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CAN I GET RHINOPLASTY IF I HAVE ROSACEA ON MY NOSE?

If you have rosacea on your nose (rhinophyma), your facial plastic surgeon will need to carefully examine you to determine if you are a candidate for rhinoplasty. Any trauma to areas that are so highly vascularized (contain so many blood vessels) could potentially leave you in worse shape than you started. This does not necessarily mean that you are not a candidate, but rather that it depends on your own unique circumstances.

Rhinoplasty is an invasive surgery that is associated with some swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes – even in candidates who don’t have rosacea. Those suffering from rosacea may experience additional aftereffects. If you have rosacea your facial plastic surgeon might recommend that you take a course of antibiotics prior to surgery to be safe. Speak with your surgeon for more details.

Following rhinoplasty, some patients experience areas of redness and capillaries around the nostrils. Vascular lasers such as Vbeam as well as a technology called intense pulsed light (IPL) may be able to reduce this effect.

If you are interested in undergoing treatment for rhinophyma itself, you have options. A rotating brush may be used to reshape the nose in a technique called dermabrasion. Lasers and scalpels are also sometimes used to the same effect. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon for more information.