Rhinopehyma is a skin condition that results in a large, red, bumpy nose. The exact cause of the disorder isn’t known, but it often occurs as part of severe cases of rosacea. Rhinopehyma, it is thought, develops gradually over years, usually manifests with a large, unsightly mass on the lower half of your nose. In the past, some experts thought there was a link between alcohol abuse and rhinopehyma, but that link has been mostly disproven.
Both gender and age play a factor in who is at increased risk of getting rhinopehyma. Since rhinopehyma happens after the onset of rosacea, which usually afflicts people between the ages of 25 and 50, rhinopehyma is common in older people. Men, especially between the ages of 50 and 70, are more likely to get rhinopehyma.
Other factors that put people at risk include:
• Fair skin
• Certain racial backgrounds (Irish, English, Scottish, Eastern European)
• Genetic factors (family history of rosacea)
In severe cases of rhinopehyma the following may occur, affecting your skin, including:
• Growth of your nose into an enlarged, round shape
• Thickening of the outer skin
• Appearance of more oil glands
• Waxy, yellow skin
• Larger skin pores
• Redder skin tone
Most medical professionals can diagnose rhinopehyma with physical exams and an overview of your medical history and without tests. In some cases, Dr. Sauceda may opt for a skin biopsy to confirm the diagnosis, particularly in cases where your skin doesn’t respond to any initial attempts to treat the disorder.
Generally, Dr. Sauceda opts for non-surgical contouring to treat this benign skin condition, which can yield improvement not only cosmetically, but also can improve your overall quality of life. Dr. Sauceda performs a treatment procedure called Surgical planning of the nose and dermabrasion, which involves removing the rhinopehymas tissue growth.
The healing process typically takes 2-3 weeks and the skin treated is pink and sensitive during this time following the procedure. For Dr.Sauceda, reducing the oversized nose condition that rhinopehyma causes is one of the most satisfying procedures she performs as a dermatologist.
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