Rhinophyma presents as a bulbous swelling of the nose, particularly of the nasal tip, and is a result in part of overabundant oil glands. Although the exact cause of this condition is unknown, it has been associated with a skin disorder known as acne rosacea in which the skin becomes scaly and red. In the past, rhinophyma was mistakenly attributed to excessive alcohol intake, branding the individual who suffered from this condition with an unnecessary negative social stigma. Rhinophyma is most commonly seen in men and was perhaps most famously sported by the late actor, W. C. Fields.
The tissue overgrowth can be dramatic and leave the patient severely disfigured. In the past, treatment options were primarily limited to dermabrasion or simple knife excision. Now with the advent of C02 laser technology, cosmetic results have significantly improved. Dr. Buckingham employs combined resurfacing techniques to achieve maximal benefit for the patient. The procedure is done as an outpatient, requires about one hour to perform, and has a 10 to 14 day recovery period.
To determine if a patient is a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Buckingham recommends a private patient consultation.
Dr. Buckingham feels that successful facial plastic surgery results from the development and maintenance of good rapport between the patient, the surgeon, and his staff during the consultation and future appointments. The consultation will include a complete facial analysis to determine the best procedure to bring about the desired results and all questions relating to the patients specific concerns will be addressed.
Prospective patients are encouraged to call the office to schedule an appointment at their earliest convenience.
Find answers to Rhinophyma questions in Dr. Buckingham’s Q&A.
Frequently Asked Rhinophyma Questions
Q – What is rhinophyma?
Rhinophyma is a condition in which the nose, particularly the nasal tip, swells and becomes bulbous in appearance. While the cause of rhinophyma is not entirely clear, it has been associated with rosacea and overabundant oil glands. Contrary to popular belief, rhinophyma is not attributed to excessive alcohol intake. For some individuals, the overgrowth of tissue can be severe and even disfiguring.
Q – How is rhinophyma treated?
Dr. Buckingham uses combined resurfacing techniques to treat rhinophyma.
Q – Who is the best candidate for rhinophyma treatment?
Candidates for rhinophyma treatment are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance of a swollen, bulbous nose. A private patient consultation with Dr. Buckingham is the best way to determine if treatment is right for you and which approach is most appropriate.
Q – What can I expect during a consultation for rhinophyma treatment?
During your consultation for rhinophyma treatment, Dr. Buckingham will meet with you and perform a complete facial analysis. This will allow him to determine the best treatment approach to meet your particular needs. He will also answer any questions that you may have about the rhinophyma treatment or cosmetic surgery in general.