Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:21:27 AM
A colleague of mine had to have his nose removed after getting cancer caused by wandering around with the perpetual cigarette in his mouth. It started as a scab, then a hole in the bridge of the nose. A new nose was grown from the skin on his forehead, and swung into place. It was OK for a couple of years, but the cancer came back. He had the complete thing removed and now wears a prosthetic nose. The complete sorry episode took ten or more years and 30+ operations. I gave up smoking.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:38:45 PM
Poptartin: The reason for the forehead location is that they are constructing a nose that is well-supplied with blood flow. When "moving day" comes, the new nose is cut away, but the bridge area and its vessels are left attached. The nose is swung down into place, and the blood supply is unaffected. It has a far better chance of success than a free graft from another site.