A man in east China’s Fujian Province suffered severe nasal trauma in a serious car accident back in August of 2012.
To fix his current deformity, he’s growing a new nose on his forehead so it can be transplanted on his face – literally.
Let’s back up. The patient, nicknamed “Xiaolian,” 22, opted against immediate plastic surgery and received only basic care after his serious accident.
As months went by, “his condition was infected due to absence of surgery and his nasal cartilage started to be corroded, making it impossible for surgeons to do nasal reconstruction,” the New York Post reports.
So surgeons sought to grow a new nose on Xiaolian’s forehead in a first-of-its-kind medical procedure.
We don’t claim to know exactly how it’s done, but the Post has the details:
The way is to grow the nose by placing a skin tissue expander onto Xiaolian’s forehead, cutting it into the shape of a nose and planting a cartilage taken from his ribs.
Now after nine-month growth, the surgeons said, the nose is in good shape and transplant will be performed soon.
Guo Zhihui, director of Plastic Surgery Department of Xiehe Hospital Affiliated to Fujian Medical University, said the “hardest step” is over as the plastic surgery is “not difficult.”
He says the 22-year-old will be able to resume a normal life after his surgery.
(H/T: Daily Mail)