Xiaolian, a 22-year-old man from China, was recently involved in a car accident that damaged his nose, which eventually became infected after he refused medical treatment. In just a few months time, the bacteria had corroded the cartilage of the nose. Fortunately, the doctor decided to remove the infected tissue and grow the young man a new 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. Continue reading for a news report and more information.
Unlike reconstructive surgery in the Western world, doctors put tissue expanders under the forehead skin to stretch the skin enough to cover the new nose, place the cartilage right where the old nose used to be, and then lastly bring the skin flap over it. Growing the entire nose on his forehead means that it can be moved blood vessels and skin intact, maximizing the transplant’s chances of success.