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The word ‘Rhinophyma’ derived from the Greek rhis meaning nose and phyma meaning growth perfectly describes this rare skin disorder that causes an appearance of a large and bumpy nose. Rhinophyma also called ‘bulbous nose’ typically occurs during the later stages of rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is quite common. The skin condition causes red bumps with pus to form mostly on the cheeks and nasal, which progressively becomes worse with hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands leading to Rhinophyma.
Since Rhinophyma only occurs in the later stages of Rosacea, which means you may already have noticed the earlier symptoms such as facial flushing for no reason or sensitivity of the skin.
During the later stages of Rosacea you will notice symptoms such as:
- Gradual growth of the affected area giving a swollen, bulbous appearance
- Increase of oil glands
- Sweat pores enlarging
- Skin tone becoming reddish
- Thickening of the outer layer of the skin
If remained untreated, chances are these symptoms will only get worse over time and also may occur in cycles.
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Rhinophyma is known to occur mostly in men than in women from ages between 25 and 50.
According to experts you are more likely to be at a higher risk of suffering from Rhinophyma if you have:
- a family history of rosacea
- Fair skin
- Lighter hair colour
- blue or green eyes
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the rhinophyma procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
The surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the rhinophyma procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
A surgeon performing rhinophyma surgery can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery or maxillofacial surgery background. All three specialities are fully trained to perform rhinophyma.
Disfigurement of the affected area due to enlarged blood vessels and tissue over-growth can be permanent if no treatment is sought after. Topical treatments such as gels and antibiotics can be used to treat Rosacea at it’s early stages but does not work very well to treat rhinophyma.
At Centre for Surgery, the affected area is treated with surgical technique that has proven to be most effective in the long-run in comparison to certain medications.
Rhinophyma surgery is a simple and straightforward procedure and is performed under local anaesthesia. Various methods can be used to correct the bulbous appearance caused by the condition for a smooth and aesthetically pleasing result. The more traditional method involves using a scalpel to help remove the excess tissues formed in the problem area. Laser resurfacing or dermabrasion can also be used to restore the texture of the nose pre-Rhinophyma. The results are visible immediately after Rhinophyma surgery, but it takes up to a week for the nose to heal completely and 6-12 months to see the final result.
Post – Rhinophyma Surgery
The result after Rhinophyma surgery is very natural-looking and offers long-term skin enhancement with no scarring. Patients are advised not to go out in the sun for the first few weeks following their surgery to maintain the results and to speed up the recovery period.
Am I a good candidate for Rhinophyma surgery?
Rhinophyma surgery is suitable for you if you have been suffering from Rosacea that causes inflammation and swelling usually on the cheeks and nose, and the condition has worsened over time.
How is Rhinophyma Surgery performed?
The procedure can be performed using the traditional method with the use of scalpel to remove excessive tissues or even dermabrasion to give a smooth and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Will I be left with a scar?
No scarring is involved post-procedure.
Is the result permanent?
Yes, rhinophyma surgery offers a long-term aesthetically pleasing result.