CO2 laser vaporization for treatment of rhinophyma

Mayo Clin Proc. 1987 Aug;62(8):676-80. doi: 10.1016/s0025-6196(12)65218-5.


Rhinophyma is the end stage of acne rosacea, which results in a large nose due to a proliferation of sebaceous glands and fibrous tissue. In some patients, this disorder is a cosmetic problem. Use of the CO2 laser in the defocused mode to vaporize skin in a bloodless fashion is an effective treatment of rhinophyma, as demonstrated in three patients described in this report.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anesthesia, Local
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Lidocaine / administration & dosage
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rhinophyma / surgery*
  • Rosacea / surgery*


  • Lidocaine