Finding information about facial differences, and resources about craniofacial surgery and/or prosthesis is difficult. You are welcome to contact our Library Services for journal articles and information at 416-480-6100 ext. 64615. We hope you find the following suggestions helpful. Also see our Glossary of Terms below

Support Groups

  • About Face - an international organization providing emotional support, connections and information to individuals with facial differences, and their families. They are located at 123 Edward Street, Suite 1003, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1E2. Telephone: 416.597.2229 or 1.800.665.FACE.

Suggested Reading

  • Changing Faces. Facing the Future - a series of booklets about facial disfigurement. Includes "Meeting new people, making new friends," and "Making the change." - Changing Faces, 1 & 2 Junction Mews, London W2 1PN, United Kingdom. (Also available through About Face)
  • Cole, Johnathan (1998) - About Face - Cambridge Massachusettes: The MIT Press
  • Let's Face It (Annual). Resource for people with facial differences. Let's Face It, P.O. Box 29972, Bellingham, Washington U.S.A. 98228-1972. Telephone: 360.676.7325
  • Shafritz, Linda R. (1994) - Face Value: Coping with Facial Disfigurement


  • Face First - featuring adults with facial differences talking about their experiences. 30 minutes. Mike Grundmann, 1119 Aspen Street, Santa Ana, California, U.S.A. 92705-6702. Telephone: 1.800.738.8092 or e-mail: Mike_Grundmann@link.freedome .com (also available on loan from About Face).
  • Mirror Mirror - CBC Production (Man Alive). Adults with facial differences, and parents of children with facial differences discuss their experiences. (Also available on loan from About Face).

Web sites

Glossary of Terms

  • Abutment:  small round cylinders supported by implants in the bone that link the prosthesis to the implants; the prosthesis is anchored by using clips or magnets
  • Anomalies: irregular or different from the norm
  • Audiologist: therapists who work with people with hearing difficulties
  • Anaplostology: the art and science of restoring malformed or absent parts of the human body through artificial means
  • Camouflage Therapist: therapist who specializes in custom formulation make-up to help camouflage burns, scars, and other skin discolourations
  • Congenital: existing at or before birth
  • Craniofacial: involves head and face
  • Diagnostic: an instrument or technique used in medical examination or treatment planning to define or identify a particular disease ro characteristics
  • Hygiene: conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health
  • Hygienist: assists dentist in providing preventive dental services
  • Implant: to insert or embed (an object or device) surgically; titanium implants called fixtures are placed in the bone to provide a permanent and stable means of attaching facial prosthesis
  • Multidisciplinary: making use of several (healthcare) professionals at once
  • Prosthesis: an artificial replacement for a portion of the body that is missing or disfigured. Prosthesis are custom-made from various materials including silicone 
  • Prosthodontist: a specialist in dentistry who deals with the replacement of missing teeth and related mouth and jaw structures by bridges, dentures or other artificial means
  • Silicone: a flexible, durable rubber used to simulate soft tissues
  • Speech Pathologist: therapists that study speech defects or disorders

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Location and Contact

Craniofacial Prosthetics Unit

Odette Cancer Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 
T-wing, ground floor, room TG 260
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Judy Gibson
Phone: 416-480-4254
Email: judya.gibson