Face to Face: Reconstructive Surgery for Domestic Violence Survivors


Dr. Andrew Jacono

Dr. Andrew Jacono

Dr. Andrew Jacono is a “Good Guy.”  He has an award to prove it.

He does plastic surgery for the rich and famous in Manhattan.  He also works his magic to restore the beauty of people who have experienced domestic violence pro bono (free).  Why?

When you can give somebody back her life, it’s not sorrow.  It’s joy.

Once you’re out of an abusive relationship, it’s hard to move on.  Your wounds are a constant reminder every time you look in the mirror.  You’re always asked the same question:  “What happened to you?”  It’s cathartic to finally get rid of that.

Dr. Jacono got involved with Face to Face after a patient came in twice for reconstructive rhinoplasty (a nose job).  He thought she’d been in a car accident, but he discovered her husband had been beating her.

According to Parade Magazine, 300 physicians nationwide provide free reconstructive surgeries to people who have experienced domestic violence.  Face to Face works with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which refers patients for consultation and reconstructive surgery one year after they have left their abusive relationship:

We see lots of knife wounds to the face, cigarette burns, eye sockets depressed inward. . .

Seventy-five percent of injuries from a domestic partner are made to the head, face, and neck.  The men are trying to control a woman’s ability to leave the relationship.  They want them to appear ugly and disfigured.

Dr. Jacono is the chairman of Face to Face which is the humanitarian arm of the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  He is one of only a few surgeons who are dual certified in plastic surgery as well as head and neck surgery.  From 2003-2006 he chaired ABOUT FACE:  MAKING CHANGES, which is an annual benefit in Long Island for survivors of domestic violence.  That’s why the Center for the Women of New York gave him their “Good Guy” award in 2006

The toll free number for Face to Face is 800-842-4546.

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