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Rhinophyma Treatment

Voorhees & Sewell, NJ.

Dr. Joanna Kam, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) and facial plastic surgeon. She provides rhinophyma treatment in Voorhees, NJ, at Kam Facial Plastic surgery. Dr. Kam creates a personalized treatment plan to help return the skin to its normal appearance using the latest treatment options, including a combination of CO2 laser resurfacing, electrocautery, and surgical removal of the overgrowth to reshape the nose.

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Rhinophyma treatment at Kam Facial Plastic surgery can improve patient self-confidence.
Rhinophyma treatment at Kam Facial Plastic surgery can improve patient self-confidence.

Benefits of Rhinophyma Treatment

Advanced rhinophyma treatment options address the disfiguring overgrowth caused by overactive oil-producing glands. Rhinophyma treatment at Kam Facial Plastic surgery can improve patient self-confidence by:

  • Removing bumps and smoothing skin
  • Removing tissue overgrowth
  • Reducing thick skin
  • Restoring normal nose contour
  • Reshaping a disfigured nose
  • Minimizing enlarged blood vessels and redness
  • Improving breathing ability

Rhinophyma can cause a bulbous nose with puffy, bumpy, thickened skin. This is a disorder that gradually worsens without treatment. Rhinophyma will not resolve itself. The extra skin caused by the skin disorder does not respond to oral or topical treatments. A plastic surgeon can address the progressive and potentially disfiguring skin condition.  

What is Rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma a progressive, chronic inflammatory skin condition, considered by many to be a severe form of rosacea. It results from overactive sebaceous, oil-producing glands. Rhinophyma symptoms include broken blood vessels, oily skin, enlarged, inflamed, bumpy skin, and a large bulbous nose. Rhinophyma is more likely to develop in men than in women. Rhinophyma is not associated with alcoholism, though this was once thought to be true. 

In some cases, the growth becomes disfiguring, and a large bulbous nasal tip may result in nasal obstruction, requiring surgery. Dr. Joanna Kam, MD,  performs advanced laser treatments or surgery to address rhinophyma in Voorhees, NJ, at Kam Facial Plastic surgery.

Dr. Joanna Kam, MD,  performs advanced laser treatments or surgery to address rhinophyma.
Dr. Joanna Kam, MD,  performs advanced laser treatments or surgery to address rhinophyma.

Rhinophyma Treatment Consultation in Voorhees, NJ

Dr. Joanna Kam specializes in treatments that significantly improve rhinophyma and nasal enlargement. She offers compassionate care and effective treatments that help restore the patient’s natural appearance. During the consultation, Dr. Kam examines the nasal airway and may take a small skin biopsy if the diagnosis of rhinophyma is unclear.

Kam Facial Plastic surgery offers outstanding treatment options, including scalpel removal, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and surgery. During the consultation, Dr. Kam explains the procedure and techniques, as well as possible risks. Her ultimate goal is to provide her patients with the aesthetic results they desire.

Dr. Kam provides patients with rhinophyma treatment preparation instructions.
Dr. Kam provides patients with rhinophyma treatment preparation instructions.

Rhinophyma Treatment Preparation

Dr. Kam provides patients with rhinophyma treatment preparation instructions. These instructions are applicable for surgical procedures, CO2 laser resurfacing, scalpel, or razor blade removal.

  • Take oral medication if prescribed.
  • Review all medications with Dr. Kam prior to surgery, and follow her instructions on how to adjust these near the time of surgery.
  • Stop or pause vitamins, medications, and supplements that increase the risk of bleeding, including aspirin, ibuprofen, garlic and ginkgo.
  • On the procedure day, do not use hairstyling products, makeup or lotions.
  • Dress comfortably on the day of surgery and wear a button-up or zip-up shirt.
  • Arrange for a family member or loved one to drive you to and from the procedure.

Patient Reviews

I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Kam!!! I will start by saying Doctor Joanna Kam has changed my life!!! Starting with the first appointment I went in with an idea of what my dream nose would look like and she was able to take what I was thinking, pull up photos and actually describe what that would/could look like. I expressed that I did not want…

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Joanna Kam and the entire staff are so friendly and caring. I immediately feel welcome and attended to as soon as I walk in the door! Joanna was very attentive to every detail and allowed me the space to discuss exactly what I wanted while also advising me with her professional opinion. Professional through and through!

I had a rhinoplasty in Oct. 2021…

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I had a rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and turbinate reduction done by Dr. Kam. My experience was absolutely perfect.

When choosing a surgeon, I wanted a doctor who only operated on faces and had a background in otolaryngology, had great attention to detail, was approachable, and who avoided using uncomfortable packing or splints deep in my nose Dr. Kam…

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Rhinophyma Treatment

Dr. Kam explains the details of the procedure during the consultation. She may use local anesthetic, with or without twilight sedation or general anesthesia depending on the extent of the rhinophyma and the surgery. 

The type of treatment will depend on the gravity of the rhinophyma. Dr, Kam customizes the procedure to match the patient’s needs, and she may combine more than one technique to maximize the best results. Rhinophyma procedures typically takes about one hour, and the patient leaves the facility with the bandage covering the area.

Rhinophyma Treatment Options:

  • Dermabrasion
  • CO2 laser
  • Electrocautery
  • Scalpel or razor blade removal
  • Combination of laser and scalpel excision

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Full results are seen within a few months and are generally long-lasting.
Full results are seen within a few months and are generally long-lasting.

Rhinophyma Treatment  Recovery

Dr. Kam provides patients with specific postoperative instructions. Rhinophyma recovery involves moderate discomfort, and patients should prepare for a 10-day recovery period. During the first 7 to 10 days, patients experience swelling and crusting. During the first 48 hours, a sensation similar to severe sunburn is experienced. 

Keep the treated area moistened with Vaseline, Aquaphor, or a prescription ointment, if it is provided, and covered with a dressing. After ten days, the area will feel itchy and tight but is healing already. Do not use lotions, moisturizers, or creams without discussing this with the surgeon. Itching and redness will gradually fade during the first weeks.

Rhinophyma Treatment  Cost

The extent of nasal thickening varies greatly in rhinophyma patients and the cost of rhinophyma treatment depends on the extent of the symptoms and the type of treatment. Medical insurance may cover a portion of the cost. During the consultation, Dr. Kam creates a customized rhinophyma treatment plan and discusses the cost of the procedure. Kam Facial Plastic Surgery accepts Care Credit.

Common Questions About Rhinophyma Treatment  

What causes rhinophyma or increases the risk?

Rhinophyma often develops from severe cases of rosacea. Most patients are between 50 and 70, and fair-skinned individuals are more likely to develop rhinophyma. Men are more likely than women to experience rhinophyma. 
 
Rhinophyma gradually changes the nasal appearance and creates a swollen, bulbous-shaped nose with visible oil glands, enlarged pores, and reddish skin color. Early intervention is essential. Individuals who recognize thickening skin, or a waxy, rough surface, should request a consultation with Dr. Kam. 

Who is an ideal candidate for rhinophyma treatment?

Most individuals experiencing rhinophyma are good candidates for treatment. Ideal candidates have early or advanced rhinophyma, are in good health, and are non-smokers with realistic expectations.

What are the side effects associated with rhinophyma treatment?

Dr. Kam will explain the risks and benefits of treatment during the consultation. Risks may include discomfort, infection, and scarring. Redness is common but typically dissipates within months and may be concealed with makeup after the initial healing phase. Patients must use broad-spectrum sunscreen after the initial healing period to reduce the risk of skin darkening or lightening.

How much time will I need to take off of work after rhinophyma treatment?

Patients are encouraged to schedule ten days off work for recovery after rhinophyma treatment. Most patients resume their typical schedule in the second week after surgery. Some patients feel comfortable returning to work sooner when working from home. Rhinophyma treatment is based on the severity of the disease, and the extent of treatment may increase or reduce the need for time off work. Don’t hesitate to contact the office with any questions or concerns during the recovery.

Does health insurance cover rhinophyma treatment?

Medical health insurance may cover the treatment of rhinophyma. Insurance coverage may depend on how a patient’s breathing is affected by rhinophyma, or whether the concern is cosmetic.

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