Immunosuppressive medications' effect on nerve recovery

You'll need to take medications daily, often for life, to keep your body from rejecting your donor face (immunosuppressive medications). Mayo Clinic doctors study the effects of these medications, including their side effects and their effects on nerve recovery.

Nerve recovery occurs gradually in transplant. Nerve function usually takes several months to recover after a transplant. Your function may continue to improve over several years.

One immunosuppressive medication, tacrolimus (Prograf), may speed nerve recovery. Faster nerve recovery may reduce the amount of time before you begin to experience sensations, and function may return sooner. Doctors continue to study immunosuppressive medications to determine their effects on nerve recovery.