Face it …


Doctors at a US clinic are to interview candidates in the coming weeks to determine their suitability for a face transplant.

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The operation involves taking all the skin from the donor’s hairline to jawline and from ear to ear. Surgeons would also save the nose, mouth, lips, eyebrows and eyelids and ensure that the muscles, the layer of fat and the nerves were still attached. Along with eight blood vessels, each element of the donated face would have to be carefully reconnected in a surgical procedure that could last up to 24 hours.
In addition, patients would have to take drugs to suppress their immune system (which would otherwise attack the new face as it is foreign tissue) for the rest of their lives.
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