Each and every one who works at 2Pass goes above and beyond to make your experience as positive as possible. We build relationships based on mutual trust and respect. You have around-the-clock care with a team that understands what it means to go through a transition and recognises how emotional and scary it can be.
Your safety and wellbeing always come first. After surgery, a nurse will be with you the entire night. You also have your surgeon’s phone number so you can call him anytime if you have any concerns.
Patients call Elli, our loving and well-loved patient coordinator, an angel. She can never do enough for you. She’ll do everything to fulfill special requests, comes in on the weekends if needed and will simply hold your hand if you need it. You will also meet Jolanda, a trans woman who is now a resident at 2pass Clinic. She knows everything about recovery and is always up for a good chat.
We are also proud to present you our medical team consisting of people that without exception have the highest possible qualifications to ensure you will have a top treatment. Your safety is our first priority.
We are affiliated to the Middelheim hospital which is just a 5 minute drive away from our clinic. This high care hospital is well know in Antwerp for its emergency care and interventional cardiology. In case of emergency we can transfer you instantly to that hospital.
“I have started doing facial feminisation surgery because I understood that many transwomen suffer from being recognized as a man. It makes them insecure and depressed. Therefore many transwomen consider facial feminisation surgery even more important than their sex-change surgery as the impact on their lives is bigger.
As I find it very rewarding to help other people I have decided to spend a big part of my life working with transwomen. Facial feminisation surgery really changes lives, even mine. It helps transwomen to be recognised as the women they are.
In facial feminisation surgery many patients want a big change, but without leaving any stigma that shows a surgery has been performed. Not an easy task for the surgeon!
Over the years I have developed a series of procedures which are the tools I use to provide these changes in a predictable and safe way.
Facial feminisation surgery is a fairly young type of surgery so there is still a lot of work to do in developing the proper treatment strategy for each patient. To achieve good and natural results the surgeon needs craftsmanship, knowledge of technology as well as art (feeling of aesthetics beyond the existing rules) and he needs to be a perfectionist (continuous self-critique and evaluation).
In facial feminisation surgery the goal should be to respect the personal characteristics of a face as much as possible and at the same time change the masculine characteristics into feminine ones, this to ‘set free’ the true feminine version of the patient. The wish of a patient not to change certain facial features, because they belong to the family or she thinks it is her characteristic feature, is important to me.
My approach consists of a combination of bone reduction techniques, frequently combined with a facelift and almost always lipofilling, as a finishing touch. The results of lipofilling depend to a large extend on the skills of the surgeon and the technique used. But the right technique in the right hands gives excellent results that are very long, if not everlasting.”
Dr Bart van de Ven, Maxillofacial surgeon, specialised in facial feminisation surgery
For his specialization, he worked in the department for oral and maxillo-facial surgery at the Utrecht academic hospital for two years, in general surgery in Arnhem and Utrecht (Diakonessenhuis) for three years, spent 8 months working in plastic and reconstructive surgery and the Maastricht academic hospital, and 2 years in the Mund, Kiefer und plastische Gesichtschirurgie (oral, maxillo-facial and plastic facial surgery) department at the Academic hospital in Aachen, Germany.
From 1999 till 2008 he was a member of the medical staff of the Beatrix hospital in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.
In 2001 he founded the Cleftsurgery Organisation. This organisation provides free surgeries to cleft lip and palate patients in developing countries. Over the years Dr van de Ven has performed several hundreds of free surgeries in Kenya, Vietnam, Nepal and Indonesia. In 2008 he was first author of the book ‘Cleft Lip Surgery, a practical Guide’ that has been published in English and Spanish.
From March 2008 he was director of Agave Clinic, international center for advanced maxillofacial, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Unfortunately the Clinic had to be closed down due to difficult economic times in Spain.
He rebuilt his practice in Belgium in Ghent (Coupure Centre/EMC2).
In January 2014 he moved his office to Antwerp, where he lives, into a new clinic called o2 Clinic.
He has two children, Anne and Peppino, and lives in Antwerp with this new wife, Ellen Defrancq, and her two children Adriaan and Selinde.
We also have a non-medical staff with a search for perfection that you will experience the minute you cross the doorstep of our clinic.
Some say it was a coincidence how I started working with the 2pass team. I say it was meant to be.
After 15 lovely years in aviation, I joined the 2pass team rather unexpectedly but ever since I feel so privileged to
be a part of all your journeys.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around, and that is exactly what I’m here for!