What is rhinophyma?
Rhinophyma is a skin condition affecting the nose in which the skin is thickened and the sebaceous (oil) glands are enlarged. The inflammatory skin appears skin coloured or red and often has prominent blood vessels, which may be thin and red (telangiectasia) or larger and purplish in hue (venulectasia). The affected skin may be bulbous, pitted due to prominent pores (which may ooze sebum or contain a scaly plug), and scarred.
The progression of rhinophyma can be gradual (starting at the tip of the nose), or more rapid, depending on the patient. If left untreated, rhinophyma tends to worsen over time.
Untreated rosacea can lead to the nose becoming redder, swollen at the end and gaining a bumpy surface which changes shape. This swelling is because there is a formation of scar-like tissue and the sebaceous glands get bigger. It is not exactly known what caused rhinophyma.
Rhinophyma treatment is deemed cosmetic and is not routinely available on the NHS.
Professor Shokrollahi offers private laser rhinophyma treatment which removes excess tissue and the nose is restored to a natural shape and texture.
During your consultation, Professor Shokrollahi will examine your nose and discuss your condition with you. They will take a history of how your rhinophyma has changed over time, and discuss your expectations after treatment.
If you are concerned about appearance or symptoms caused by rhinophyma persistent you should speak to your GP. You can ask to see one of our Consultant Burns, Laser Plastic Surgeon, Professor Shokrollahi privately without any long delays.
What treatments are available for Rhinophyma?
Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons specialises in diagnosing and treating symptoms caused by rhinophyma and offer a range of non-surgical and surgical treatments, including:
- Laser resurfacing
- Surgical removal
Which consultants treat Rhinophyma?
Consultants who treat Rhinophyma:
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You will be offered an appointment at the earliest convenient date for you.
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