Sinocutaneous Fistula Formation After Forehead Recontouring Surgery for Transgender Patients

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Abstract

Forehead recontouring is a common part of facial feminization surgery. The procedure, which alters the shape and structure of the frontal bone, is regarded as safe and well tolerated by patients. The occurrence of delayed complications, however, is much less understood. The authors describe a patient involving the development of a sinocutaneous fistula as a delayed complication of forehead recontouring surgery. The clinical presentation and management of this patient are discussed. As facial feminization surgery expands as a cosmetic option for patients who desire more feminine facial features, practitioners should recognize the potential risk of sinonasal complications associated with forehead recontouring surgery.

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