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Sculpting resection of rhinophyma using the Shaw scalpel.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2009 Jul-Aug;11(4):263-6

Authors: Vural E, Royer MC, Kokoska MS

BACKGROUND: Rhinophyma is a disfiguring disorder of the nasal skin characterized by hypervascularity, sebaceous gland hyperplasia, occluded sebaceous ducts, and dermal fibrosis. It has no known effective medical treatment; however, a myriad of surgical treatments have been reported. We report an effective, efficient, and safe approach to treat this disorder using the Shaw scalpel to surgically sculpt the nose. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of using the Shaw scalpel to treat rhinophyma. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 7 male patients (age range, 58-81 years) who underwent primary surgical treatment of rhinophyma with the Shaw scalpel. RESULTS: A good to excellent outcome was noted in all 7 patients. No perioperative complications occurred. Essentially no blood loss was noted during or after the procedures. CONCLUSION: Use of the Shaw scalpel as the sole surgical instrument and method is a safe, efficient, and effective means to treat rhinophyma.

PMID: 19620533 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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