FACE TO FACE International Conducts Pro-Bono Surgical Mission to Vietnam

This past October, six facial plastic surgeons with FACE TO FACE International, the pro-bono arm of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), conducted a Facial Plastic Surgery Review Course at the Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Known for its humanitarian work, FACE TO FACE makes this annual mission to Vietnam to deliver surgical training and care for Vietnamese patients. Cho Ray Hospital is the largest hospital in Vietnam, serving over 9,000,000 people in Ho Chi Minh City alone.

Under the direction of Dr. John Hodges,  a senior FACE TO FACE advisor, AAFPRS surgeons conducted a two-day course on Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and treated patients in need. Over 20 surgeries were completed, including demonstrations of scar revision, advanced rhinoplasty techniques including reconstructive work to correct cleft lip and nasal deformities.

One such beneficiary of this program is Yen.  Yen suffered severe facial soft tissue trauma in a motor bike accident as a child.  She was left with a disfiguring nasal deformity and disfiguring scars. Three years ago, the FACE TO FACE International team performed a near total nasal reconstruction using a paramedian forehead flap and conchal cartilage grafting for Yen. This year, Yen received revision surgery to further help her healing process, and better support her ability to breath through her nose. The surgeries have not only transformed her appearance, but given her the confidence to make eye contact with others again.



Founded in 1992, FACE TO FACE International is a humanitarian and educational surgical exchange program sponsored by the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).  Along with providing medical assistance to those affected by domestic violence in the United States, AAFPRS’ FACE TO FACE participants travel the world to provide complimentary care for those afflicted by facial deformities sustained at birth, by disease, or war.  In addition, AAFPRS members share their knowledge and the latest techniques in facial plastic surgery with their international colleagues.

Please contact KELZ PR – Sheila Arway – sheila@kelzpr.com – 917.664.9823 – to hear more about Yen’s journey, be connected with an AAFPRS member or receive additional images.