Demand for Facial Transplantation Donors on the Rise

Maybe you've been considering facelift surgery to regain your youthful looks, or a facial rejuvenation procedure that helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles for good.   Heading to the plastic surgeon's office to improve the contours of your face and tone up the skin is an option for hundreds of baby boomers looking for the ultimate anti aging solution.  Still, some surgeons are trying something different with facial transplants.

Facial transplantation is a controversial procedure that involves transferring facial tissues and compartments from another person to the patient.  The procedure was first performed in France, and is slowly gaining interest in the United States as more surgeons outline the benefits of fresh facial tissue and skin for facial reconstruction and correcting deformaties.

The procedure is already used for patients who have severe disfigurement or have suffered a major injury, but now some plastic surgery and medical centers may soon be offering the procedure as an option for general plastic surgery.

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Lloyd Krieger reports that there are several misconceptions about the procedure and a significant level of public resistance.  While it is a fairly extensive procedure, it does not involve replicating the donor's face and structure; the patient's original facial structure and contours are preserved and enhanced, and the only transfer is the actual facial tissue. (Source: Los Angeles Plastic Surgery blog)

Still, the only way this procedure would gain waves in the United States is with enough donor participation.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • If you need a quick mini-makeover for the holidays and New Year countdown, simple and affordable cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal and dermal fillers may be your best bets.

  • has recently released a fantastic plastic surgery cost infographic for both men and women. Why do people shell out so much money for plastic surgery? Well the answer obviously is to look better and feel wonderful about themselves. In addition, as I have written before, it is becoming the rising trend for job seekers as the job market becomes more and more competitive.