Rhinophyma surgery

Rhinophyma is a 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.


Anaesthesia type: Local or ClearSleep

Procedure time: 3 hours

Recovery time: 5 days

Previously the bulbous nose had been thought to be caused by the consumption of alcohol regularly, however, this is not correct. The bulbous nose occurs equally in those that consume alcohol and those that do not. The problem occurs more so in men rather than women. The bulbous nose is thought to be due to the skin condition Rosacea which is chronic and is able to swell and even when seemingly fading it flares up again. This condition is usually present in the face, nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Rosacea can be caused by many different factors, it is best to keep track of what is consumed so whatever is the cause of the rosacea it can be prevented.

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:rhinophyma diagram

  • 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.

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

Anyone who is suffering from rhinophyma is a suitable candidate for rhinophyma reduction.

It is important to note Centre for Surgery offers this surgery to those who are over 18. It is important that you stop smoking prior to surgery and during the recovery period.

It is also recommended that you keep track of what causes the rhinophyma. This includes:

  • Sun exposure
  • Emotional stress
  • Wind
  • Spicy foods
  • Indoor heat
  • Certain cosmetics
  • Medical conditions
  • Marinated meats
  • Certain vegetables
  • Dairy products

Disfigurement of the affected area due to enlarged blood vessels and tissue over-growth can be if no treatment is sought after. Topical treatments such as gels and antibiotics can be used to treat Rosacea at its early stages but do not work very well to treat rhinophyma.

At Centre for Surgery, the affected area is treated with a 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.

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.

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rhinophyma surgery FAQs

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.

Are the results long term?

Yes, rhinophyma surgery offers a long-term aesthetically pleasing result.

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