The short answer is “sort of.”
What is Rhinophyma?
Rhinophyma is a condition affecting the nose and sometimes surrounding tissue of the cheeks or upper lip. Though the cause is unknown, remedies have been developed to combat the thickened skin, formation of pustules, and red, uneven appearance it causes. Treatment plans include oral and topical medications, surgery, and preventative measures so the issue is not recurring.
Rhinophyma and Self Esteem
Though rhinophyma was at one time attributed to excess alcohol intake, we now know this not to be true. Nevertheless, those affected by the condition feel embarrassed and judged by the ruddy appearance their noses take on. It is comparable to the way acne sufferers feel about their pock mark scars as drug abusers may display the same indented facial markings. Appearances should never contribute to discomfort, and those suffering from this skin condition of the nose are encouraged to seek cosmetic treatment.
Rhinoplasty for Rhinophyma
In advanced cases, patients with rhinophyma may require reshaping of the nose, removal of excess tissue, and a tailored approach to minimize blood vessels. This can be performed during cosmetic nose surgery, or superficial rhinoplasty, where the underlying structure of the nose is not altered. Only the soft tissues of the nose are refined to treat rhinophyma. Surgery provides a long-term solution to this nasal skin condition, but must also be coupled with preventative measures which include avoidance of:
- Aggravating foods and beverages
- Extreme temperatures
- UVA and UVB rays
- Elevated blood pressure
- Certain medications
Surgical and Non-Surgical Procedures Used to Treat Rhinophyma
Surgery, typically performed with a scalpel, is performed to remove the overgrowth of tissue on the nose. The doctor may have to reconstruct areas of the nose to restore the look of normalcy. Electro surgery is a variation of surgery where electrical currents penetrate and remove excess tissue.
Laser and dermabrasion procedures can be performed in conjunction with surgical procedures or alone. They work to refine the skin and minimize the inflamed tissues of the nose. Scar tissue can form during the growth process of rhinophyma, which can be treated by both laser and dermabrasion sessions.
Dr. Shervin Naderi is a rhinoplasty specialist in the Washington, D.C. area. With two offices, one in Herndon, Virginia (703-481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, Maryland (301-222-2020), the doctor is both accessible and all-inclusive, performing all types of rhinoplasty. If you seek functional, cosmetic, or both forms of rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Naderi today.