DENTOFACIAL ESTHETIC CENTER
(Center for Correction of Dentofacial Defects
Saraf Hospital, Ravipuram, Kochi 682016.
Ph: 2380452, 2361093.
Registered Charitable Trust - Reg. No: 603/4/2003
and beauty play a very vital role in the emotional well
being of mankind. Facial appearance plays a vital role in
human social relationships and affects the level of
self-confidence and enthusiasm in individuals. However, not
all people are blessed with a beautiful face or a smile and
these unfortunate people find their facial appearance a
barrier in communicating whole-heartedly. Many of them have
There are thousands
of people in our own state, most of them belonging to the
economically backward classes, who are unable to get proper
treatment done, due to their financial constraints. Saraf
Hospital has formulated a plan to help the few who have been
afflicted by such problems.
We have opened a
facial and dental treatment center - Dentofacial Esthetics
Center (DEC) at Saraf Hospital, Kochi. This center is aimed at
attending to the deformity problems of the face and teeth. The
center will be addressing all problems affecting the appearance
of the face in general - from small moles and pigmentations on
the face to complex dento-facial deformities and defects. We are
also making provisions to treat the poor and needy sections of
the population who cannot afford the required treatment
procedures, which very often include complex facial surgical
procedures. The Center has been registered as a charitable
trust. We have launched the program "Beautiful Face", a
charitable project for the socio-economically backward patients.
The team of doctors involved in the project includes:
1. Dr. Anil Kumar Saraf MS (ENT) - ENT Surgeon
2. Dr. Jose Tharayil MS, FRCS - Plastic Surgeon
3. Dr. Prasanth Pillai MDS (OMFS), FICD - Dental, Oral &
4. Dr. Varghese Mathew, MD, Dermatologist
5. Dr. Narayan Naik, MD, Anesthesiologist
6. Dr. Sanjivani Saraf, Gynaecologist.
Prof. Dr. Varghese Mani MDS, an eminent Maxillofacial Surgeon of
international repute is the chief advisor of the project. These
doctors will also be assisted by another team consisting of
Orthodontists, Prosthodontists etc.
The Lions Club is associated with the DEC in the Beautiful Face
Project. An understanding has been reached between the Lions
Club and Saraf Hospital, in which the Lions Club has taken this
project as a health service project of the club and plans to
make it as an ongoing health project in the coming years. The
Lions Club has offered all its assistance to the project in the
form of finance as well as aid in planning and execution of the
project. The Lions Club will be organizing fund raising programs
for the purpose.
Several drug companies have come forward and are willing to
assist by providing free medicines. Several diagnostic
laboratories have come forward and are willing to provide their
services at a nominal cost.
As a part of an attempt to disseminate knowledge on facial
deformities and to update doctors on the various treatment
procedures to improve the facial and dental appearance, the DEC
has been conducting various continuing education programs. The
first of these was the famed cosmetic faciomaxillary national
workshop "FACE 2004", which was held at Saraf Hospital, Kochi,
on 22nd. & 23rd.of January 2004.
About 20 patients selected, after screening, have been
surgically treated as a part of the first phase of the project.
The expenses, which might be incurred in treatment of patients,
can vary from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 50,000 - or even more per
patient, as many of them require complex surgical procedures
involving use of surgical implants and such other accessories.
We are raising aid for the project through all possible means.
We earnestly request individuals and organizations to assist us
in this noble project... either in the form of financial
assistance or in some other way possible. We will accept cash as
well as cheques and demand drafts. All cheques / drafts are to
be made in favor of "DEC, Saraf Hospital". Even the smallest
contribution from your side will be highly appreciated. Please
remember, you are contributing to better the lives of several
unfortunate people afflicted by facial deformities... a noble
A project to add life to years of unfortunate few
To allow them to live with dignity and confidence
BEAUTIFUL FACE PROJECT
Launched by the Dentofacial Esthetic Center, Saraf
in association with
Lions Club of Cochin Queen City
Dr. Jose Tharayil MS, FRCS. Plastic Surgeon,
Ph: O- 0484- 2380452; R- 2304482
Prof. Dr. VargheseMani BDS, MDS-OMFS
Head, Dept. of Maxillofacial Surgery,
Govt. Dental College, Calicut
Dr. Prasanth Pillai BDS, MDS, FICD,
Dental, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Ph: O-2375150, 2380452; R- 2206410
Dr. Anil Kumar Saraf, ENT Surgeon
Dr. Varghese Mathew, Dermatologist
Dr. Narayan Naik, Anesthesiologist
Dr. Sanjivani Saraf, Jt. Secretary