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Face Transplants Face Reality

Experts are wary as some surgeons seek to attempt a face transplant -- a procedure that probably isn't what you think it is.

Face Transplants: Serious Surgery for Serious Situations continued...

Pearlman says that he and others in the American Academy of Facial, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery are developing guidelines for experimental face transplants.

For the time being, the only guidelines are those of the Royal College of Surgeons.

"Until there is further research and the prospect of better control of these complications, it would be unwise to proceed with human facial transplantation," they state. "This conclusion is not adverse to facial transplantation. Indeed, it acknowledges the need to recognize it as a possible future treatment. It simply means that the work should take a much more incremental approach than some of the current hype surrounding it has suggested."

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