Photo Credit: AAFPRS
The Trump Soho Hotel on Spring Street welcomed a rather well heeled group of New Yorkers, and a coterie of Bravo’s Real Housewives, to honor Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif and his wife (the star of RHOBH) Adrienne Maloof for the Ninth Annual About Face Benefit for Domestic Violence Survivors. Beautyinthebag.com was there to add our support to this important cause for women! aboutface2011.com/
The celebratory event was co-chaired by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Senior Advisor to Face to Face Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Park Slope Productions in an effort to raise awareness and funding to support the plight of women who suffer at the hands of their abusers.
Did you know that:
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime
- A woman is battered every 9 seconds by an intimate or former partner in the U.S.
- 75% of women in an abusive relationship endure injury to their head and face area
- Over 5 million women are affected by domestic violence in the U.S. every year and more than 1 million require medical treatment
Drs. Jacono and Nassif were joined by their colleagues and fellow members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons AAFPRS.ORG, Drs. Neil Gordon, Philip Miller and Mark Zimbler (pictured above from left to right – Gordon, Nassif, Jacono, Miller, Zimbler). Staffed by facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, nurses, speech pathologists and anesthesiologists, the AAFPRS is the first surgical group to take action against domestic violence. Through FACE TO FACE, the AAFPRS works hand in hand with shelters nationwide to offer support and psychological healing even before surgery. These board certified facial plastic surgeons take time out of their busy practices to reconstruct damaged facial features to help these women put their lives back together and erase the stigma of abuse. To date, the FACE TO FACE Program and AAFPRS – comprised of 310 facial plastic surgeons in 44 states – has completed over 2,500 patient referrals.
“Often times pro bono plastic surgery is important to the recovery of domestic violence victims because it erases the final reminders of their abuse, the physical scars and facial disfigurement, “ said Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono.
Dr. Jacono’s work with these patients is the subject of an upcoming documentary – FACING TRAUMA – that chronicles the healtbreaking stories of women who have been disfigured from violent circumstances, as they struggle to reconstruct their lives both physically and emotionally. FACING TRAUMA makes its world premiere debut on Wednesday, October 26 at 10PM ET, with new premieres airing weekly on Wednesdays at 10PM ET.
If you or someone you know needs help, the AAFPRS offers a 24-hour toll-free number for victims of domestic violence, which is answered by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)- 800.842.4546.