Doctors recreated a man’s nose who had been attacked by a dog

Through a perennial process they managed and gradually recreated a man who had been attacked by a dog in 2017. 37-year-old Andrew Koplove now regained his normal appearance, as doctors managed to recreate it using bone, cartilage and skin from other parts of his body After the attack in 2017, Andrew was left with two small holes in place of his nose. He had also lost a portion of his ear. His face was so deformed that he was ashamed to leave the house. When he did, he covered the nose area with a bandage so people wouldn’t look at him. A year and a half after the accident, the process of rehabilitation began and more than 14 surgeries had a new nose. “Before the restoration took place, I felt that I had lost much of myself. People looked at me with curiosity and asked me what happened to me. It was terribly uncomfortable,” he said. “The surgeries gave me back my life and confidence. Now I’m dating, I meet people and I’m not afraid to go around.” The restoration gradually took place in Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. To create the underlying tissues of the nose, doctors used cartilage and bone from its sides. They also took cartilage and skin from his ear. In the end they covered the new nose with skin taken from its forehead. Essentially his nose consists of three stacks. The interior is the thinner and with most vessels. The middle is the one that gives it its shape and consists of cartilage and bone. And the outer is the skin of his forehead, which has the same color and characteristics as the rest of his face. Unexpected complication The path of rehabilitation was not useless. After placing the cartilage on the middle level, Andrew presented post-operative infection that spread across the cartilage. “We have learned over the years to closely monitor patients for such complications and to intervene quickly,” said repair surgeon and otorinolaryngologist Dr. Patrick Byrne, director at the Department of Otorinolaryngology – Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Cervical Surgery. “We needed to repeat the process to get an acceptable result”. After overcoming this obstacle, Koplove continued operations. It now has a aesthetically pleasant and functional nose. “His face and characteristics are our identity and I had lost it,” said the young man. “I would not be here today to speak openly if there were no Dr. Byrne and his team. They gave me my life back.” In the US nearly 220,000 rhinoplastics are performed annually, usually for improvement of appearance or breathing. Few consist of fully restoring nose to victims of accidents such as traffic or dog attacks. Source: