It is with the profound sadness that we received the news that our patron Alan Rickman passed away this morning. Read More
Combating cancer, injury and disfigurement in the most socially important part of our bodies – the face and mouth
The face is the only part of our body we cannot hide. It conveys our emotions and innermost feelings. We often judge each other on the basis of facial appearance, making assumptions on a whole range of issues.
People suffer the consequences of facial diseases, injuries and disfigurement every day. In the United Kingdom 6,500 people develop oral cancer every year. Around 125,000 young people sustain serious facial injuries and 15,000 people receive treatment for facial disfigurement.
Despite the severity of these issues, this remains a much neglected research area leaving thousands of those unfortunate enough to be affected with little hope for the future. Not enough is known about facial disease, injury and deformity, their psychological and emotional impact and, critically, which treatments are most effective. Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation is the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to the worldwide reduction of facial injuries and diseases. We are taking the lead in education and research to improve the physical and psychological treatment of all victims of oral cancer and other facial diseases.
Well done to all our amazing Running Santas who took part in the 5 or 10K Santa Run on the 6th of December.
Sue was teased as a child because of her prominent nose and chin, but after a complicated facial reconstruction she now feels like a different person.
As a tribute to the inimitable Alan Rickman, The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley London is hosting a charity screening of Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, on Sunday the 24th of January. Tickets available online.
Professor Iain Hutchison, Chief Executive of Saving Faces, talks about facial surgery for TED.com.