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Surgical correction of rhinophyma: comparison of two methods in a 15-year-long experience.

J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2013 Jul;41(5):429-36

Authors: Lazzeri D, Larcher L, Huemer GM, Riml S, Grassetti L, Pantaloni M, Li Q, Zhang YX, Spinelli G, Agostini T

PURPOSE: Rhinophyma is characterized by slowly progressive tumour-like enlargement of the nasal skin that will not resolve spontaneously. Though its treatment consists of surgical removal of the hyperplastic alterations, in the literature there is not general agreement about the best method. We presented our experience with two different treatment modalities such as decortication by scalpel and CO2 laser treatment.
METHODS: The authors reviewed the long-term results of 67 patients affected by rhinophyma treated with two different methods between 1996 and 2011. Outcomes were determined by case notes, clinical review and patient satisfaction questionnaire.
RESULTS: Forty-five cases were treated with tangential excision and 22 with a CO2 laser. Minor complications, including scarring and hypopigmentation, were seen in 6 patients. All patients were satisfied with their outcomes at the follow-up visit, and no major complications were detected during follow-up.
CONCLUSION: Both tangential excision and carbon dioxide laser are well-established, reliable procedures for rhinophymaplasty that preserve the underlying sebaceous gland fundi allowing spontaneous re-epithelialization without scarring with similar outcomes and high patient satisfaction. The original nose shape and nearly normal skin surface texture are preserved by quickly removal of the hypertrophic tissue sparing the pilosebaceous tissue. The CO2 laser is more capital intensive and results in higher fees compared with the simpler cold blade tangential excision. In our experience the ease of use, accuracy and precision of the lasers offer is not justified by the increased costs.

PMID: 23232283 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23232283?dopt=Abstract = URL to article

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