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Rhinophyma is a term used to describe an enlarged/bulbous nose, where the skin is thickened and the sebaceous glands (oil glands) are enlarged. Often the blood vessels are also very prominent giving the nose a red appearance.

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The exact cause of rhinophyma is not fully understood but it is known to be a subtype of Rosacea and affects men more that women. Some people without Rosacea however can also develop Rhinophyma.

It is not caused by excess alcohol consumption, despite common belief.

What treatment options are available?

Rhinophyma can be very distressing and cause social embarrassment.
Surgical treatments can significantly improve its appearance. Unfortunately, oral or topical medication are not effective at managing this condition.

The surgical treatment aims at removing excess skin to restore a more natural appearance of the nose.

The most common surgical methods are a special razor blade to remove excess tissue and CO2 laser or often a combination of both. Healing time is around 2 weeks.

If you would like to discuss the management of your Rhinophyma, please make an appointment to see one of our Consultant Dermatologists.