A French team of surgeons say they have completed a human face transplant that included replacing the patient’s eyelids.
The 35-year-old suffered from a genetic disorder that left him badly disfigured.
The 12-hour operation took place in Paris at the end of last month but the news was only announced on Thursday.
The doctors reattached new eyelids and tear ducts to the patient’s eye muscles, which they say is a world first in face transplant surgery.
Professor Laurent Lantieri said: “We have included the eyelids which means the muscle of the eyelids and the lacrymal duct, which is the difficulty of this kind of transplant.
“We will have to wait for the ingrowth of the nerve to see the real animation (of the eye). That is the point we are waiting for now.
The patient, who is known only as Jerome, is still recovering in Paris and is said to be happy with the result of the operation.