May 2017. Cleveland Clinic performs its third face transplant – and its first total face transplant –on a 21-year-old female patient, who suffered severe facial trauma and other complications from a gunshot wound as a teenager. The 31 hour surgery included transplantation of the scalp, the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, upper cheeks, upper jaw and half of lower jaw, upper teeth, lower teeth, partial facial nerves, facial muscles, and skin, effectively replacing 100 percent of the patient’s facial tissue. The result: a face restored. A life transformed.
A quick collage of the faces, hands, and high-tech instruments that make face-transplant possible.
They've spent a lifetime preparing for moments like this: brilliant surgeons and doctors at the top of their game. Co-directed by Frank Papay, M.D., chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, and Maria Siemionow, M.D., Ph.D., the surgical team included: