A man has had surgery to have half of his nose re-attached after it was bitten off during an assault in Sydney's inner west, police say.
The 38-year-old took himself and his nose to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital following the attack at a unit block in Leichhardt yesterday afternoon.
The attack is believed to have been captured on CCTV camera.
Inspector Naomi Moore, from the Leichhardt local area command, said the victim was at home at a unit complex on Norton Street when another man arrived about 5pm and assaulted him.
During the assault, the offender bit off part of the man's nose, before fleeing down Norton Street.
"I would say that approximately half of his nose was bitten off," Inspector Moore said.
"He was able to salvage it and took it off to hospital, believe it or not."
The man underwent surgery to reattach his nose, and was recovering in hospital on Wednesday morning.
Inspector Moore said it was not clear whether the men knew each other or why the attack occurred.
Detectives hope to retrieve CCTV footage of the assault and review it on Wednesday.
"We're in the very early stages of the investigation, and hopefully today we will be reviewing footage," she said.
"We know that the victim lived there in a unit on Norton Street, and the other person came to his premises.
"The detectives are hoping to speak further to [the victim] today at some stage."
Police set up a crime scene at the unit complex on Tuesday afternoon and forensic officers examined the area.
- Sydney Morning Herald