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International Journal of Head and Neck Surgery


Rhinophyma is a condition that can cause significant disfigurement as well as functional impairment of the nose. It results from hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the sebaceous glands and can be a manifestation of advanced staged rosacea. If left untreated, not only can it cause disfigurement, rhinophyma can also result in nasal airway obstruction by marked ptosis and collapse of the external nasal valve. Surgical excision is the definitive treatment as rhinophyma does not spontaneously regress. Though various surgical techniques are available for the treatment of rhinophyma, a specific technique using tumescent anesthesia, sharp dissection, and argon beam coagulation has been found to be most efficacious. This technique and its advantages are described.

Keywords: Epinephrine, Rhinophyma, Surgical excision.

How to cite this article: Lian TS, Thompson RW. Management of Rhinophyma. Int J Head Neck Surg 2016;7(3):188-191.

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Conflict of interest: None

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