Behind the delicate art of facial reconstruction surgery

Facial reconstruction surgery and face transplants are two of the most delicate medical procedures that can be done.

The first “near-total” face transplant in the United States was performed in 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The patient was Connie Culp, who required surgery after being shot in the face.

Facial surgery is naturally a very sensitive procedure. In facial transplant situations, transplant recipients must go through extensive psychological testing, as the procedure and recovery can be emotionally difficult.

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