When Pamela Ichard from Louisiana was 15 years old, uncontrollable change started affecting her facial features. She was diagnosed with rosacea, a chronic, inflammatory condition that affects the facial skin and blood vessels. After fighting with it for decades, Ichard turned to American television show The Doctors for help.
“Puberty set in, acne set in — it got to be really bad. The bumps became purple, and red, sometimes tissue would come out of it,” she explained the symptoms of rosacea during the show.
To add insult to injury, roughly at the time when the Louisianian was pregnant with her second child, she noticed her nose started to swell and change its shape
“From that point on, my nose continued to swell up,” she said on The Doctors
Ichard was suffering from an advanced form of rosacea called rhinophyma, the cause of which remains unknown, that often develops among people suffering from rosacea between the ages of 25 and 50. “The doctor would prescribe me different types of medicine, but nothing worked,” she explained.
Understandably, the condition has had an enormous effect on Pamela’s quality of life.
“It has stopped me from leaving the house. I had anxiety for a long time. There’s gotta be a cure for this, there’s just gotta be. I just wanted to look normal,” she desperately explained on the show.
On a 2016 episode of The Doctors, 30 years after she was first diagnosed, Pamela was offered free surgery by Dr. Ann Zedlitz to correct her nose.
Pamela accepted both laser and other surgical procedures to change her facial features. She came out of surgery barely recognizable.
When asked how she feels now, she said she was “excited about the new me,” and how liberating it was no longer having to hide behind her hair