With front-and-center real estate on our faces, the nose is often one of our main focal points. It helps define the symmetry of the rest of our face and often can be the first thing we notice when we look in the mirror. This is why it can be frustrating for people who live with rhinophyma.
Rhinophyma is a skin disorder that causes the nose to enlarge and become red, bumpy, and bulbous. It’s caused by excessive enlargement of sebaceous glands on the nose. Experts believe it comes from untreated, severe rosacea, which is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes facial redness. While rhinophyma is not-life-threatening nor painful, it can be a bothersome condition that can affect one’s self esteem.
The good news is that there are several out-patient, non-surgical dermatological treatments that can target the causes of rhinophyma and help to correct your complexion to bring back the skin you feel most comfortable in.
PreciseFX is a continuous wave CO2 laser used to debulk skin. It ablates the tissue without leaving any collateral damage. Since the ablative laser is more of a tissue removal, it allows for better contour of the nose. The procedure is performed with topical anesthetic ointment as well as injection of lidocaine for extra comfort and takes about fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Follow-up care after a PreciseFX is similar to dermabrasion (see above). Since no sutures are used, you may return to your normal routine immediately.
DeepFX is a fractionated ablative Co2 laser. As opposed to PreciseFX which ablates epidermis and superficial dermis in continuous fashion this laser emits laser energy deeper into the skin in order to shrink sebaceous glands. It can be combined with PreciseFX in order to achieve a multi layer treatment. Overall, resurfacing lasers are most appropriate for patients looking to dramatically improve skin texture and can tolerate some amount of downtime. These lasers need to be used with caution in patients with a darker skin complexion.
Dr. Hooman Khorasani is triple-board certified in Dermatology, Cosmetic Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery and used his expertise to lead the Division of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery at Mount Sinai for 10+ years. His passion for providing patients with cutting-edge treatments to facilitate their cosmetic goals has led to his involvement in multiple research projects investigating novel applications and advanced clinical techniques for laser-based skin resurfacing. Dr. Khorasani’s internationally recognized proficiency in cosmetic medicine has led many health professionals to seek his mentorship and learn from his best practices so that they too can provide their patients with optimal aesthetic outcomes.
Armed with this advanced clinical and academic competency, Dr. Khorasani carefully crafts a therapy plan for each patient that adheres to the highest standards of medical care and is optimized to produce the greatest results possible. Personalization is infused into every aspect of our practice, from the treatment itself to our highly-skilled office personnel that are available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns. Together as a team, we can help your skin look its very best!
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