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The humanitarian efforts of facial plastic surgeons can be seen here in the United States and abroad. The American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) sponsors programs that allow surgeons to use their expertise to perform plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck on individuals that desire to overcome their physical limitations placed on them by circumstances beyond their control, such as domestic violence, deformities at birth, and war.
FACE TO FACE: International has helped over 1,000 people worldwide with trips to Vietnam, Croatia, Russia, Belize, and China. Facial plastic surgeons accomplish two objectives while on these missions. First, surgeons help individuals whose faces were damaged at birth, by disease, or by war. Typical surgeries performed include cleft lip and cleft palate repair; microtia reconstruction, the surgical creation of external ears for infants born without them; rebuilding of all forms of congenital facial and cranial deformities; reconstruction of facial soft tissues after war injuries, burns, domestic violence, and cancer excisions; and the excision of childhood facial tumors and reconstruction.
Secondly, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons share their knowledge and the latest techniques in facial plastic surgery with their international colleagues. Camaraderie develops while different surgical approaches are discussed and demonstrated. Volunteers and hosts exchange case analysis and share published information.
FACE TO FACE participants include facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, nurses, speech pathologists, and anesthesiologists; all donate their time and expertise, frequently for two weeks at a time. The surgeons travel all over the world, but their mission is the same wherever they go: they treat one face at a time, one person at a time.
Faces among us
Facial plastic surgeons play an important role in assisting individuals of domestic violence to enhance their self-esteem and rebuild their lives. Victims often have facial injuries and scars with no financial means to repair them. Partnering with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the AAFPRS works hand-in-hand with shelters to match surgeons who will provide consultation and surgery-pro bono-to eligible individuals through FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project. The goal is to ensure that women are helped emotionally and then physically, with the hopes of reducing the painful memories of abuse. Women who have received facial plastic and reconstructive surgery through the program feel a sense of rebirth and renewing. All participants experience new self-confidence and empowerment to move forward with their lives and be successful.
FACE TO FACE is a wonderful program that allows facial plastic surgeons to help the less fortunate either here in the U.S. or abroad. For more information about FACE TO FACE and its mission, visit: www.facetofacesurgery.org