Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) is a combination of surgical procedures aimed at reducing what we call ‘masculine facial features’, giving the face a softer and more feminine look. During a personal consultation, Dr Bart van de Ven and you can discuss which of the procedures are most suitable for you. Dr Bart has treated over 2,000 patients over the last 10 years.
Many trans women feel insecure and anxious about their external appearance not matching their internal state of being. Facial Feminization Surgery can help them live in confidence as the woman they were all along. FFS will help individuals express who they truly are and as a result, they will feel comfortable with their own appearance. This often eventually results in greater levels of self-confidence and fewer incidences of problems that have been present within the LGBTI community such as social anxiety.
Facial feminization surgery is a combination of surgical procedures with which the masculine facial features are reduced to give your face a feminine look. FFS is applied to both bone and the soft upper tissue covering the bone. Which procedures are needed depends in part upon your desires.
These are all the procedures that can form a part of facial feminization surgery:
Which of these procedures you need is something that can be analyzed and discussed with Dr Bart van de Ven. He also uses a technique to create a simulation of your face after FFS, so you can discover what you could personally look like after surgery.
One can achieve major changes with FFS. Freya had her Facial Feminization Surgery with Dr Bart van de Ven. She had the following procedures:
Facial Feminization Surgery can be a solution:
Facial Feminization Surgery can improve your “passing”. It can help you live in confidence as the woman you are without having to worry about being misgendered. This was proven in a study in which 118 of our patients analyzed their feelings around their passing before and after their FFS.
No one could explain it better than former FFS patients themselves:
Above all, this process will allow trans women to feel more comfortable within their own skin. This inevitably leads to a more satisfying and rewarding life for all of those who are involved.
Quote by Munroe Bergdorf, former patient at 2pass Clinic:
‘There was a point where I was afraid to leave the house. I couldn’t go out in the world, and that’s no way to live. That’s when facial feminization really became crucial to me.
I just wanted to live a life where I wasn’t affected by gender dysphoria to the point where I couldn’t concentrate on my job or be vulnerable in sexual situations. I wanted freedom.
Now, I feel the best I ever have. I can leave the house without makeup on and not feel like I’m going to be attacked. I didn’t realize how dysmorphic I was about my body until I got that surgery. I didn’t know how much I was holding back in regards to intimacy, either. If you can’t feel a connection with your body, how can you form a connection with somebody else? Getting closer to how I saw myself allowed me to get closer to other people, too.’
-Munroe Bergdorf (by Refinery29)
Done! We’ll take it from here.
2pass Clinic makes 3 promises to you:
There are 6 key differences in facial features that can make a face look masculine and can be addressed by facial feminization surgery.
These are the 6 key differences:
|Chin and jaw|
|Adam’s apple (Trachea)|
At 2pass Clinic, the surgery is performed by the respected oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr Bart van de Ven. He has dedicated his career exclusively to helping trans women and has performed surgery on over 3,000 trans women over the course of 10 years. Currently, he’s performing FFS about 4 to 6 times a week. This makes him one of the most experienced facial feminization surgeons in the world. No trainees perform during his surgeries, every patient is operated on by Dr Bart.
“I have started doing facial feminization surgery because I understood that many trans women suffer deeply from not looking like the woman they are, from being misgendered, … It makes them feel insecure and depressed. Suicide rates among trans folks are very high. Therefore, I wanted to help. Help women to be recognized as the women they are. I was an oral and maxillofacial surgeon already and decided to specialize in feminizing faces.”
Dr Bart van de Ven’s goal is to create a natural, feminine look. Over the years he has developed a series of FFS procedures which are the tools he uses to provide these changes in a predictable and safe way. The end result of the surgery is just as important to him as it is to you. He refined his techniques with one goal: make you pass without complications. He has an incredible eye for detail and strives for perfection.
During Facial Feminization Surgery, Dr Bart van de Ven is assisted by Els and Thaïsa – two very experienced nurses. Our anesthesiologist has been trained in open-heart surgery: technically the most demanding procedures an anesthesiologist could learn. Your safety is our first concern. After the surgery, Sabine, the recovery nurse with an intensive care education, will take care of you. At night, night nurses Evy or Tamara will be there to keep an eye on you and take care of you.
When it comes to facial feminization surgery there is no one size fits all answer. The reason is everybody has her own unique facial features and mental desires. The amount and duration of the procedures you need or want influence the average price for FFS surgery. Very roughly speaking, Facial Feminization Surgery costs range from 5,000 to 60,000 euros. At 2pass Clinic prices range from 5000 to 30.000 euro depending on the procedures you need.
We argue that for many transgender women, FFS is medically necessary to treat gender dysphoria. It can be just as important or even more important than sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in reducing gender dysphoria and helping trans women integrate socially as women. We think it should be covered by your basic medical insurance, but unfortunately, we are still far from this ideal. Although health coverage increasingly is accepting different types of gender transition surgery, facial feminisation remains in the “cosmetic” category of many insurers.
In the testimonials below, our patient Alev and Len talk about how they experienced their lives before and after FFS. You can follow them both on Instagram to see how they’re doing now!
Do you want to contact one of our former patients? You can contact a large number of our patients to ask them anything about their Facial Feminization Surgery and their recovery! You can find their contact information on their respective testimonial pages.
We are expecting you at 2pass Clinic one day before your facial feminization surgery. Our patient coordinator Elli will welcome you, give you a tour of our guesthouse. In this warm, welcoming oasis you have time to recover from your surgery. You can also share your experiences with other trans women staying in the guesthouse. It is more like a family environment than a clinic.
Petra is the resident at the 2pass Clinic guesthouse. She is on hand to help you 24/7. Petra was once one of Dr Bart van de Ven’s patients, so she knows exactly what kind of help you will need throughout the entire process. Every day she makes a delicious breakfast and fresh meals packed with nutritious ingredients to help you get back on your feet after your surgery.
You will be ready to return home one week later.
After your facial feminization surgery, you will stay at the guesthouse in the clinic for a week so that you can recover and get back on your feet. We will help you with your post-op instructions whenever you so require. During these first days after your operation, we will take care of your every need.
By the time you are ready to return home, you will no longer require any extra care. Should there be any complications following your facial feminization surgery, we will, of course, provide the necessary treatment to rectify the situation – without additional fees for the surgical procedure (only the costs have to be covered).
Things you can expect during your recovery are:
Four months after your facial feminization surgery, you are expected to visit Dr Bart van de Ven for a free check-up. This appointment is scheduled automatically after booking your facial feminization surgery. It is possible to change the date and time of this appointment. The check-up takes place at the 2pass Clinic in Antwerp, London, Munich, Berlin, Stockholm, Zurich, Amsterdam,… – depending on Dr Bart van de Ven’s schedule.
If there are any complications, they generally are:
Dr Bart van de Ven will make a personal analysis of your face and give his surgical opinion of which procedures you need to feminize your face. He will send you a quote for these procedures and a simulation of the FFS result based on the pictures you upload. The payment of the 50 euro is processed by Paypal (you don’t need a Paypal account to pay with Paypal). You can upload the requested pictures as instructed in the form.
The Skype consultation combines the pictures evaluation with a Skype consultation.
Book a live consultation with Dr Bart van de Ven in Antwerp or one of the other cities he will be visiting. During your appointment, you will be able to address Dr Bart van de Ven with all of the questions you may have and he will give you his professional opinion on the procedures you might want or need. This is what you can expect from your FFS consultation. He will also make professional pictures and send a simulation of the FFS result based on the pictures after the consultation.
All quote- and consultation fees are fully donated to the charity organisation of Dr Bart van de Ven.
We have had this situation 2 times in more than 700 surgeries. In case this would be because of a mistake from our side we have an insurance that covers the cost. More likely is that it happens without anyone having made a mistake. In that case most health insurances cover these costs. If you don’t have a health insurance it’s your (financial) risk.
All care in Antwerp is provided. In general no extra care is needed in your home country. Check-up with Dr Bart is after 4 months and can be in any city where Dr Bart van de Ven provides consultations.
When you leave our clinic, you will receive the phone number of the surgeon in case a complication were to arise later on.
Yes, we use very small titanium screws and plates which are never a problem for an MRI. Also the bonecement does not contain metal.
You can continue your HRT treatment before, during and after your FFS. You will receive an anti-thrombotic injection the day before surgery to prevent blood clotting. We prefer you to continue taking your hormones because FFS is emotionally already perturbing enough without messing with your hormone balance.
Only for implant surgery of the buttock and hips we ask to stop one week before the surgery. The day after surgery you can continue your HRT treatment. This because this type of surgery implies some immobilisation (obliged) after the surgery. In this case the risk for blood clots is higher.
You still have another question? Feel free to ask! We will answer your question and if generally applicable add it to the FAQ of this page.