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Debut of World’s 1st Total Face Transplant

May 4th, 2010

The Spaniard who had one of the world’s first total face transplants has appeared in public today to thank the donor and surgeons who operated on him.  The photo below appeared today in the UK’s The Sun.

The face transplant, this time for a man that blew his face off in an accidental shotgun blast.  London’s Daily Mail reports that a new total face transplant has been performed by a plastic surgery team lead by Dr. Joan Pere Barret in Barcelona.   This is cosmetic surgery in its most extreme form.   Face transplants to date have been partial replacements of soft tissue (skin, fat, muscle).   This stunning new operation involves the entire face soft tissue and the underlying bone, extending the usefulness of the surgery for more extensive deforming facial defects.

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