What is an Alar Base Reduction?
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Alar base reduction in rhinoplasty
What is an alar base reduction?
Alar Base Resections
Alar base resection is when you reduce the size of the nostril or the flaring alar. This can be done based upon the pre-operative analysis of the patient and, in general, is performed to correct nasal nostril disharmony, especially on one who has excess nasal base widening and flaring.
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Alar base reductions decrease nostril width
Alar base reductions are also known as Weir’s excisions for alarplasty. This is a simple 3- to 4-mm excision of skin at the base and sill of the nose to reduce the alar flare and bring in the nostril width. Sutures that are used are dissolvable and fall out in about a week.
Alar Base Reduction (Nostril Reduction Surgery)
Nostril reduction surgery (called Alarplasty / Alar Base Reduction) is a procedure that can narrow the width of the nostril base, decrease the amount of nostril flaring, or decrease the size of the nostrils.
To accomplish this, the surgeon makes an incision in the crease where the nostril wall meets the cheek. A wedge shaped piece of nostril wall is removed, and when the incision is sewn close, the nostril narrowing is acheived.
It is possible to perform this procedure alone or as part of a rhinoplasty. It can be performed alone, but keep in mind that in order for the nose to appear natural, it must adhere to certain proportions and also be in balance with the other facial features.
An alar base reduction Rhinoplasty is a procedure to narrow the nostrils
An alar base reduction, also called a Weir Resection is done to narrow the nostrils of the nose.
People who have broad nasal tips with wide nostrils often want the nostrils narrowed.
Nostril reduction with the alar base resection is technically challenging and requires experience and technical expertise. The natural shape of the nostrils must be maintained and the scars hidden.
Alar base reduction
An alar base reduction can take care of many things. It can treat large nostrils, flare and width. There are many variations to the procedure as it is customized to each specific patient's needs.
Narrowing the nostrils.
This means taking out a wedge of skin from the bottom of the nostrils for patients who have a wide nose. The scar is hidden in the crease of the nose.
How is Alar Base Reduction used In Rhinoplasty
Alar base reduction is a technique that is used to narrow the nostril with and enhance the shape. It is generally used with ethnic rhinoplasty. There are stitches that are placed at the junction of the nose and cheek. The incisions are well-hidden and are concealed nicely once healed.
Alar base reduction refers to narrowing the nostril base
This is commonly done in ethnic rhinoplasty, such as African American rhinoplasty or Asian rhinoplasty, to bring the nostril base into better proportion with the rest of the face. Occasionally we do it for other patients as well, if they have really large nostrils, or we need to make the tip smaller and closer to the face which in term can make the nostrils appear wider. It is a simple procedure, but it has to be meticulously done to avoid visible scars.
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