A father is happy to finally feel like a normal person again after having surgery on his deformed nose.
The 52-year-old man, named only as Tibor, used to have a normal sized nose but it kept on growing until it covered half of his face.
He let it get to that stage because he was afraid of having surgery, he said, but finally took the decision to go for it.
People kept looking at him like he was a ‘clown’ and he was sick of it, the father-of-three said.
Eventually, he was persuaded to have an operation by his family in northern Slovakia’s region of Liptov.
Doctors made Tibor a new nose ‘as if from play dough’ and he now looks like a normal person.
Tibor, a locksmith, explained what it was like living with rhinophyma, which caused him to have a giant nose.
He said: ‘When I walk down the street, people look at me like they see a clown.’
Tibor explained that he got fed up of having a ‘big nose that covers half of his face’.
He went for surgery at a hospital in central northern Slovakia’s city of Martin.
Describing the operation, plastic surgeon Igor Homola said: ‘We will reduce the mass. We will form a new nose as from play dough.’
The operation went without any problems and shortly after Tibor’s nose looked much better.
Rhinophyma is a condition causing development of a large, bulbous, ruddy nose associated with granulomatous infiltration, commonly due to untreated rosacea.
Dr Homola added: ‘It is not only an aesthetic problem, the inflammation can lead to sight loss.’