Think about all the functions your face performs: In so many ways, it allows a person to interface with the world – and not just to interact, either.

In so many ways, what’s processed in the brain is expressed through the face, and we receive so much of the information from the world, including the social environment, via the face.

That can make serious facial injuries resulting from gunshots, car accidents, burns or tumors that need to be removed all the more devastating and profoundly impactful. That’s fueled extensive expert efforts to rebuild what’s lost.