What Is The Face To Face Program
FACE TO FACE, founded 1992, is a humanitarian and educational surgical exchange program conducted under the sponsorship of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). In the United States and abroad, AAFPRS surgeons provide complimentary care to those who suffer from facial deformities caused by birth or trauma. The FACE TO FACE program offers individuals the opportunity to overcome the physical limitations placed on them by circumstances beyond their control – deformities at birth, domestic violence, and war. AAFPRS surgeons use their expertise to perform plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck.
FACE TO FACE is staffed by medical personnel – facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, nurses, speech pathologists and anesthesiologists – who donate their time and expertise, frequently for two weeks at a time. AAFPRS surgeons travel all over the world, with a single mission. to treat one face at a time, one person at a time.
FACES OF HONOR
We are pleased that in 2009 Faces of Honor joins our FACE TO FACE Programs. The purpose of Faces of Honor is to offer pro bono medical and surgical expertise to veterans who were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan and received face or neck injuries. Our motivation is simple: provide a “thank you” to the brave men and women who have served our country so well by offering what we have worked hard to achieve, our surgical expertise and skills as caring physicians.
The Faces of Honor Program is coordinated by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and its affiliated Foundation (together “the Academy”). The Academy’s role is to serve as a resource to help find surgeons willing to provide surgery to qualified veterans without a surgical fee to the patient. The Academy does not provide medical or surgical care. Consequently, the Academy does not enter into a physician/patient relationship with anyone. Not all Academy members perform all procedures included in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The Academy makes no warranties or representations about the skills of individual physicians or surgeons or their abilities. Inclusion of a surgeon on the list of volunteers for this program does not indicate that the surgeon is qualified to perform the surgery needed. The Academy does not provide medical advice, and no one should rely on the Academy’s statements in this document as providing such advice. Patients should rely exclusively on their physicians and surgeons for such advice.
FACE TO FACE – International
Members travel all over the world to help individuals whose faces were damaged at birth, by disease or by war. In addition, AAFPRS members share their knowledge and the latest techniques in facial plastic surgery with their international colleagues. To date, it is estimated that AAFPRS FACE TO FACE volunteers have helped approximately one thousand people worldwide. (Recent missions have included: Vietnam, Croatia, Russia and China.)
FACE TO FACE – The National Domestic Violence Project
Members volunteer to help victims of domestic abuse who cannot afford to receive treatment for facial injuries. These efforts repair both physical and psychological scars and help women to regain self-esteem and begin to rebuild their lives.
The AAFPRS is the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons –
with more than 2,600 members – whose cosmetic and reconstructive surgery focuses on the face,
head and neck. Academy fellows are board-certified and subscribe to a code of ethics