A new nose, grown by surgeons on Xiaolian's forehead, is pictured before being transplanted to replace the original nose, which is infected and deformed, at a hospital in Fuzhou

A Chinese man from the Fujian province has had a new nose grown on his forehead following a traffic accident in August 2012.

Surgeons had to take the extreme measure after an infection corroded the cartilage of the 22 year old man’s original nose, making it impossible for surgeons to fix it.

The procedure involves placing a skin tissue expander onto the patient’s forehead, cutting it into the shape of a nose and planting a cartilage taken from his ribs.

Doctors say that the the nose is in good shape after 9 months of growth and the transplant will be performed soon, local media reported.