Charla Nash was recently the first recipient of a successful facial transplant procedure following a devastating attack by a chimpanzee. She recently appeared on TV to allow the world to see her progress. It is an amazing feat of modern medicine to successfully perform this procedure.
Since her facial transplant in May of 2011, 20 other similar procedures have been completed. A patient in Turkey received a successful face transplant just one month ago. As a facial plastic surgery specialist, I can tell you that a patient in need of shaving their transplanted face just one month after surgery means it was a success. This work is truly amazing.