Dr Eric Bensimon
Dr. Eric Bensimon
For over 10 years, Dr Eric Bensimon has been performing Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) techniques, a process that “softens up” the male’s facial features into a natural, feminine appearance.
There are few doctors in the country who have truly championed this process, as it took years to develop the proper methodologies to fully optimize his FFS results. Dr. Bensimon’s experience stems from years as a trauma surgeon concentrating on craniofacial procedures, which he perfected during his fellowship in craniomaxilofacial surgery and esthetic surgery at the University of Toronto, which he attended after completing his medical degree at the Université Laval, Quebec in 1993 and his residency at the Université de Montreal in 1999.
During this time he heavily concentrated his practice on trauma surgery, honing his understanding of the human skull and its particularities. Upon returning to Montreal to launch his own practice, he realized a growing trend of transsexual patients seeking craniofacial procedures, and that there were few doctors in Canada who specialized in this field.
As he began researching feminizing surgical techniques, he became moved by the journey and courage of those undergoing a gender transition. He became quite dedicated about working with the trans community, and grew quite passionate about developing new techniques and seeking out the highest quality products to facilitate a gender transformation. His keen attention to detail, personality and understanding paved the way to dedicating his practice in this field. Dr. Eric Bensimon’s ability to communicate and understand trans individuals derives from years of being involved in the community, speaking at conferences and collaborating with other doctors in the field.
In 2001, he opened his clinic in Montreal where he provides an array of cosmetic services and surgeries in addition to services including injectibles and fillers. As he continued to master transsexual cranial modification, he introduced innovative materials such as an organic hinge to conjoin cranial plates. Using this type of material reduces the occurrence of bodily rejection or bacterial infection to zero.
What’s unique about Dr Eric Bensimon is that he has keenly developed the proper strategies to identify a feminine look. “Sometimes I see those who just want a softer appearance, as they do not plan to fully transition. Others ask for more specific produces since they intend to reintegrate into society as female,” he explains.
To provide a more holistic approach to FFS, Dr Bensimon also performs Breast Augmentation using Silicone or Saline forms. Here too, a patient will receive an individualized consultation to determine the optimal size and shape for their body. Unlike other surgeons, who focus solely on Breast Augmentation for natural or “bio-females”, Dr. Bensimon fully understands the challenges posed by male to female patients and the differences in their body. He is able to provide the highest possible care to allow each person to achieve their objectives of either blending in, softening their appearance, increasing their bust, or bundling FFS needs with procedures including face lifts, blepharoplasty or hairline lowering.
It’s not about the amount of procedures that you feel will enhance your face,” he says. “It’s what most effective in achieving your goals and for maintaining a natural look.
Many opt for the three FFS procedures: frontal bossing, tracheal shave (Adam’s Apple Removal) and rhinoplosty. Dr. Bensimon sometimes suggests injectables to enhance the lips, lift the cheeks or soften the eyes. He also recommends that those who are completely undergoing a gender transition wait a period of at least one year after commencing Hormone Replace Therapy (HRT). This allows for the fat to shift around the face, so he could work with an individual that has already attained a more circular visage.
Dr. Bensimon also understands that surgeons from Mexico to Thailand offer FFS procedures, sometimes at a greatly reduced cost. “The standard of care that we follow is of excellent quality. I’m sure that my American or European counterparts echo that sentiment, as they boast some of the best facilities in the world. However, in developing nations, there is no guarantee that the staff, technology, as well as their policies and procedures are governed by the standards of care set by strict Canadian, American or EU guidelines,” he explains.
To find out more about his services or to book a consultation, Dr. Bensimon suggests communicating with his staff. From there, a representative will guide you in more detail about the process and what documents (e.g., X-rays, blood work, and family medical history) are required for your consult.
“I really do want people to be as honest and open about themselves and their family history. With this I have a true understanding of what I could work with,” he says. “Because of this attention to detail, there hasn’t been a patient who wasn’t satisfied with their results. I try to emulate that sense of satisfaction with each case.”
My patients recover quickly and comfortably. I think that that really has to do with the care and attention they receive from the moment they arrive to the clinic to the moment they leave. And beyond.
Dr. Bensimon is an Assistant professor at the Université de Montréal, active staff member at the Sacre-Coeur Hospital and President of the Association des spécialistes en chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique du Québec. He is also a member of the board of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Dr Bensimon is a member of:
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Association des spécialistes en Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique du Québec
- Collège des Médecins du Québec
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
- Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Conseil Médical Canadien (LMCC)
- Assistant professor at the Universté de Montréal.