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Full Face Transplant May Restore Function as Well as Form

Following her successful full face transplant last month, a woman who was attacked by a pet chimp two years ago should regain more functions as she heals, according to CNN.

While Nash is actually the third person to receive a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the nature of her injuries made the procedure much more involved.

Nash, who has been featured in Oprah, sustained her injuries in early 2009 when a chimpanzee owned by one of her friends violently attacked her. Though the attack was halted by police, the chimp had already caused extensive damage to Nash’s face, neck and hands.

Though Nash had already undergone some reconstructive surgeries on her face, as well as an unsuccessful hand transplant for both hands, this full face transplant should restore many natural functions. As the full face transplant heals, Nash’s doctors say she should regain the ability to smell, make facial expressions and to eat solid foods.

Dr. Elof Eriksson, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, called the full face transplant surgery a “tremendous success” and Nash’s brother sees the result of the surgery as “miraculous.”

Despite still having a long road to recovery, Nash remains what others call “courageous and strong,” and has goals as she heals from her full face transplant. Nash hopes to visit her favorite hotdog stand with her brother and to attend her child’s college graduation.

Benefits of Fat Grafting Extend to Reconstructive Patients

Reconstructive patients, as well as those who elect cosmetic treatments, can benefit from a procedure that uses their own excess fat, according to WWLTV in New Orleans.

Two months after she underwent a type of mommy makeover, which included breast augmentation and a tummy tuck, Tina, a 46-year-old mother of three learned she had breast cancer, unrelated to the surgeries.

After chemotherapy and radiation, part of her breast tissue was removed. In its place, a tissue expander was placed to keep the shape of the breast. As tissue expansion is only a step along the way to reconstructive procedures, it soon had to be replaced.

Tina’s plastic surgeon elected to use Tina’s own fat, which was removed from her lower body through liposuction to support the breast. In this process, the fat that was liposuctioned from Tina’s lower body was placed around the breast implant to cushion it and provide a natural appearance.

As she recovers and sees the benefits of her surgery, Tina says she now looks forward to an anniversary trip with her husband. They plan to renew their wedding vows in Hawaii.

In addition to this sort of life-altering use, the cosmetic applications of fat grafting are many. Most commonly, fat grafting is used on the face. Placement of this fat may fill depressions in the face like deep lines and wrinkles or scars. It may also be used for some body procedures, like a buttocks lift.

Israel’s First Female Plastic Surgeon Speaks About Reconstructive Surgery

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Photo by Pioter Fliter, courtesy Jewish Journal

One plastic surgeon, who is unique in her field in that she is the first Arabic female plastic surgeon, hopes to share the benefits of reconstructive surgery through her notoriety.

29 year old, Dr. El Hativ is the first female Israeli plastic surgeon, according to Jewish Journal, a distinction she finds both encouraging and a responsibility. With that comes carrying the weight of speaking for her patients and showing that plastic surgery stretches far beyond cosmetic procedures, El Hativ said.

El Hativ says the challenge of repairing traumas like burns, tumors and cleft palates, among others, is inspiring to her. As an artist, El Hativ says she is able to combine the medical with the aesthetic to help her reconstructive patients.

One such patient was a child who was born with a cleft palate. Three months after El Hativ performed the surgery, the child returned for a check up and El Hativ said there was no evidence of the cleft palate.

“I suddenly understood what I had done for her and how her life was transformed by this surgery,” El Hativ said.

For now, as El Hativ focuses her attention on helping reconstructive patients regain something they once thought was lost, she also works to educate her community about plastic surgery.

“They don’t know that there are so many other things we can do to help change people’s lives,” El Hativ said.

Among the reconstructive surgeries performed by plastic surgeons are also breast reconstruction after a mastectomy and tissue expansion, which works to create excess tissue as part of a procedure.