Facialteam is pleased to offer the option of FFS Surgery in Barcelona thanks to a collaboration with IM Clinic. In addition to our home base at the HC Marbella International Hospital, you may now consider this attractive location in Catalonia, Spain.
IM Clinic is a prestigious surgical center with a dedicated Gender Unit experienced in welcoming trans and non binary patients who seek gender affirming medical services.
This second center in Spain endows Facialteam with greater flexibility and alternatives based on patient preferences and convenience in scheduling.
Choosing between our center in Marbella or Barcelona will not be easy, as they share an equal commitment to top level care and services.
Each offers opportunities unique to the location, but are united in the philosophy, mission and values which characterize Facialteam.
Before arriving in Barcelona
Although Facialteam’s center in Barcelona has opened more recently, the experience is similar in all the aspects which matter: procedures, technology, equipment, complementary services (such as acupuncture and lymphatic drainage) and the quality surgical results you expect from Facialteam.
In fact, it’s even possible to add additional surgeries in Barcelona, such as those related to rejuvenation, a facelift or a neck lift for example.
If you want to consider the possibility of other types of body surgery during your visit , we can recommend specialists that also operate in the IM Clinic.
Your Consultation in Barcelona
Consultations are held in the city center at Facialteam’s facilities in Barcelona. We’re located in the Sant Gervasi-Galvany neighborhood, which is easily accessible by car from the airport (20 minutes) or from the train station (15 minutes).
There is a parking lot available right next to the office, in case you decide to come in your own vehicle.
In-person consultations in Barcelona include:
- Craniofacial records made with 2D and 3D photography, including an intraoral scan if necessary and a craniofacial CT scan
- Facial analysis and procedures discussion
- Consultation with the team of facial and hair transplant specialists
- A Virtual FFS Simulation by our expert facial gender analyst
Your Surgery Costs
The cost of surgery with Facialteam in Barcelona is exactly the same as in Marbella. However, the difference is that, in our quotes in Marbella, we usually include accommodation costs. Accommodation is not included at our center in Barcelona, although we do recommend Hotel Primero Primera, which is walking distance to our clinic and only a 15-minute transfer by car to the hospital.
Getting to Barcelona
Getting to Barcelona from abroad is easy, as both the airport and the train station are connected with many other (large) cities. It also has a great public transport system, with multiple options for commuters either by subway, bus or local trains.
Tourists love this lively, modern and cultural city that can boast good weather almost every month of the year. Known as a cosmopolitan and LGBTQ friendly city, visitors are drawn to its art, architecture and diverse spaces where social cohesion is a reality.
As mentioned, accommodation is not included in our surgical budgets in Barcelona, unlike in Marbella. We do however recommend the Hotel Primero Primera for its proximity to the consultation and hospital facilities.
We currently include Cabify transport service as long as you stay in one of these 3 districts:
- Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
In addition, the consultation office is easily accessible by metro or bus as the stops of Muntaner or La Bonanova are nearby.
Our total care approach to care services means that you will be briefed on the preoperative process by a patient coordinator. We are here to help you prepare for every stage, starting with any tests or reports required.
In addition, for anyone who requires counseling support, video sessions with our psychologist are available, both before and after surgery.
Covid prevention protocol requires a PCR-test in the 48-hours before surgery. This is performed at Laboratorios Echevarne in order to exclude the risk of contagion.
Patients that are not able to bring a blood analysis will need to arrive in Spain 1 week before their surgery in order to conduct the required blood work onsite in advance.
Other necessary preoperative tests are performed at IM Clinic on the same day of the surgery.
Your Surgery in Barcelona
All of our surgeons operate in both centers, depending on the procedures and availability. Our 7 highly skilled surgeons are all specialists in facial feminization surgery.
Dr. Gutierrez is the medical director of the Barcelona center and will always be one of the surgeons present in your surgery.
The team of surgeons will depend on the procedures to be performed, providing you with FFS experts who are specialized in rhinoplasty, hair transplant surgery, maxillofacial jaw surgery, etc.
Operations are performed at IM Clinic’s licensed hospital located in Sant Cugat del Vallés. A spacious and modern surgical facility equipped with the latest technologies, you will feel safe at this center where patient care protocols are a priority.
IM Clinic is a private hospital specialized in plastic and gender affirming surgery, with an attentive and highly trained staff experienced in working with trans and nonbinary patients.
The day of your Surgery
On the day of your surgery our transportation service will bring you to IM Clinic, unless you have your own means of transportation. Your coordinator will help you check in and you will also have the opportunity to speak with the surgeons again before leaving your room.
When you wake up, a nurse will place the cooling mask while you remain in observation for a short period. Your coordinator will be happy to make contact with family members by phone so they know when your surgery is complete.
Recovery and Aftercare in Barcelona
Depending on the type of procedure, hospitalization normally is expected to last 1 or 2 nights. You will be on a special diet initially, when it’s normal to feel hungry and thirsty.
The first two nights after surgery are typically the most challenging and our staff is prepared to assist you, no matter what the hour. We are trained to detect when you need a helping hand so nursing staff will be attentive continually.
You’ll be ready to get on your feet quite soon. Once you are ready to be discharged from the hospital, our transport service will escort you back to your accommodations. As we have already mentioned before, you won’t need to return to the IM Clinic Hospital at this point unless you have opted for hilotherapy as a post-operative service.
Post op services are performed at SATYA Instituto Salud Integrativa right next to the recommended hotel. Currently we are offering the same healing services as in Marbella, which include:
- 2 sessions of facial lymphatic massage
- 1 acupuncture session
- Hilotherapy (at IM Clinic)
Recommendations while in Barcelona
At first you will be in recovery, but eventually you will want to have a look around the city! However, planning what to see and do in a city that has so much to offer can be daunting, especially when you are not yet 100%. So we are happy to suggest some easy-going activities as there is no reason to stay inside all the time! For example:
- The Sagrada Família cathedral is a must, but the architect, Gaudí, also designed other monuments around the city worth looking for.
- Barcelona boasts nine beaches to catch sunrises and sunsets. Perhaps best for your companion is Montjuic mountain, while you wait relaxing in the natural park Collserola or soaking in the views of the skyline from the Carmel Bunkers.
- Other gems to check out are the colorful Raval, the majestic district of Eixample, the Picasso museum and the Palau de la Música hall.
In terms of dining, with a mild climate year-round, eating outdoors on one of the “terrazas” in Barcelona is an experience that will make you feel like a resident. With so many beautiful terraces to relax on, you won’t want to stay indoors, no matter how good the delivery options are!
As with any multicultural city, there’s something for all tastes and budgets, vegetarian and vegan too.