Biography of Léon Dufourmentel
In France, Leon Dufourmentel is remembered as the only surgeon practising plastic surgery after World War I. He was a specialist in maxillo-facial surgery and head of the department of reconstructive surgery.
He was the son of a merchant. He interned at the Paris hospitals and later head of the clinic of the medical feculty in Paris. He was also head of a department of reconstructive surgery.
During World War I he established a unit for maxillo-facial surgery. In 1918 he devised the graft technique named for him, Greffe Dufourmentel. He was the son-in-law of the anatomist Pierre Sebileau (1860-1953) and the father of the plastic surgeon Claude Dufourmentel (born 1915)
Leon Dufourmentel said in 1948, "...If I went to Picasso for my portrait, he would probably make me a monster and I should be pleased because it would be worth a million francs. But if Picasso came to me with a facial injury and I made him into a monster, aha, he might not be so pleased."