Research & Development
Facialteam Research & Development
Our research and development team exists because we want to be the leading pioneers in FFS. Research is essential to improving procedures that create effective, natural, and long-lasting results for patients. We want to decrease recovery times and the invasivity of FFS procedures.
As pioneers, we focus on research and proclamations in the field of facial plastic surgery. So, our research and development team helps develop and train other professionals using leading technology.
Leading Technology in Facial Feminization Surgery
Facial Feminization surgery is one of the fastest-growing specializations in the field of plastic surgery. Increasingly doctors and psychologists worldwide are recognizing the necessity of FFS for gender dysphoria.
With an increase in focus on FFS, we increase concentration to improve standards.
We use technology that reduces healing times and provides superior operational planning.
Piezosurgery by Mectron
Piezosurgery is a precision instrument that allows surgeons to perform procedures with maximum accuracy at minimal risk. The piezoelectric sensor emits ultrasonic energy waves to make this possible.
Piezosurgery improves patient experience through:
- Superior safety
- Reduced recovery times
- Predictable outcomes
Since 2001, this technology has been the benchmark for bone surgery.
Vectra H1 3D Imaging System
The Vectra H1 handheld imaging system brings clinical-quality 3D imaging to facial aesthetics.
3D imaging provides us with unprecedented access to information previously unavailable. We can now view a full range of facial features from any angle in three dimensions in real-time.
Visualizing your facial structures is key for understanding how to design an optimal plan for your transitional journey.
3D CT scans play a vital role in our daily practice. We use them to understand the facial structure of our patients within a millimeter of precision.
Using this technology we document your transition and explain the changes made to your bone structure during your procedure.
Our modern CT machine only takes 2-3 minutes to take all the scans we need.
A part of the comprehensive care we provide 3D CT scans to all patients who will undergo a procedure with us. The scans enable us to have better communication and understanding with you throughout your transition process.
We highly recommend that you take advantage of 3D CT scans by attending an in-person consultation with us in Marbella.
The CT scans provide valuable metrics about bone density and structure, and we cannot do this via virtual consultation.
3D Printed Stereolithographic Models
We create a printed 3D model of your skull. The model helps us create your personalized FFS plan when needed. Having a model allows us to plan in more detail, provide the best overview of your unique facial features, and offer solutions to achieve your goals.
The use of 3-D models in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery significantly improves the predictability of clinical procedure outcomes.
3D printed models reduce your stress and show real applicable results.
As one of the fastest-growing areas within plastic surgery, the dissemination of research in gender surgery is essential to improving patient outcomes and spurring on new innovations. To that end, we have published multiple scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and medical books.
Every publication regards aspects of facial gender confirmation procedures. In English and Spanish, they include:
Comprehensive Care of the Transgender Patient
Ethnic Considerations for Rhinoplasty in Facial Feminization
Facial Feminization Surgery: Simultaneous Hair Transplant during Forehead Reconstruction
Facial Feminization Surgery: The Forehead. Surgical Techniques and Analysis of Results
Facial gender confirmation surgery (review of the literature and recommendations for Version 8 of the WPATH Standards of Care)
Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery: A New Nomenclature
Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery: A Protocol for Diagnosis, Surgical Planning, and Postoperative Management
Prospective Quality-of-Life Outcomes after Facial Feminization Surgery
Role of Rhinoplasty in Transsexual Patients
Social Perception of Facial Feminization Surgery Outcomes: Does Gender Identity Alter Gaze?
Technical and Clinical Considerations for Facial Feminization Surgery With Rhinoplasty and Related Procedures
Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery: The Lower Jaw. Description of Surgical Techniques and Presentation of Results
The Upper Third in Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery: Forehead and Hairline
ESSM Position Statement “Sexual Wellbeing After Gender Affirming Surgery”
Masking Gender: The Impact of Facial Coverings on Gender Recognition
Systematic Review and Evidence Based Consensus Guidelines from the IFGS
The surgeons at Facialteam strongly emphasize research and collaborate on projects with large academic institutions and private companies. We do this to provide you with the best standards in transgender healthcare.
We are constantly researching the latest technology and advances in FFS. We work with several research institutions to contribute to improving transgender healthcare standards. They include: