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Rhinophyma Surgery


Rhinophyma is a skin disorder characterized by a large, red, bumpy, or bulbous nose. It can occur as part of phymatous rosacea. The exact cause of rhinophyma is unknown, but it's considered a subtype of severe rosacea. This condition is significantly more common in men, especially between the ages of 50 to 70 years.

The characteristic appearance of rhinophyma often makes it easy to diagnose with just a visual examination.

Surgery is often the best option for long-term treatment of rhinophyma. As the tissues and blood vessels in the area keep growing, it is crucial to perform surgery as early as possible to prevent permanent disfigurement.

There are several surgical treatment options for rhinophyma, including:

  • Dermabrasion – which removes excess layers of skin
  • Cryosurgery – which freezes and destroys unwanted or abnormal tissues
  • Sharp excision – where doctors cut away the growth or excess tissue with a scalpel.
  • Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing – which may allow wounds to heal faster than using a scalpel.

Each surgical option has potential risks, so doctors will discuss all of the possible complications with the individual before helping them to decide on a procedure. Doctors may also recommend a combination of two or more techniques.