FFS Training Program ’22

Facial Feminization Surgery Training Program 2022

November 7-11, 2022 – Marbella, Spain

Offering a higher degree of specialization to amplify the knowledge in the field of facial gender surgery


The protocol for patients in their gender-affirming process already has some well-established steps, such as the importance of psychological support and the need for appropriate hormone therapy. Heretofore undisputed concepts such as the significance of genital reconstruction in this protocol have started to give way to more essential underlying questions like the influence of facial gender reassignment in patients who are going to play a different gender role from the one they were assigned at birth.

Transgender patients across the world are increasingly seeking gender confirming surgery like Facial Feminization although, unfortunately, it’s a challenge to encounter experienced providers able to assess their needs appropriately. As part of its commitment to high-quality healthcare for the transgender community, Facialteam Research & Education presents the third edition of the FFS Training Program, the first professional training program in Facial Feminization Surgery and the only international program of its type.

The FFS Training Program offers a higher degree of specialization, essential for any surgeon who wants to delve more deeply into the field of Facial Feminization Surgery and accelerate their learning curve in order to perform surgery equipped with quality criteria based on the experience and dedication of a leading surgical team in the field.

The program is aimed at professionals whose objective is to develop highly specialized gender units within their institutions.

General Information


Facialteam Research & Education, Part of Facialteam – Experts in Facial Feminization Surgery

Number of Participants

To ensure the smooth operation of the course and proper training, the program is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.

Aimed at

Specialists in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery and ENT surgeons.

Selection Criteria

The application will be evaluated by the scientific board overseeing the course. The selection will be made according to the criteria of specialization, professional experience and commitment to transgender health. The applicant should attach a copy of their resumé and a motivation letter explaining their interest in the course. References may be requested. After confirming the established criteria, priority will be given based on the order in which the applications arrive.


The program runs for 5 consecutive days.

Program Dates

November 7-11, 2022

Program Locations
    HC Marbella International Hospital
    Ventura del Mar 11
    29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
    Parque Tecnológico de la Salud
    Avda. de la Investigación 21
    18016 Granada, Spain
    José Meliá, s/n
    29602 Marbella, Málaga, Spain
Registration Fee

25.000 EUR

What is included

The FFS TRAINING PROGRAM offers the highest quality education and organizes all of the visits so that you do not need to be concerned with almost any of the administrative or logistical tasks.

Included* in the program are:

  • 6 live surgeries
  • Cadaver lab (one specimen per trainee)
  • Theoretical presentations on general concepts and surgical techniques
  • Discussion of clinical cases
  • 5 nights at the Gran Hotel Guadalpin Banus with half board (breakfast and dinner) in a Superior Junior Suite
  • Lunch every day
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Gala Dinner
  • Coffee breaks
  • Round trip AGP Airport transfer (Málaga)
  • Transfer to and from IAVANTE (cadaver lab facility, located in Granada)
  • Conference material, including the 3rd edition of the book Facial Feminization Surgery: An Overview
  • Complimentary pack with forehead reconstruction surgical instruments

(*) International travel not included. Flights and companion expenses remain the responsibility of the participant.

Registration and Deadline

To enroll in the FFS TRAINING PROGRAM, please contact Dr. Fermín Capitán at the following e-mail address:

[email protected]

The number of participants is limited to 6. To guarantee your reservation, 50% of the total cost must be paid by July 31, 2022.


The lecture hours of this program may be converted into the equivalent of WPATH’s GEI credits.

Likewise, the cadaver lab has been granted 6 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

Mutual recognition agreement with the American Medical Association (AMA): US physicians can earn their AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM by attending live events that have granted ECMEC®s through the UEMS- EACCME® procedure. ECMEC®s can be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM by contacting the AMA.

Collaborators and Sponsors


Brigham & Women’s Center for Transgender Health


Advanced Multifunctional Centre for Simulation and Technological Innovation


HC Marbella International Hospital


Introducing PIEZOSURGERY®, the best ultrasonic bone cutting devices for the medical field


Maxillofacial Surgery Fixation


Taking Dentistry One Step Ahead


CAD/CAM Dental Lab


Technology for Health


Clinical and Surgical Material


Schedule may be subject to change

Training Modules

The program has been specifically designed to meet all the training needs related to Facial Feminization Surgery in three training modules:

  1. Theoretical Sessions
    Introduction to Facial Feminization Surgery, surgical procedures, gender unit insights and postoperative follow-up.
  2. Surgical Sessions
    Discussion of clinical cases and live surgeries.
  3. Cadaver Lab
    Hands-on training in an experimental operating room on a cryopreserved cadaver where the trainee will learn the main surgical techniques of Facial Feminization on the forehead, nose and lower jaw.

Monday, November 7

Location: Hotel Don Pepe Gran Melía

13:45 / 14:45 Welcome and lunch

14:45 / 15:00 Registration and opening

Theoretical Session I

15:00 / 15:40 Opening Lecture
Facial Feminization Surgery and Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery. Introduction, indications, diagnosis and treatment protocol

Invited lecturer: Dr. Devin O’Brien-Coon

15:40 / 16:20 Lecture 1
Forehead reconstruction: surgical technique

16:20 / 16:40 Lecture 2
Forehead reconstruction: management of complications

16:40 / 17:10 Coffee break

17:10 / 17:40 Lecture 3
Rhinoplasty and lip lift

17:40 / 18:00 Lecture 4
Adam’s apple contouring

18:00 / 18:40 Lecture 5
Lower jaw contouring: surgical technique

18:40 / 19:00 Lecture 6
Lower jaw contouring: management of complications

19:30 Welcome cocktail

Tuesday, November 8

Location: Facialteam Facilities

Surgical Session I

08:00 / 08:30 Presentation of the day’s clinical cases

08:30 / 17:00 Live Surgery 1, 2 & 3

Theoretical Session II

17:00 / 18:00 Lecture 7
Forming a Gender Unit

Invited lecturer: Dr. Devin O’Brien-Coon

Wednesday, November 9

Location: Facialteam Facilities

Surgical Session II

08:00 / 08:30 Presentation of the day’s clinical cases

08:30 / 17:00 Live Surgery 4,5 & 6

Theoretical Session III

17:00 / 18:00 Workshop
Cadaver lab and surgical guides

Thursday, November 10

Location: IAVANTE Medical Simulation Center

Cadaver Lab

10:00 / 17:30 Procedures:

  • Forehead reconstruction
  • Lower jaw contouring
  • Rhinoplasty

21:30 Gala Dinner

Friday, November 11

Location: Facialteam Facilities

Theoretical Session IV

11:30 / 11:50 Lecture 8
Postoperative care

11:50 / 12:10 Lecture 9
Psychological care

12:10 / 12:30 Lecture 10
Measuring results: patient reported and technical outcomes

Invited lecturer: Dr. Devin O’Brien-Coon

13:00 Closing Ceremony


Facialteam Faculty

Facialteam, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

  • Dr. Daniel Simon, DMD
  • Dr. Luis Capitán, MD, PhD
  • Dr. Carlos Bailón, MD
  • Dr. Raúl J. Bellinga, MD, PhD, FEBOMS
  • Dr. Javier G. Santamaría, MD, PhD, FEBOMS
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel Pérez de Perceval Tara, MD
  • Dr. Ángel Penedo Vázquez, MD
International Faculty

Dr. Devin O’Brien-Coon, MD, MSE

Surgical Director, Brigham & Women’s Center for Transgender Health, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Dr. Devin O’Brien Coon is a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Division of Plastic Surgery. He was previously Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, where he also received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. He has published over 75 peer-reviewed publications, more than twelve patents and received numerous awards. He is the Clinical Director and Surgical Co-Director of the Brigham & Women’s Center for Transgender Health and leads a multidisciplinary program dedicated to providing comprehensive, affirming care across the Brigham system.

He directs a basic science research lab focusing on cutaneous repair, fibrosis and regeneration, including hormone-mediated control of wound healing. He is one of a select group of physicians to have invented and developed medical devices (including a bioresorbable surgical implant and a 3D ultrasound system) through the entire process from initial concept into a startup company followed by FDA approval and clinical use.

Dr. Coon’s clinical practice is focused on comprehensive gender-affirming surgery, facial cosmetic surgery and pelvic/urogenital reconstruction for revision or cancer patients.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Fermín Capitán Cañadas, PhD

Director of Research & Education, Facialteam, Marbella, Málaga, Spain

Dr. Fermín Capitán heads the Research and Education department. Dr. Capitán-Cañadas obtained both his undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and his MSc in Molecular and Cellular Immunology at the University of Granada, Spain.

He completed a Ph.D. in Biomedicine in 2013 and his research has been published internationally in peer-reviewed journals. Since then, he has co-edited several books and presented work at conferences in many countries.

Notably, Dr. Capitán Cañadas was awarded internships at two renowned research centres in Europe: firstly, at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) of the University of Edinburgh (UK) and, secondly, at the Core Facility for Germ-free Research of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Travel and Accomodation


Edgar Neville, s/n
29660 Marbella, Málaga, Spain

About Marbella

Thanks to the warmth of its residents, geographical setting and comfortable microclimate, this unique city is popular among tourists. Famous as a Mediterranean holiday and expat destination, thousands travel year-round to absorb the cosmopolitan side of Marbella with its enticing multicultural mix of languages.


The FFS TRAINING PROGRAM is subject to the surgery reservation schedule. Please note that scheduled surgeries may be cancelled, albeit infrequently, for reasons beyond the control of Facialteam, whether due to the patient’s personal circumstances or because of health problems that could constitute a risk for the surgery. In this case, the FFS TRAINING PROGRAM may be postponed at no additional cost or the total amount may be refunded.