Doctors in Barcelona say that on March 20, they performed a very extensive face transplant operation on a man who had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 24-hour surgery replaced the cheekbones, facial muscles, lips, jaw and other facial structures.
The surgery is said to be even more extensive than the face transplant operation performed at the Cleveland Clinic in 2008. “This is the first full face transplant performed worldwide, as the 10 operations performed previously had been only partial,” said a statement released by Vall d’Hebron University Hospital.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.