Rhinophyma is a condition that is fairly common, particularly in adult men. It causes development of a large, bulbous, ruddy nose. It is characterized by prominent pores and fibrous thickening of the nose. Sometimes papules will develop creating further irregularity. It is a slowly progressive condition due to hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands of the tip of the nose.
Alcoholism is mistakenly attributed as a cause of this disease. Therefore, there is a lot of stigma that can go along with this condition. Actually, rhinophyma is frequently familial and most often associated with a condition called rosacea. Although prevention by controlling your rosacea may be the best treatment, once the rhinophyma develops, the most effective options for treatment are surgical. Surgical options, to name a few, include dermabrasion, CO2 laser, paring the tissue away which may include skin grafting in rare cases. Usually the surface of the nose can heal back just as well or as smoothly without a skin graft. Sometimes patients with the most severe rhinophyma will need to have staged or multiple treatments.
Patients frequently seek help when they are having trouble breathing or the large bulbous nose is obstructing there vision as a distraction. Still, in almost all cases, improvement in the rhinophyma is considered cosmetic by insurance companies. Rhinophyma is a condition you can effectively treat—certainly, it is not anything you need to be ashamed of.
Dr. Brock can improve your rhinophyma, keeping you very comfortable during surgery and afterwards. Treatment can be performed comfortably under local anesthesia as an outpatient. Restore your confidence! Call Dr. Brock for a consultation today.