Can a nostril flare be narrowed? Does that consist of cartilage or skin?
Can a Nostril Flare/alar Be Narrowed? Is That Part Considered Cartliage or Skin?
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Nasal flare surgery
Tthe distance between the outer edges of the nostrils should be equivalent to the distance between the inner and outer corners of the eyes for optimal proportions. In most people that is 32mm. The surgical approach to this is the removal of a wedge of skin at the outer bottom corner of each nostril. The width of the wedge is calculated to get the final 32 mm length. The outer coner of the wedge lies along the crease between the nose and cheek and should end just before the natural shadow edge when light is directed downward on the face. If you extend the scar past this point it can be very noticeable. In some cases the rim has to thinned only or in combination with the skin wedge resection. This is done by removing some fat from the rim via the incision.
This can be done as part of a rhinoplasty or alone under local anesthesia.
Correcting Nasal Flare
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