Man Grows New Nose ... on His Forehead
Not your average nose job
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2013 3:19 PM CDT
The 22-year-old patient has an extra nose made out of his rib cartilage and implanted under the skin of his forehead.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A 22-year-old man in China needed a new nose. So a surgeon has built him one ... on his forehead. The surgeon, Guo Zhihui from Fujian Medical University Union Hospital, constructed the second nose out of cartilage from the man's ribs, then put it under the skin on his forehead ahead of an upcoming transplant to its rightful position in the middle of his face, the AP reports. Guo and his team spent three months expanding the forehead skin so it could fit the new nose cartilage; they build the nose's bridge first, then the nostrils. "We sculpted the nose three-dimensionally, like carpenters," he says. The entire process took nine months.

According to Reuters, the man—identified only as Xiaolian—damaged his original nose in a traffic accident, and an infection eroded its cartilage. The striking image of Xiaolian's second nose has spread around the world. The surgeons will eventually cut it off his forehead with the skin still attached, then rotate it and graft it onto his face, the AP reports. "We were just interested in helping the man and did not expect it would stir up this much attention," says Guo.

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Joe Methuen
Apr 24, 2014 10:45 AM CDT
It's a good thing his member was severed in the accident.
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Apr 24, 2014 5:05 AM CDT
Well it sure would be interesting to know at least a little bit about why they decided to put it on his forehead, of all places. That just seems like about the least appealing place one could come up with, other than maybe one's ar5e.
JUNIORHIGHTOWERTEXAN
Sep 29, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
This is against GOD here in TEXAS we aint growing no nose on youre face this is like frankenstien if youre nose is broke just fixit dont be putting a fake nose on youre face cause this against GOD and we TEXANS dont go against GOD. TEXAS TEXAS PRIDE TEXAS STRONG GOD IS A TEXAN WE AINT BROKE