A DAD who felt like “the elephant man” is now unrecognisable after facial surgery.
Alan Findlay, had been hiding away since he developed rhinophyma, a extreme pores and skin situation affecting the nostril, however is now set to get pleasure from Christmas correctly for the primary time in years.
The 56-year-old, from Dumbarton, Scotland, has all the time had the pores and skin situation rosacea, a typical situation which causes flushing and visual blood vessels on the face.
However on uncommon events it may become the extra extreme rhinophyma by which the pores and skin thickens across the nostril.
In Alan’s case the situation was excessive and, though it was disfiguring, NHS pores and skin specialists had been unwilling to do something about it.
He was informed there could be a prolonged ready checklist for remedy as a result of it was usually solely achieved when it began to have an effect on respiratory and docs weren’t assured they’d give you the option to do a lot in the best way of enchancment.
However now thanks to laser remedy at a specialist clinic in Glasgow, he has been “reintroduced to the human race once more”.
Alan mentioned: “It’s an incredible transformation.
“Once you examine the earlier than and after, it’s completely life altering for me.”
Alan Findlay’s confidence has improved massively since remedy to his rhinophyma
Alan, who works for a lighting firm, mentioned: “I began to discover a distinction in my nostril spherical about 2018.
“Creases began to seem on the best hand facet. Over the course of a yr they received larger.
“I knew I appeared horrible as a result of folks had been mentioning it. My social life turned poor, I wasn’t actually going out. I simply didn’t really feel assured.
“In my head I felt I used to be a bit just like the elephant man. I roughly minimize myself off.”
Alan mentioned the best way he appeared had an actual impression on his psychological well being.
He defined “I’m not going to lie, it did have an effect on me nevertheless it was nonetheless a wrestle for my spouse Rowan to get me to go to the clinic.”
“At Christmas final yr I used to be notably low.
“We usually go to my step-son’s on Christmas Day. I felt so self aware I didn’t need to go. I simply stayed dwelling on my own.
“After the vacations there was a household conspiracy to get one thing achieved.”
Rowan searched the web for solutions and finally discovered the Ever clinic which specialises in treating rhinophyma with lasers.
Dr Cormac Convery, who carried out the procedures, mentioned Alan was “virtually definitely the worst instance now we have seen”.
His situation was so unhealthy the laser remedy had to be achieved in two classes slightly than only one and the physician was uncertain how good the outcome could be.
The primary process was carried out in March, lasting round 5 hours, and the second two months later took an additional two and a half hours.
Alan admitted: “When the process was over on the primary day I appeared within the mirror and I appeared as if I had been in search of chips.
“My nostril appeared crimson uncooked however, as horrendous as that sounds, I felt higher instantly. I felt extra assured straight away.”
Now having regained his enthusiasm for all times thanks to the surgery, Alan was filled with reward for the kindness, understanding and talent of the clinic.
He mentioned: “I do know it sounds trite, however they’ve given me my life again.
“Christmas shall be totally different this yr, I’ve a lot extra confidence. I shall be going out socialising.
“I’m truly drained from going out, I’ve been making up for misplaced time.”