A year-old video tells the story of America's first face transplant recipient:
Katie Drummond reports that the military is investing heavily in more research:
The procedure carries lifelong implications. Patients require years of rehabilitative therapy to finesse facial movements like chewing and swallowing, along with immuno-suppressing drugs to prevent rejection of the foreign tissue. Then there are the psychological considerations: Patients need to adjust to a new set of facial characteristics — often a hybrid of their former face and their donor’s — which is inevitably a weighty toll.