Chinese doctors grow new nose on man's forehead

CHINA - Xiaolian, 22, neglected his nasal trauma following a traffic accident in August 2012.

After several months, the infection had corroded the cartilage of the nose, making it impossible for surgeons to fix it leaving no alternative but to grow a new nose for replacement.

A hospital in Fuzhou, Fulian province, China, came up with an innovative idea to do just that. Doctors decided to grow him a new "nose" using his own skin and part of a cartilage.

The new nose was grown 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.

Guo Zhihui, head of plastic surgery at Xiehe Hospital said that the hardest step has been completed, and he does not foresee and complications regarding the transplant surgery.

The surgeons said that the new nose is in good shape and the transplant surgery could be performed soon, local media reported.