At NYU Langone’s Face Transplant Program, part of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, our experts have performed multiple face transplants, including the most extensive face transplant to date and the first in New York state. We are pioneers in face transplant surgery, as one of only a handful of medical centers in the United States—and the only one in New York state—with a dedicated program for face transplants.
We have a clinical research study open to selected patients who have sustained facial trauma or disfigurement, burns, and acquired malformations of the face.Learn More
A face transplant is an incredibly complex procedure that requires the expertise of more than 100 physicians, nurses, medical staff, and support staff. This surgery involves the transplantation of facial tissue from a deceased donor to a person with a severe facial deformity. A face transplant has the potential to transform a person’s life by restoring function, appearance, and sensation in the face, as well as enhancing overall quality of life.
We use the most advanced three-dimensional (3D) imaging technology before and during the surgery to create a model of the donor’s face, map out the complex procedure for the recipient, develop a plan to achieve maximum aesthetic and functional results, and guide the entire operation.
As innovators, our experts in the Face Transplant Program continue to perform research to improve all aspects of this procedure. Recently, our surgeons achieved the shortest wait time of approximately 18 months, from initial injury to the face transplant surgery, for a patient. This substantial reduction in wait time allows for better physical and emotional recovery for our patients.
“I am very grateful to be given a second chance.”
Joe, Age 22Read All Face Transplant Patient Stories
Our surgeons’ experience and expertise have also helped them reduce the length of the surgery itself, which lowers the risk of complications for patients. This reduced surgery time helps to decrease the amount of time a patient stays in the hospital after the procedure, allowing them to return home sooner.
After our patients leave the hospital, they continue outpatient rehabilitation therapy through Rusk Rehabilitation, which often involves a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. They also take anti-rejection medications to help the body’s response to the new organ, and NYU Langone’s new anti-rejection therapies are helping to provide better outcomes for our patients.
Building on our surgical expertise from our previous face transplant procedures, our team is the first in the world to successfully transplant both hands and the full face of a single donor to the same recipient. Using the cutting-edge technology and expansive operating rooms in NYU Langone’s Kimmel Pavilion, our highly skilled surgical teams simultaneously operated on both the donor and recipient to transplant both hands to the mid-forearm and the full face. The groundbreaking success of this combination transplant procedure illustrates our team’s dedication to taking on new challenges and advancing the field of transplantation.
Our surgeons specialize in the complex reconstructive surgical procedures and regenerative medicine techniques that are required to perform a successful face transplant.