A man in China has a new nose growing on his forehead in preparation for transplant surgery, doctors say.

The 22-year-old, named Xiaolian, lost his original nose after a car collision last year. Surgeons were unable to repair his severe nasal trauma.

The only alternative was to take cartilage from his ribs, cut it into the shape of a nose, place it onto Xiaolian's forehead and grow new skin over it.

Surgeons at a hospital in Fuzhou in Fujian province say they expect to transplant the new nose soon.

Previously, a human ear has been grown on an arm.

With files from Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Reuters