Face transplants feasible — but not yet

November 20, 2003 | Source: NewScientist.com news

A Royal College of Surgeons report on the ethics and feasibility of face transplants has decided on a “wait and see” approach, saying the risks of immune rejection of the graft outweigh the potential benefits at present.

Critics of face transplant surgery also argue that patients risk psychological problems after surgery, since the patient is not likely to resemble either the donor or their original face.

Note: The 1997 “Face/Off” movie featured an FBI agent and a criminal who had transplants of each others’ faces. — Ed.