Chinese man Xiaolian grows nose on forehead to replace damaged original after accident
Published 27/09/2013 | 00:00
Chinese man, Xiaolian, is under-going a transplant using a nose grown on his forehead.
He suffered an infection after failing to seek medical advice in the aftermath of a car crash in 2012.
The infection corroded away cartilage, making it impossible for surgeons to repair his original nose.
Xiaolian's new nose was created by medical staff at at hospital in Fuzhou, Fujian province.
Doctors used a skin tissue expander placed on his forehead to create the shape, and planted cartilage from his ribs to produce the structure.
The new nose is doing well and should be ready for transplant surgery in the near future, according to surgeons at the hospital.
Shehan Hettiaratchy, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Imperial College, said: "The forehead is a traditional place to get extra tissue from to rebuild a nose.
"The skin from there is a good match for nose skin. Most importantly, the forehead skin can be moved to the nose and keep its blood supply, which is essential otherwise the skin would die."