Thickened, bumpy skin on the nose is one of the symptoms of rhinophyma. This condition is related to rosacea, focused on the glands in the skin on the nose. Severe forms of rhinophyma can alter the shape of the nose and drastically change the appearance of the face. If you have rhinophyma, treatment is available through Back Bay Plastic Surgery at our Boston, MA, clinic.
Cause and Symptoms of Rhinophyma
There is no known cause of rhinophyma, but there are risk factors. Individuals with fair skin are more prone to rosacea and rhinophyma, but this nose skin condition is more prevalent in men than women. Men ages 50 to 70 are the most likely to experience rhinophyma. Anyone who has a family history of rosacea is at higher risk of this condition. Symptoms of rhinophyma usually begin shortly after the first stages of rosacea and can include:
- Red, bumpy skin on the nose
- Larger pores
- Enlarged oil glands
- Waxy appearance to the skin
- Bulbous nose shape
- Thicken nasal skin
- Larger nasal blood vessels
Rhinophyma can worsen when it is not treated in the earlier stages. It can change the shape of the nose and may require surgery to remove the thickened skin if treatment is not successful. Treatments can include medications to control outbreaks and rhinophyma symptoms.
When rhinophyma is severe, it can distort the shape of the nose. Surgery may be recommended when treatment is not successful. There are different techniques that can be used to remove thick skin and reshape the nose. These include dermabrasion and laser treatments, as well as surgical excision. When performed by a highly skilled plastic surgeon such as Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio, rhinophyma surgery can create a more natural nose appearance and help control the symptoms of this condition.
If you have symptoms of rhinophyma, it is important to seek treatment to minimize the impact on the shape of the nose. Back Bay Plastic Surgery offers rhinophyma treatment, as well as plastic surgery to reshape the nose. To learn more about your options, contact our Boston, MA, plastic surgery center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio.