Face Transplants: The Changing Face of Medicine

To many, the human face defines personhood. When it is devastated beyond the reach of conventional plastic or restorative surgery, a patient may lament both the loss of their appearance and simple functional abilities such as smiling, talking, eating, or breathing on their own. In these rare instances, a face transplant may be the only … Read More

Cleveland Clinic Performs Third Face Transplant

In a 31-hour surgery in May, a team of 11 Cleveland Clinic surgeons and multiple specialists performed the hospital’s third face transplant – and its first total face transplant – on a 21-year-old female who suffered severe facial trauma and other complications from a gunshot wound as a teenager. The surgery included transplantation of the … Read More