Monday, March 28, 2011

Rhinophyma: Day Fourteen

3/22 Last Dr. Appointment today, doing fine. Keep Moist, NO SUN.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Parking Problems

Something about Menards parking lot brings out the worst in parking. Took these pics on a recent trip out there.

And no I didn't walk around the lot, this was from my truck to the door.

If yours is pictured, sorry.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rhinophyma: Day Five

Swelling around my eyes has gone.
Have to keep it covered and lubed up with Aquaphor.
Have had no pain since day after procedure but itching of new skin growing back does drive one nuts.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rhinophyma: Day One

Ouch !

Procedure went quite smooth. Little pain before starting while numbing fluid being shot in but didn't feel much after that. Yag laser is a little noisy,sounded little like a large rubber band being snapped at a rate of once a second.

Only problem was afterwards had a little problem with bleeding. Seems like it took forever for the bleeding to stop. First picture is of me night after the laser procedure. My right eye is swelled up a little and the packing is on it's way to being full.

Second picture is about 20 hrs afterwards and had to change bandage because it was weeping pretty bad overnight. Took this as the wife was changing the packing and nose is covered in Vaseline. Both eyes have pretty much swelled up now. Not much pain at all and weeping has went way down.


Definition of Rhinophyma

A manifestation of severe acne rosacea resulting in significant enlargement of the nose and occurring primarily in men. It is caused by hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands and surrounding connective tissue. The nose is reddened and marked with numerous telangiectasias.

Numerous web sites will tell you that this is the final stages of Rosacea. I had no previous symptoms of rosacea. Had a small bump show up on my nose about 7 yrs ago. Ignored it and it turned into this wart shaped looking thing. After trying several ointments and oral medications with no luck, I was referred to a Surgeon in STL for yag laser removal of it.

This is a picture day before it was getting zapped off.


This was not posted to gross anyone out, I am posting it because there is very limited information out on the web about this. Just trying to share my experiences with this and maybe give the next person some better information.