I am a 22 years old black woman and I want to know if surgery can make my nostrils smaller (and keeping their original shape) without touching the rest of my nose. Thanks!
African American Smaller Nostrils?
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Surgery for nostril size only
You should see a board certified plastic surgeon that performs rhinoplasty to see what are your options and the possible results.
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Yes you could but I would proceed with caution. We often get focused on one area that bothers us and think that it is all that needs to be addressed. We forget that everything in the nose is interconnected and that sometimes when you change one thing it upsets the balance and something that didn't bother you before now becomes an issue. What I have found in many of my African American patients is that if they narrow the nostrils only it sometimes makes the tip appear larger then before and so it has to be addressed to maintain balance. African American noses are inherently wider very often and you may want your nose to be smaller but to still preserve an ethnic African American look so you may need to address all the parts. Try consulting with a surgeon who uses computer imaging to get a sense of what it might look like with different maneuvers so you can judge better beforehand.
Nostril reduction can be done leaving a natural look
The key to getting natural looking nostril reduction is finding a surgeon who has experience with the various techniques available so that he/ she can determine what works for you.
Most surgeons continue to do Weir reductions only which work to reduce the flare of the nostril ( how much the nostril rounds out) but most do not do anything to reduce sill width (the distance from your columella to your nostril).
Getting naturally, narrowed nostrils that maintain your overall shape is most often something that requres a bit of both.
Peyman Solieman, MD
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African American Smaller Nostrils?
There are several ways to make the nostrils smaller but if you do not reshape the rest of the nose, you will end up with a more bulbous tip. The overall result will not be ideal. The nasal components have to be proportional and correcting one component will affect others. See before and after results below.
All nasal beauty depends on optimal proportion. If your nostrils are reduced, your tip may look wider (fatter). That is what you must consider. Try pinching in your nostrils from the side and you will see what I mean. Often in African American noses, the nostril width must be left alone, or only reduced minimally, in order not to upset a nice balance, like the one you have now.
So the answer is yes, but be cautious.
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