Rhinophyma is a skin condition involving the glands of the nose. These glands, called sebaceous glands, can become swollen and hypertrophic causing an enlarged and bumpy appearance to the nose. This condition is benign and not dangerous. However, as it progresses, the nose can become unsightly. It is often mistakenly attributed to severe alcoholism, although the exact cause remains unknown.
This problem can progress over the years to the point where the skin of the nose is so thick it is difficult to breathe. There are no known medical treatments for this condition but there is an effective surgical option called tangiential excision. The tissue is shaved and the nose sculpted to resemble the patient’s former nose before this disease. The skin is then allowed to heal, or re-epithelialize, on its own. The healing process can take 2 or 3 weeks for severely affected noses.
Once it has been treated, it is possible for the condition to return. It may need to be treated every few years to keep it under control. Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven Robinson is an expert at treating Rhinophyma with surgical removal. Please call us to set up a consultation or to ask any questions you may have.
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