This treatment is no longer performed at VCI. This page is for informational purposes only.

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.

What is the recovery period?

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.

What results can I expect?

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