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How To Treat & Remove A Bulbous Nose

What Is A Bulbous Nose (Rhinophyma)?

A bulbous nose is a term used to describe a nose that has a pronounced bulb, or ball, at the end of it. The tip of the nose is enlarged and rounded in appearance. Individuals who have a bulbous nose may be self-conscious about the effect it has on the appearance of their nose, and on the overall symmetry of their face.

Rhinophyma can occur as part of phymatous rosacea. In this case, the formation of a bulbous nose is due to severe, untreated rosacea.

What Causes Rhinophyma?

A bulbous nose can be caused by a number of factors, including ill-defined, large lower lateral cartilage, a rounded “dome” shape to the nose itself, and heavy soft-tissue coverage or weak cartilage. Individuals with rosacea are also likely to develop a bulbous nose, as heavy tissue growth on the nose is a symptom of that condition. Men are more likely to develop rhinophyma than women, as are those with fair skin and a family history of rosacea.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Rhinophyma?

Usually, individuals with rhinophyma do not experience any adverse health effects as a result of the condition. However, a 2015 study in the peer-reviewed journal ePlasty showed that 3-10% of individuals with rhinophyma have occult basal cell carcinoma, a type of cancer.

Common Rhinophyma Symptoms

Rhinophyma symptoms include a bulbous growth on the tip of the nose. Symptoms can also include red or purplish discolouration of the skin on the nose, enlarged pores, scarring or pitting, and thickened skin. Individuals with rosacea may also see visible blood vessels and bumps that look like pimples. The skin may become oily or dry and appear waxy and rough if left untreated.

How To Get Rid Of A Bulbous Nose Without Surgery

Solution 1: Medication Or Creams

Some doctors may treat a bulbous nose with the same antibiotics used to treat rosacea and recommend topical medications or creams, such as azelaic acid, to help minimize redness.

Solution 2: Lifestyle Changes

Some lifestyle changes may help to alleviate the redness and inflammation some individuals with a bulbous nose experience. These include eating fewer spicy foods, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and staying out of the sun. Smoking cessation may also be recommended.

Bulbous Nose Before And After Images

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How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Bulbous Nose?

A bulbous nose may be removed using the “five-minute nose job,” which involves the injection of fillers. This procedure begins at $1,499. Rhinoplasty may also be used to remove a bulbous nose, which starts at $8,999.

Bulbous Nose Solutions At SpaMedica

At SpaMedica, patients can choose from two solutions to address their bulbous nose. The first, a non-surgical nose job, is also known as the “five-minute nose job”. During this procedure, Dr. Bell will inject the nose with fillers in an effort to reduce the look of the “ball” at the tip of the patient’s nose. The second procedure, a rhinoplasty or nose job, is a surgical solution to a bulbous nose. If a patient selects a rhinoplasty, their surgeon will perform a reconstructive procedure to eliminate the ball at the tip of the nose, and create a better sense of facial symmetry. In both cases, patients will consult with Dr. Bell, to determine their ideal, individual outcome.


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