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