Nation’s Second Facial Transplant a Success

CB051647Facial transplant procedures are gaining steam as more facial reconstruction surgeons fine-tune their skills for complete face construction procedures.

Facial transplants are an attractive option for people who have had a serious accident that has either deformed or burned their facial compartments.The nation’s second facial transplant procedure was performed by plastic surgeonDr. Bohdan Pomohac at a conference at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on April 10, 2009.The doctor worked with a team of surgeons to reconstruct the face of a man who had suffered severe traumatic injuries after an accident.

Transplants are still a fairly uncommon procedure, but one that can offer dramatic results.It is not designed for people who simply want to improve their appearance or get rid of a few wrinkles – that’s what Restylane, Botoxand facelift surgery are for.

Facial transplants are designed for people who need to rebuild key facial compartments, reposition their jaw, nose or other features, and restore much of their previous face shape.The surgeon uses real human cartilage, bone and tissues to recreate the face and ensure that the body can heal appropriately.In the most recent procedure by Dr. Pomohac, the man undergoing the surgery had his entire nose, palate, upper lip and muscles replaced.The tissue and cartilage were from a dead donor, and before the surgery, the man could not even speak, eat or drink properly.

According to Dr. Pomohac, there’s a 60 percent chance that the patient will regain their pre-accident looks, and there is no chance that the donated tissues and cartilage would look like the original donor’s.

The first facial transplant was conducted in 2005, and the woman who underwent the procedure is reportedly recovering very well (

Facial transplants are a very unique procedure, and it may take several years of studies and testing for them to be approved by medical boards around the country. For now, this procedure offers some hope for patients who are suffering extensive injuries after an accident.

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