Shueh-Wei Lim, MB BS. Shueh-Wen Lim, BMedSci. Phillip Bekhor, FACD.
Rhinophyma: Carbon dioxide laser with computerized scanner is still an outstanding treatment
Version of Record online: 4 NOV 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Australasian College of Dermatologists
Australasian Journal of Dermatology
Volume 50, Issue 4, pages 289–293, November 2009
How to Cite
Lim, S.-W., Lim, S.-W. and Bekhor, P. (2009), Rhinophyma: Carbon dioxide laser with computerized scanner is still an outstanding treatment. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 50: 289–293. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2009.00561.x
- Issue online: 4 NOV 2009
- Version of Record online: 4 NOV 2009
- Submitted 24 August 2008; accepted 11 May 2008.
- carbon dioxide laser;
- continuous wave;
- nasal hypertrophy;
The cosmetic deformity produced by rhinophyma is characterized by nodular hypertrophy of the nasal skin. A retrospective review and analysis of nine consecutive patients with moderate and major rhinophyma treated with scanned carbon dioxide laser was performed. A particular method of continuous scanner use is described. This report demonstrates excellent cosmetic results and no major postoperative complications or recurrence of the condition after 1 year of follow up for seven patients. Two more patients had been followed up for 1 month at the time this paper was written. Scanned carbon dioxide laser is safe and highly effective treatment for rhinophyma.