16th Century Diagrams of the Earliest Rhinoplasty

Published on January 4, 2011

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A 16th century book detailing one of the earliest rhinoplasty operations came to light when it was sold at auction. The operations were carried out to repair faces that had been wounded in battle. The tome is illustrated with diagrams in which the patient's nose was attached to a flap of skin from his upper arm. The book tells how he stayed like that for about three weeks until the skin from his arm had attached itself properly.

These days, rhinoplasty is much more straightforward. Read here for more information about modern day nose job, and the two major techniques involved. The Chow Center for Facial Plastic surgery also offers imaging sessions for those interested in seeing what they would look like post-operation.

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