Dudes, face transplants!

Before accident; 12 months after accident with makeup; 18 months after accident without makeup.

Isabelle Dinoire, partial face-transplant recipient. L-R: Before accident; 12 months after accident with makeup; 18 months after accident without makeup.

These photos (large version) show Isabelle Dinoire, the recipient of the first successful partial face transplant. In 2005, Dinoire overdosed on pills and went unconscious. Trying to wake her, her dog eventually scratched her face to shreds. Missing her lips, nose, and parts of her cheeks, Dinoire was left unable to speak or eat, and received a partial face-transplant, a total miracle of science. Although she doesn’t have full control of the muscles in the lower part of her face, you can see some pretty graphic images of the improvement this transplant has made. More about Dinoire, including links to more photos.

Since 2005, the field of face transplantation has moved forward by leaps and bounds, and in the last few weeks, it looks like face transplantation is now a viable option after catastrophic facial damage. Hurray plastic surgery!

New faces, given to a Chinese man after a bear tore off part of his face, and a French-Caribbean man disfigured by a rare tumor, show that such transplants can work, and are not medical oddities.

Photos (some rather graphic) of the two men mentioned in that quote; and the full article about these two procedures is also online.

And here’s the requisite link to Nicolas Cage & John Travolta awkwardly stroking a lot of people’s faces.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: