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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2021 May;103(5):e165-e168. doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2020.7081.


Rhinophyma affects predominantly the Caucasian population and is rare in those with Fitzpatrick skin type IV-VI. Diagnosis is based on clinical evaluation. Prominent features include abnormal coloration and texture of skin, impaired vascularity, irregular nodular exophytic growth and telangiectasia. Management can be surgical or dermatological. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment but achieving an acceptable aesthetic result can be challenging, particularly in those with pigmented skin. Postsurgical hyper- and hypopigmentation make for unpredictable outcomes requiring appropriate preoperative counselling. We present a case that exemplifies this issue and discuss our recommended approach to counselling, consenting and managing such dilemmas in these patients, and a proposal for further investigation into the role of autologous melanocyte transplantation in reducing the effect particularly of hypopigmentation on aesthetic outcomes in this group.

PMID:33930281 | DOI:10.1308/rcsann.2020.7081

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