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Woman Gets New Nose After Car Wreck

By on December 2, 2011 in Health News Texas with 0 Comments

Jacqui Saburido could soon have a new nose, thanks to an ancient procedure performed by Brazil’s most famous plastic surgeon.

Jacqui Saburido, before and after accident. photo/

Saburido, 32, who was badly burned when the car she was riding in was struck by a drunken driver near Lake Travis in 1999 and who has become the face of worldwide campaigns against drunken driving, is undergoing a procedure to turn a flap of her skin into a new nose.

The process, sometimes called “waltzing a flap,” is repeated until the tube reaches the proper place on the face, where it is sculpted into a nose once the blood flow is firmly established. Sometimes cartilage from ears or ribs and other hard materials are used to shape the new nose.

In Saburido’s case, Pitanguy has moved the tube up her chest. Pitanguy said his clinic has performed two movements of the tissue tube, which is currently attached near Saburido’s neck.

“It’s an older, yet tried and true method,” said Dr. Adam Bryce Weinfeld, a plastic surgeon with Seton Medical Center’s advanced facial surgery center. “Sometimes the older methods are the only way to do this.”

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