Is alar base reduction a good choice? (photo)
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Is alar base reduction a good choice?
Keep in mind that following advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do based on limited two dimensional photos without examining you, physically feeling your tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history and discussing the pros and cons of the operative procedure would not be in your best interest. Natural appearing results need to be individualized and what is appropriate for one patient is not necessarily the best for someone else. I would suggest that you find a surgeon certified by the American Board of American Plastic Surgery and one who is ideally a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or facial plastic surgeon (otolaryngologist) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, M.D., FACS
La Jolla, California
Nasal Alar Base Reduction
Alar base reduction for nostril width
Alar base reduction would be a good option for you to reduce both your nostril width and flare (rounding of the nostrils). Keep in mind that everything in the nose is related proportionately so, if you narrow your nostrils more, it can make your tip itself seem to appear wider than it does now. I think you would find it helpful to have a consultation with a rhinoplasty surgeon who can show you with computer imaging what type of result you could expect from nostril reduction alone vs. combining with subtle tip refinement if that is something of interest to you.
All the best,
Jason Litner, MD
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In addition, in an Asian nose (which I'm assuming based on your nose and facial characteristics visible in the photo), often times increasing tip projection can also be helpful in achieving a more defined nasal shape.
Michael M. Kim, MD
Alar base reduction is a legitimate option in this instance.
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