Rhinoplasty in Ancient India

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April 11, 2014

One of the first recorded accounts of reconstructive plastic surgery, according to many historians, is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts from 600 B.C.

In, Sushruta Samhita, a text by Hindu surgeon Sushruta, the “attached flap” method of plastic surgery is described.  This procedure was used to repair noses and ears that were lost either as punishment for crimes (such as adultery) or in battle.  During this procedure the nose is reconstructed by cutting skin from either the cheek or forehead, twisting the skin skin-side-out over a leaf of the appropriate size, and sewing the skin into place.  To keep the air passages open during healing, two polished wooden tubes would be inserted into the nostrils. This method became known as the “Indian Method of Rhinoplasty” and was kept secret for centuries in India (Haiken 1997).

Today, Rhinoplastys are preformed by skilled surgeons to reshape the nose to improve its appearance or function by altering its size, sculpting the nasal tip, removing nasal bumps or correcting any other deformity.


Dr. Swier is a highly trained, board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience.  He specializes in plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.  Call our office today to set up an appointment for a consultation.

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