Introduction: Rhinophyma, also called nasal elephantiasis or acne hyperplasic, has been described since Hipócrates. It is associated, in most times, to the continuous ingestion of alcohol (alcoholism). histologicaly is characterized by hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the greasy glands, fibrovascular proliferation of the dermis and acantosis of the epithelium.
Method: This article presents cases of rinophy treated with equipment of high-frequency (also denominated of radio-frequency, due to their characteristics of high degree of cut precision, as well as the simultaneous coagulation and possibility of oncologic isolation of the treated area, because of cellular vaporization, in the site of action of the electrode). His action mechanism is similar to that verified in the CO2 laser. Results: Eight patients presenting Rhinophyma were operated, with ages that varied from 55 to 63 years, of which 3 were female and 5 were male, among the years from 1990 to 2007. The results were quite natural, with quite short recovery period. Conclusion: Our experience has more than 10 years with this equipment type only took us the to use this method, due to his largest easiness and excellence of the results.
Descriptors: Rhinophyma. Nose deformities, acquired/surgery. Nose/surgery. Electrosurgery/ methods