What is the definition of Rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma is a large, red-colored (ruddy) nose. The nose has a bulb shape.

What are the alternative names for Rhinophyma?

Bulbous nose; Nose - bulbous; Phymatous rosacea

What are the causes for Rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma was once thought to be caused by heavy alcohol use. This is not correct. Rhinophyma occurs equally in people who do not use alcohol and in those who drink heavily. The problem is much more common in men than in women.

The cause of rhinophyma is unknown. It may be a severe form of a skin disease called rosacea. It is an uncommon disorder.

What are the symptoms for Rhinophyma?

Symptoms include changes in the nose, such as:

  • Bulb-like (bulbous) shape
  • Many oil glands
  • Reddish color (possible)
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Waxy, yellow surface

What are the current treatments for Rhinophyma?

The most common treatment is surgery to reshape the nose. Surgery may be done with a laser, scalpel, or rotating brush (dermabrasion). Certain acne medicines may also be helpful in treating the condition.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma can be corrected with surgery. The condition may return.

What are the possible complications for Rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma can cause emotional distress. This is because of the way it looks.

When should I contact a medical professional for Rhinophyma?

Call your provider if you have symptoms of rhinophyma and would like to talk about treatment.



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Qazaz S, Berth-Jones. Rhinophyma. In: Lebwohl MG, Heymann WR, Berth-Jones J, Coulson I, eds. Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 219.

  • Journal: Zhonghua er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of otorhinolaryngology head and neck surgery
  • Published —
Application of three-staged paramedian forehead flap in reconstruction and repair of full-thickness nasal defect
  • Condition: Wound Care in Rhinophyma
  • Journal: Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery
  • Treatment Used: Porcine Extracellular Matrix
  • Number of Patients: 28
  • Published —
This study tested the safety and efficacy of using a porcine extracellular matrix to improve wound care in patients surgically treated for their rhinophyma.

There are no recent clinical trials available for this condition. Please check back because new trials are being conducted frequently.