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In 2014, scientists reported the first ever successful nose reconstruction using cartilage grown in a lab. The team who engineered the treatment believe that the same process could be used for wider facial reconstruction surgery including complete noses, eyelids or ears.

How Does It Work?

The innovative procedure is safe and effective, and unlike previous procedures does not require invasive treatment. Before, surgeons would take a graft for reconstruction from the nasal septum, ear or ribs of the patient and use this to functionally reconstruct the area of cartilage damage – the nose, for example.This process was invasive and painful, and sometimes resulted in infections or complications at the site from which the graft had been taken. The new treatment allows scientists to extract a small sample of cells from the patient, isolate and replicate their cartilage cells, and shape the new lab grown cartilage to the correct proportions ahead of surgery.

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How Else Could This Be Used?

The scientists who perfected this novel procedure believe that growing cartilage in a laboratory could improve a range of surgeries, including knee repairs. It could also be used in other facial reconstruction surgeries where repair is done to the ears.

Ears and earlobes can suffer damage in a number of ways, and damage to ears can be upsetting for those who suffer it. Even something as simple as wearing heavy earrings over a number of years can cause earlobes to stretch and become elongated. Earlobes are a delicate part of the body, so if an earring is caught on something and pulled roughly it can cause the earlobe to split.

There are a number of options available if you are looking for earlobe repairs in London or elsewhere, and as it is a simple procedure done under anesthetic the treatment will be quick and painless. Clinics such as London cosmetic skin clinic offer free consultations ahead of any treatment so that you can be sure that you are making a decision that is right for you.

When considering a treatment such as earlobe repair, make sure that the doctor conducting the procedure is registered, experienced, and is a licensed member of the General Medical Council. It is also important to make sure that you follow any aftercare treatments that are prescribed, and avoid re-piercing for at least six months after repair.

About The Author

Sneha Srimani is a Bachelor of Science graduate in health education. She is also social media manager at NucleusAccumbens.com. Before coming to Nucleus Accumbens, she worked as a Jr. Medical Physicist. Now she decided to share her experience and medical information through this blog.