Due to a rare birth defect, 17-year-old Cassidy Hooper of North Carolina, was born without eyes and a nose. Fortunately, Cassidy was born otherwise normal, and suffered no damage to her heart or brain.
With the new nose she’s always dreamed of on the way, Cassidy can finally look forward to something most of us take for granted: a new nose, a sense of smell, and a new lease on life. She will also receive prosthetic eyes. Cassidy currently attends a high school for the blind in Raleigh, NC, and hopes to be a radio broadcaster one day.
A Long Road
Cassidy’s journey to a new nose has not been easy or simple. This past summer, she underwent a variety of surgeries toward the final goal of a brand new nose.
The initial surgeries involved harvesting skin grafts and stretching skin in preparation for building the foundation for Cassidy’s new nose.
For her part, Cassidy has always remained stoic and optimistic; her mantra since age 11 has been quoted as “I don’t need easy; I just need possible.” With advances in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, this goal is becoming reality.
Since her final surgery was set for September 18th, only time will tell of the success of the surgery.
Cassidy’s case, though extraordinary, is just one example of how reconstructive rhinoplasty can change people’s lives. Though reconstruction has been an option for nasal trauma or birth defects in the past, recent innovations have made even more complicated reconstructions possible.
Reconstructive Rhinoplasty: A Complex Procedure
If you’re considering cosmetic or reconstructive rhinoplasty, it’s important to be aware of the complexity of the procedure. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures to perform correctly, and requires a surgeon with skill, artistry, and experience.
If you’d like to start consulting with highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons about your goals for nose surgery, contact our New York rhinoplasty centers in NYC or Long Island. Our team will be happy to discuss your expectations, rhinoplasty surgery cost, recovery outlook, and more.
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