A man who’s rare medical condition made his face look a bit like a lion’s has been give a new lease on life after plastic surgeons rebuilt his jaw. Suresh, from Tamil Nadu in India, developed lion face syndrome when he was 18.
It caused his face to swell to an agonising size, and for years, doctors were unable to help him.
The condition is characterised by the facial bones overgrowing, supposedly giving the patient a lion-like visage.
According to reports, it can only be treated by exposing the overgrown bones and chipping away at them, a painful process.
For 20 years Suresh lived with his condition and doctors let him down time and time again.
But now, thanks to surgeon Sunil Richardson, the patient is almost unrecognisable.
“This patient had visited more than a dozen surgeons in different cities seeking treatment and all of the doctors only delayed it,” said Dr Richardson.
“He heard about our craniofacial work through another patient and then came over.
“Since he was a poor patient, we treated him for free and he only paid for his medicines.”
He continued: “Surgical treatment is the only effective choice and we did a cosmetic shave of the lesion without leaving an obvious scar.”
In post-surgery photos, Suresh – whose name has been changed for privacy reasons – appears completely transformed.