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Not all nose disfigurement occurs inside the nose. Sometimes the nose changes shape due to the skin covering the nose, which is the case with severe rhinophyma. When the skin glands become overactive, the skin can become thicker and nodular in appearance. With rhinophyma, the skin on the tip and base of the nose thickens and can change the shape of the nose and even impact breathing.

What Causes Rhinophyma?

The ruddy, bulbous appearance of rhinophyma was once referred to as a “drinker’s nose” and was thought to be related to drinking too much alcohol. However, this was incorrect, and rhinophyma is now known to be unrelated to alcohol consumption. Although the exact cause is not known, it is related to rosacea and appears most commonly in men.

Treating Rhinophyma

Rhinophyma is progressive, and the nose can continue to change in color, shape and form. For treatment, there are some topical options that may be effective in the early stages to slow progression. When the condition has begun to change the shape of the nose or the skin has become so heavy that the nasal passages begin to close, removing or thinning the skin is necessary to improve the appearance and function of the nose.

Laser therapy and dermabrasion treatments can be used to remove layers of skin to reshape the nose. This can be performed as a surgical procedure on an outpatient basis, with local anesthesia or sedation. Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, in NYC can determine the best option to reshape the nose and improve its appearance, depending on the specific needs and desires of the patient. If you suffer from rhinophyma and want to explore your options for treatment, contact our NYC or Upper East Side office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg.

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Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 11 reviews

Tonio Jennifer

Knowledgeable Doctor, great staff...somehow Dr Rosenberg makes you feel that no matter the odds he will come thru for you and with me he did so many times

Karmita Avila

I haven't the opportunity to meet the doctor yet, I have an appointment. I was referred by an ENT doctor in NJ, Dr. Douglas Leventhal, nice, young, excellent bed manners. Unfortunately he does not reconstruction nasal perforation, but he was very interested in helping me, and he referred me to a colleague in NY, and asked me wait a call from them, otherwise to call him back if they didn't contact me. Thanks GOD, they are very efficient and received, today two calls , I finally got to talk to Evelyn, very kind, and patient, gave me the appointment, I hope that my present health problem due to bad medical practice years ago, Dr. Rossenberg, can reconstruct my septum. I thank you from deep of my heart.

Nada Alkhawam

I want to thank DR. Rosenberg for his time and he’s amazing staff,he did a wonderful job operating on my face moving the cyst last Tuesday , I couldn’t believe my self the way he operates berly any brosis, he’s amazing surgeon , and he’s staff especially Ann& daina they are on top everything sweetheart they answered all my questions, with friendly since humor, I’m so lucky to have him As surgeon

Theresa Norris

Excellent surgeon supported by caring medical team members. Highly recommend.

Jan Wong

Dr. Rosenberg and his staff are thoughtful, caring and made me feel at ease during my procedure and at my follow up visits. Highly competent and friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

Sue Bee

An excellent Doctor who is kind and compassionate. He genuinely cares about his patients and their well-being.

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Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
234 East 85th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10028

(212) 241-9410

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
2052 Richmond Road
Staten Island NY 10306

(718) 420-1279

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM