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Laser surgery in rhinophyma.

G Ital Dermatol Venereol. 2014 Sep 18;

Authors: Bassi A, Campolmi P, Dindelli M, Bruscino N, Conti R, Cannarozzo G, Pimpinelli N

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Rhinophyma is a benign, disfiguring disorder, commonly reffered to as the end stage of severe rosacea and characterized by a progressive thickening and hypertrophy of the nasal skin and soft tissues..
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of CO2 laser compared to other laser techniques and surgical methods in the treatment of rhinophyma.
METHODS: 24 rhinophyma patients were treated with CO2 laser in our institution from 2003 to 2013. A 10,600--nm CO2 pulsed laser was used in all patients, with a 6--month, post--treatment follow up.
RESULTS: Six months after the last laser session, all patients showed global improvement of their clinical conditions: 19 (79.1%) high improvement (>75%), 4 (16.7%) moderate improvement (50--75%), and 1 (4.2%) low improvement (<25%)..
CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that carbon dioxide laser warrants a careful nasal surface ablation, allowing the remodeling of the hypertrophic areas, with an excellent cosmetic result, a very short healing time, and virtually no side effects.

PMID: 25236318 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25236318?dopt=Abstract = URL to article

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