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Methods and Results of Rhinophyma Treatment

Redett, Richard J. M.D.; Manson, Paul N. M.D.; Goldberg, Nelson M.D.; Girotto, John M.D.; Spence, Robert J. M.D.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: April 15, 2001 - Volume 107 - Issue 5 - p 1115–1123
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Rhinophyma is a disfiguring soft-tissue hypertrophy of the nose. It is an uncommon disease that primarily affects Caucasian men in the fifth to seventh decades of life. Nine cases from the authors’ series and a comparison of results following various treatment modalities are presented. Eight of the patients were Caucasian and one was African American. Excision of the diseased tissue with a scalpel or Goulian dermatome using loupe magnification provided the safest means of preserving the underlying sebaceous gland fundi that permit spontaneous re-epithelialization with the least scarring. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 107: 1115, 2001.)

Baltimore, Md.

From the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Schools of Medicine. Received for publication May 24, 1999; revised April 10, 2000.

Robert J. Spence, M.D. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center 4940 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, Md.

©2001American Society of Plastic Surgeons