First US face transplant a success!

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Wednesday 17th December 2008

Surgeons in Ohio have performed their first almost-total face transplant, replacing 80% of the woman’s face with that of a deceased donor.

It’s not the first face transplant to be carried out, in fact three others have been attempted around the world and this is truely a breakthrough in the reconstructive cosmetic surgery industry. Still in its early days, those who have gone through this procedure have either been viciously attacked in some way or is a result of a genetic disfigurement or severe trauma. So it’s only very rare cases where this is available, but still, we think it is great that people who go through such trauma can be a little more optimistic.

There are drawbacks, as with any surgical operation and there are many ethical considerations. One drawback is that patients must remain on medication for the rest of their lives in order to suppress their immune system, so that their new face is not rejected by their bodies. Some also believe that patients might also feel remorse or guilt for the donor once they see their face, or even disappointment if they’re not satisfied with the results.

It has to be remembered though that the muscles and bone structure of the patients will alter the face somewhat, so it will not necessarily look like the donor. You can read more about the first US face transplant here at the BBC or here at the New Zealand Herald.

What are your thoughts on this?

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One Response to “First US face transplant a success!”

  1. Joe Says:

    it is simply amazing what modern medicine can accomplish these days

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