Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 232–233 | Cite as

Rhinophyma: “Less is More” and “Old is Gold”

  • Marco MarcascianoEmail author
  • Nicola Vaia
  • Diego Ribuffo
  • Mauro Tarallo
  • Sergio Ciaschi
Letter to the Editor


Rhinophyma is a deforming disorder of the nose and considered the most severe stage of rosacea. Since 1950, a large variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments have been adopted to treat it. From January 2014 to June 2016, we treated ten patients (average age: 58 years) affected by moderate (4) and severe (6) degrees of rhinophyma. A nasal skin decortication was performed with a loop-shaped electrotome (Valleylab E1560 15 x 12 mm) in order to excise the hypertrophic tissue and restore a pleasing appearance to the nose.

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Aesthetic Result Rosacea Severe Stage Carbon Dioxide Laser Pilosebaceous Unit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Marcasciano
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicola Vaia
    • 1
  • Diego Ribuffo
    • 1
  • Mauro Tarallo
    • 1
  • Sergio Ciaschi
    • 1
  1. 1.Plastic Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery “P Valdoni”Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly

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