The Educational and Research Foundation of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS Foundation) and the Candela Corporation are joining forces to support survivors of domestic violence.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Often, these injuries occur on the face, head and neck.
Through FACE TO FACE: The Domestic Violence Project, AAFPRS members offer pro bono facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to domestic violence survivors to repair injuries on the face, head and neck caused by an intimate partner or spouse.
The AAFPRS Foundation is establishing funding to support individuals whose injuries go beyond what the AAFPRS physician services can offer, such as a hospital stay or anesthesiologist fees. Candela has provided the seed money to establish this funding. In addition, the AAFPRS and Candela are collaborating to outline state-of-the-art protocols for instances where Candela’s Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser system will be used by FACE TO FACE surgeons to assist patients that require the treatment of scars or trauma-induced purpura.