The extent of nasal thickening and growth greatly variy in rhinophyma and the cost of treatment will depend on which modalities will be most effective to return the nose to a more natural, esthetically pleasing appearance.
Rhinophyma treatment is safe, but, as with any procedure, there is a possibility of infection, scarring, less than optimal correction, need to retreat. There may be anesthetic risks depending on the type of anesthesia used.
Rhinophyma cannot be treated with oral medications once the nasal growth has started, but, it can be treated with surgery. In certain cases it may, however, progress requiring further treatment.
Lubrication is needed over the area where new skin begins to grow. After the new skin forms, camouflage make-up can be worn to conceal the redness of the healing area. Any pain or discomfort can easily be controlled with oral medications.
Recovery after rhinophyma treatment varies with the procedure performed. It can take several weeks to re-epethialise (new skin growth) the treated area but regular social and work activity can be resumed earlier with the help of cover-up make-up.
The anesthesia used can be topical or IV sedation depending on the extent of the procedure.
Rhinophyma is treated by surgical methods to pare down the excess thickened growth on the nose. This can be accomplished dermabrasion, laser treatment, electrocautery to remove excess tissue, shape the nose and smooth surface. Frequently, multiple procedures are used. IPL (intense pulse light) technology is used to decrease redness.
It is important to stop smoking before the procedure to enable optimal healing. Anti-inflammatory medication, aspirin, certain herbal supplements and vitamin E should not be used as they promote bleeding.
Rhinophyma is a large, rudy-colored thickened nose with prominent pores. Dilation of superficial blood vessels, fibrous thickening of the nose, oil gland (sebaceous glands) prominence and redness of the nose all increase gradually. It is associated with rosacea and it is more common in men.