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OUR STORY

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WE ARE myFace

There is no condition that impacts the body and the spirit as equally as facial deformity.

Without our support, having a facial deformity can be shameful and humiliating while also impeding the basic functions a child needs to survive and grow. In the U.S. alone, 1 in 700 children is born with an oro-facial cleft and 1 in 1,600 is born with facial asymmetry, a missing ear, a jaw deformity, or a defect of the skull, nerves or facial bones. These are myFace’s children.

HISTORY

myFace, formerly the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction (NFFR), is a non-profit organization founded to address the all-too-visible plight of those with facial deformity by assuring them access to the comprehensive and highly personalized team care at the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center (formerly the IRPS). The department provides integrative, highly specialized and personalized team care to all those who request treatment, regardless of the type or severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the family’s ability to afford care.

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CARE

We are the Global Model for Craniofacial Care and Treatment. With a special focus on children and their families, myFace funds medical, surgical, dental and psychosocial services as well as research and public awareness.
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COMPASSION

myFace is dedicated to transforming the lives of patients living with craniofacial conditions. We strive to educate others on the importance of empathy, celebrating uniqueness and always choosing to be kind.
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COMMUNITY

myFace recognizes the critical need for family support groups designed to provide much needed guidance for our patients, siblings and their parents. The Newman center addresses all of the psycho-social needs of our patients and their families.

Transform a life today!

Take part in the transformative care of patients and their families living with craniofacial conditions.

Transform a life today!

Take part in the transformative care of patients and their families living with craniofacial conditions.

Facial deformities can threaten the life of a child by obstructing the airway, which allows a child to breathe, eat, sleep and speak.

It can impact hearing and vision, and leave an infant undernourished, listless, developmentally delayed and failing to thrive. Facial deformities alters appearance, putting a child at the mercy of bullies and the cruel and insensitive comments of peers and strangers. Because so much facial repair is still considered cosmetic, out of pocket costs for reconstruction put an enormous burden on a middle class family, but the burden is insurmountable for a low or very low-income family. myFace’s Clinic Care program covers the care of the children and young adults from low-income families, many of whom are adolescents with severe conditions that require long-term care.

Facial deformities can threaten the life of a child by obstructing the airway, which allows a child to breathe, eat, sleep and speak.

It can impact hearing and vision, and leave an infant undernourished, listless, developmentally delayed and failing to thrive. Facial deformities alters appearance, putting a child at the mercy of bullies and the cruel and insensitive comments of peers and strangers. Because so much facial repair is still considered cosmetic, out of pocket costs for reconstruction put an enormous burden on a middle class family, but the burden is insurmountable for a low or very low-income family. myFace’s Clinic Care program covers the care of the children and young adults from low-income families, many of whom are adolescents with severe conditions that require long-term care.

Our Clinic Care program provides medical, psychological, orthodontic and social support for 80% of the patients at the department.

Thanks to myFace’s annual support of $3 million dollars, as well as the generosity of the Institute’s doctors who provide their services pro bono for our neediest patients, all children at the Institute receive the same quality reconstructive care. Since children with severe deformities often need 40-80 procedures during their childhood years, treating these patients is our greatest challenge.

Our Clinic Care program provides medical, psychological, orthodontic and social support for 80% of the patients at the department.

Thanks to myFace’s annual support of $3 million dollars, as well as the generosity of the Institute’s doctors who provide their services pro bono for our neediest patients, all children at the Institute receive the same quality reconstructive care. Since children with severe deformities often need 40-80 procedures during their childhood years, treating these patients is our greatest challenge.

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