Sunday, December 21, 2008

First U.S. Face Transplant

The NYTimes has a story on the first U.S. face transplant. As interesting as this is, I still can't get over the results of the world's first face transplant (which occurred in France). The picture on the left is the patient Isabelle Dinoire immediately after the post-op, whereas on the right is one year later:

Not bad, right? Honestly, I had some kind of Frankenstein idea in my head about what a face transplant would look like, or perhaps something from Face Off, but this isn't so bad. It's more like a skin flap that just happens to be on the face. Hopefully this stays in the realm of reconstructive surgery, and never becomes something viewed as cosmetic. 

(Image Source: BBC News)

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