It’s being reported that this is an “update to a common procedure,” but it doesn’t seem that the public is generally aware of the frequency with which people grow body parts assisted by plastic surgeons. A Chinese man is growing a new nose on his forehead after losing his original nose after infection set into it following a car accident. While this procedure in its more primitive form is apparently not that unusual, how many people are out there walking around with noses on their foreheads? Not too many!
The journal Live Science interviewed plastic surgeon David Cangello who says the unique nose job is “a different take on a principle that we commonly use in reconstruction.” Perhaps the “different” part is the fact that this guy is sporting a giant schnoz where it is least expected to be.
However odd it may look, it’s actually quite an amazing feat of science. To make the new nose, doctors first stretched out the man’s skin using special instruments to make a “rough shape of a nose,” then they used cartilage from the man’s rib and filled out the stretched skin, molding it and forming it into a perfect nose shape.
Doctors say the nose is doing wonderfully. It is full of flowing blood, cartilage, nerves and blood vessels; all the ingredients for a perfect new nose. It is almost done growing, and will soon be transplanted into its proper position on the man’s face. After the transplant takes, doctors say, the man will have normal nose functions and he can be expected to live a totally full life with a regular sense of smell.
It’s the first time a nose has been grown on someone’s forehead, although plasticsurgery.com reports that tissue expansion is widely practiced to recreate almost any body part. According to their website:
Tissue expansion is a relatively straightforward procedure that enables the body to “grow” extra skin for use in reconstructing almost any part of the body. A silicone balloon expander is inserted under the skin near the area to be repaired and then gradually filled with salt water over time, causing the skin to stretch and grow. It is most commonly used for breast reconstruction following breast removal, but it’s also used to repair skin damaged by birth defects, accidents or surgery, and in certain cosmetic procedures.
With the advent of whole face transplants, possible lab-grown organs and the creation of muscle using animal tissues, the thought of a nose growing on a man’s forehead doesn’t seem all that strange…until you see the picture. While few would argue that at this point, the man’s nose is wildly unattractive in its current location, vanity becomes totally unimportant when faced with the reality of being able to replace an old, deformed, non-functioning nose with a perfect, brand spanking new model. This is one nose job that comes with major benefits.
By: Rebecca Savastio