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The Use of the PlasmaBlade and Acellular Dermal Matrix in Rhinophyma Surgery: A Case Report.

J Cutan Med Surg. 2015 Oct 22;

Authors: Özkan A, Topkara A, Özcan RH, Şentürk S

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Rhinophyma is a rare, disfiguring disease characterized by a slow progressive overgrowth of the soft tissue of the nose associated with end-stage severe acne rosacea.
OBJECTIVE: We present a case of severe rhinophyma treated successfully using PlasmaBlade and acellular dermal matrix with split-thickness skin graft.
METHODS: This procedure combines deep excision with PlasmaBlade followed by coverage with an acellular dermal matrix for dermal substitution and split-thickness skin graft.
RESULTS: Functional and aesthetic results were satisfactory.
CONCLUSION: We offer a new approach to surgical treatment of rhinophyma. Total excision of phymatous tissue and single session replacement of epidermal-dermal components is an effective treatment for patients with severe rhinophyma, resulting in satisfactory functional and aesthetic outcome. This combined treatment modality prevents the recurrence of rhinophyma. It should be considered an appropriate alternative in cases of severe rhinophyma.

PMID: 26492919 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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