rhinophyma: Erbium YAG + CO2 laser

Written by on September 8, 2005 in laser therapy, Rhinophyma with 3 Comments

The Gold Standard for Decortication of Rhinophyma: Combined Erbium-YAG/CO2 Laser, From Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Volume 28, Number 6, December 2004, Pages: 456 – 460.

Abstract:Rhinophyma is a benign condition of the nose that often is severely disfiguring and occasionally causes functional problems. A considerable proportion of the patients, with rhinophyma are elderly with chronic medical problems. Electrocautery, heated scalpel, carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, argon laser, Weck blade, dermabrasion, cryotherapy, radiotherapy, full-thickness excision, skin graft, flap reconstruction, and cold scalpel have been used either alone or in combination. All these techniques have disadvantages that are resolved by using the combined erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG)/CO2 laser. The authors present their technique and the results from decortication of rhinophyma using a combined erbium:YAG/CO2 laser. The technique requires only local anesthesia with a vasoconstrictor. The combination of an efficient vaporization tool consisting of the erbium:YAG laser and the CO2 coagulation laser provides a nearly bloodless field for accurate sculpting of the nose and produces cosmetically pleasing results.

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3 Reader Comments

  1. Mike jnr says:

    Hi, two years ago I noticed two small lumps on the end of my nose didn’t thing much about them but know I’m very paranoid about them. Do you know were I can get lazier treatment in the UK.

    Many thanks Mike

  2. Lou says:

    Dr maini Zenith clinic in Nottingham. I am having laser surgery there in July for rhinophyma. I really struggled to find someone most places just didn’t get back to me. NHs derm was not very helpful, accurate did not work. Dr maini has given me hope. In conjunction with the laser I’m having revelled (spray on skin) which means quicker healing and less chance of scarring. If you google Recell you will find lots of info but it is a relatively new procedure

  3. Lou says:

    ThaT should have said Recell spray on skin

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