Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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What is rhinophyma?

A bulbous, enlarged or red nose may be a sign of rhinophyma. It is a condition that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but readily treated.

While it was once thought that rhinophyma was caused by excessive drinking, it is in fact a form of rosacea.

The condition, which is more common in middle-aged men than in women, alters the size and shape of the nose and thickens the skin. The knobby appearance is due to the growth of the oil-producing sebaceous glands under the skin surface.

How is rhinophyma treated?

In a confidential consultation, we will assess your rhinophyma and come up with a safe and effective rhinophyma treatment. We may use an erbium laser or a CO2 laser or, in severe cases, combine lasers with radiofrequency surgery.


  • Work by vapourising excess sebaceous glands to return the nose to its normal shape and size.
  • We use local anaesthetic to numb the nose making the procedure comfortable.
  • The laser is used to carefully reshape and thin the nose, without affecting the surrounding tissues.

Radiofrequency surgery:

  • Works by using high frequency wavelengths, which generate minimal heat to protect surrounding tissues.
  • Is a superior and safer solution to scalpels, causing less scarring and greater results.
  • We use the Ellman Radiolase to perform radiofrequency surgery.

Am I a suitable candidate?

If you have an enlarged, swollen and ruddy nose which makes you self-conscious or uncomfortable, you may benefit from rhinophyma treatment.

We recommend the open method of post-treatment care. This involves applying Vaseline to the skin and washing your face several times a day.

You’ll need to come back to the clinic every day for 4 to 5 days to check the results and monitor your progress.

You may need to take time off work and refrain from social activities for a short time. Your specialist will advise you on this during your consultation.

As with all cosmetic procedures, results tend to vary. However, once the affected area has healed, you can expect a smaller and less conspicuous nose and a significant reduction in rhinophyma.

For a confidential consultation about whether this rhinophyma treatment is right for you, please call us on 1300 863 824