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Grants We Funded

In 2019, The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) awarded 33 investigator-initiated projects and allocated $891,274 to support the newest, clinically relevant research in plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons/PSF leadership is committed to continuing to provide high levels of investigator-initiated research support to ensure that plastic surgeons have the needed research resources to be pioneers and innovators in advancing the practice of medicine.

Research Abstracts

Search The PSF database to have easy access to full-text grant abstracts from past PSF-funded research projects 2003 to present. All abstracts are the work of the Principal Investigators and were retrieved from their PSF grant applications. Several different filters may be applied to locate abstracts specific to a particular focus area, or PSF funding mechanism.

Functional Microanatomy of the Facial Nerve

Principal Investigator
Kallirroi Tzafetta MD


Eastern Virginia Medical School

Funding Mechanism
Basic Research Grant

Focus Area
Cranio/Maxillofacial/Head and Neck

Despite huge interest in the facial nerve by many disciplines, its extratemporal microanatomy remains controversial, especially in the periorbital and midbrow regions. The purpose of this study is to combine electrophysiology and microanatomy to better define the extratemporal microanatomy of the facial nerve. Special interest is going to be paid to the periorbital area and glabella, and mapping of the innervation of the orbicularis oculi, procerus and corrugator supercilii muscles. The intention is for this study to serve as a guide of the facial nerve microanatomy and its variations for facial rejuvenation surgery, especially useful both for the aggressive and minimally invasive approaches to the face.