I recently saw a plastic surgeon because I wanted to reduce the width of my nostrils. He explained that it was a quick surgery involving 1 incision on each side of the nostrils, removing some of the width. When I reviewed my pre-op bill it says "Alar Reduction". Doesn't that involve the nose base?
What Changes to Expect with Alar Reduction?
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Alar reduction is simply a small incision approximately 4 to 5 mm at the base of the sill of the nostrils where they connect to the upper lip. The incision is primarily located at the floor of the nose where it joins the alar base. A small section of tissue usually 2 to 4 mm wide can be removed. This usually takes approximately 30 minutes to perform and can be done under a local or general anesthesia.
Alar reductions are done to narrow the width of the nostrils and alar base or to reduce the flare of the alae (the lateral walls of the nostrils). Either or both can be achieved depending on incision placement.
Yes, an alar reduction is removing a portion of the nostril with a cut on either side of the nose. You get immediate improvement in the width of the nose.
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What is alar reduction.
It means moving the nostrils closer together or removing a wedge out of the nostril along the side. I do not do the latter since I see many "bad scars" since the skin in that area is very oily and doesn't heal as nicely as incisions in the base.
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