AAFPRS and Candela Partner to Aid Domestic Abuse Survivors

The Educational and Research Foundation of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS Foundation) and Candela Corporation are joining forces to support survivors of domestic violence.

FACE TO FACE: The Domestic Violence Project is one of three arms to the AAFPRS Foundation’s humanitarian programs. Through this program, AAFPRS members offer pro-bono facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to domestic violence survivors to repair face, head and neck injuries caused by an intimate partner or spouse. The facial plastic surgeons who have participated in the program have helped more than 1,000 women since its inception in 1994.

This year, the AAFPRS Foundation has been working to establish funding to support individuals whose injuries go beyond what AAFPRS physician services can offer, such as hospital stay or anesthesiologist fees. In response, Candela has provided the seed money to establish this funding. In addition, the AAFPRS and Candela are collaborating to outline protocols for instances where Candela’s Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser system will be used by FACE TO FACE surgeons to assist patients who require the treatment of scars or trauma-induced purpura.

“Our FACE TO FACE: The Domestic Violence Project helps rebuild the lives of individuals by improving the visible evidence of the suffering they have endured. The FACE TO FACE surgeons involved assist in helping these survivors heal, putting the trauma behind them to live successful and happy lives,” says Westchester, New York-based facial plastic surgeon Manoj T. Abraham, MD, chair of the AAFPRS Foundation FACE TO FACE Program. “The AAFPRS Foundation is pleased to partner with Candela, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other companies, foundations and individuals to help us achieve this goal.”