey to make their outside match their inside, which is why we carefully collaborate with them on how to best meet their goals of gender presentation. Dr. Cohn and his team provide a wide-ranging set of options for masculinizing/feminizing procedures to help alter your face’s physical appearance to reflect your gender identity. 

Some more common facial procedures performed during Gender Affirming Surgery include Rhinoplasty, Brow Lift, Jaw Contouring, Chin Surgery, and Facelift. Below, we have included some brief descriptions of how these treatments can provide you with a face you choose to identify with.

Facial Masculinization Surgery (FMS) – Female to Male

Chin Implant

Dr. Cohn can use an implant or Facial Fat Transfer to create a more prominent and sharper jawline. 

Brow Lift

This surgery can create a lower and wider forehead. It may flatten the ridge where your eyebrows sit and can lengthen the distance between the eyebrows and the hairline.

Jawline Contouring

Wider angles and more prominent chins tend to confer a more masculine appearance, so Dr. Cohn can increase the size of your jaw to achieve a more robust and square jaw with a sharper mandibular angle.


Using cartilage or bone grafting, Dr. Cohn can make a larger and more projected nose that is more commonly associated with men.

Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) – Male to Female

Brow Lift/ Eyelid Lift

Dr. Cohn can elevate your brow to give your eyes a more feminine appearance. He will make four or five tiny incisions (about 1cm in length) in either the hairline or brow line. Afterward, he will pull your skin higher to lift your eyebrows above the orbital rim.


Dr. Cohn can reshape the underlying bone and cartilage in your nose to reduce its width and shape. A rhinoplasty can also change the shape of the bridge and tip of your nose to create a more delicate appearance.

Lip lift and augmentation

This procedure can raise the height of your top lip with a small incision made under your nostrils for a long-lasting result. If you’re interested in something a little more temporary, Dr. Cohn can make your lips fuller with a Facial Fat Transfer or Dermal Fillers.

Jawline Contouring

Through an incision inside your mouth, Dr. Cohn can reshape the bone by shaving it down or trimming it in order to reduce the size and angle of your jaw, creating a softer angle between the ear and the chin.

Who are the best candidates for a Gender Affirming Surgery procedure?

There’s a lot involved when it comes to physically altering your gender identity, so at Cohn Plastic Surgery, we want to make sure our potential Long Island Gender Affirming Surgery patients are good candidates for the procedure. We believe the best candidates should have most, if not all, of these characteristics:

  • Have been diagnosed with persistent gender dysphoria
  • In good mental health and have been under the care of a mental health professional who can provide a letter of recommendation supporting your decision to undergo surgery
  • Old enough to consent to the surgery
  • Maintain a positive outlook with realistic expectations

Please keep in mind that this procedure may not be right for you if the bones of your head and face continue to develop or have a health condition that makes surgery dangerous.

What are the benefits of Gender Affirming Surgery?

While Gender Affirming Surgery in Long Island is a deeply personal decision, many of our patients have been able to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Can create better mental health
  • Helps you feel more socially accepted
  • Improved confidence and a renewed sense of self
  • Reduces gender incongruence
  • Your face better reflects the gender you identify with

First Steps

What’s the first step?

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The first step in getting Gender Affirming Surgery and starting the road to feeling more comfortable in your own skin is to contact Cohn Plastic Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Cohn. During this appointment, you will be able to ask any questions you may have, discuss your facial aesthetic goals, and learn about all of your options. Dr. Cohn will ask you about your medical and lifestyle history to determine if this is the safest and best procedure for you. It’s very important to be completely honest with Dr. Cohn during this session as it will help prevent any unnecessary risks. 

If Gender Affirming Surgery is deemed appropriate for you, then Dr. Cohn will create your customized surgical plan and our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your surgical date. We will also provide you with some instructions to follow that will help you have a successful and safe procedure.

What to expect on the day of Gender Affirming Surgery

On the day of your Gender Affirming Surgery in Long Island, once you arrive at the surgical facility, Dr. Cohn will meet with you and will walk you through what will happen during surgery. You will then meet with our Anesthesiologist who will sedate you with general anesthesia or IV sedation for a more comfortable experience.

Depending on the surgery, Dr. Cohn will perform the necessary steps to complete your FMS or FSS. For more information on what to expect during each surgery, please refer to the list of procedures above and review their respective pages, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohn so that he may provide you with greater details.

After the surgery is finished, we will monitor you in our recovery room until you awake from sedation.

Gender Affirming Surgery recovery

You should be able to return home after having most of the procedures, however, there is a possibility that we may keep you overnight to continue to monitor your initial healing. We will provide you with some post-op instructions to follow which may include how to care for your surgical site(s) after surgery, which medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, specific concerns to look for, and when you are expected to follow up with Dr. Cohn.

Your recovery times vary based on what procedures or combination of procedures you have, and every patient will have their own recovery experience.

You should expect to avoid any strenuous or rigorous activities for at least a month. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Cohn and his team will keep you informed of when it’s ok to resume certain activities.

Gender Affirming Surgery Cost

How much does Gender Affirming Surgery cost in Long Island, NY?

The cost of Gender Affirming Surgery in Long Island will vary on numerous components, including the types of surgeries you are getting, the number of surgeries, surgeon and anesthesia costs, and several other factors. The best way to learn about the full price of a gender affirming surgery is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Cohn. After your surgical plan is made, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a total cost breakdown.

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Why choose Cohn Plastic Surgery?

When you choose Cohn Plastic Surgery for your Gender Affirming Surgery, you’re in for more than just a transformation; you are entrusting your aesthetic dreams to the hands of plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cohn, a visionary and AAFPRS fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Dr. Cohn forges genuine connections, aiming to be your partner in achieving natural, top-tier results when it comes to helping you achieve your desired appearance. With warmth beyond the clinical, he not only restores but elevates confidence to new levels. Call now to discover how Dr. Cohn can empower you for a transformative journey, confidently putting the best version of yourself into the world.


Schedule a consultation

Become the person you want to be with Gender Affirming Surgery in Long Island from Cohn Plastic Surgery. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Jason Cohn, contact us today at 631-759-9173 or use our website to request your appointment. Our friendly, highly-trained staff will take care of your scheduling needs and set up a consultation. We offer in-person and virtual appointments to best accommodate your needs. Dr. Cohn is ready to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and the happiness that you deserve. 

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