Horrific, But Beautiful Photos Of Facial Reconstruction
You may remember an earlier piece about Gottfried Helnwein, a painter who did some incredibly haunting interpretations of the photos you see above. These are the patients of Harold Gillies, battle surgeon and general badass. Not all of these repairs were nice to look at, but having a face, however goofy or damaged, just makes you feel human, normal. That was the goal of these surgeries.
guy Surgery Wizard perfected the technique of using a pedicle, which is the tube of skin you’ll see in some of these pictures. By creating a closed flap of skin and stretching it out, you can use the newly generated skin to repair damaged tissue without leaving a wound open to infection. Most antibiotics were still in the experimental phases, so keeping a wound clean and free of bacteria was tantamount to the success of an operation (and, of course, the life of the patient). Incredible, pioneering work by this dude.
Source: Harold Gilles