How Do I Know if I Had Alar Base Reduction?
After surgery I had stitches on the creases of my nostrils (where the nostril meets the cheek). Almost a year post-op I am feeling pain in this area on both sides as well as irritation. I asked my surgeon if he did an alar base reduction or (anything in this area) and he denied it. He claimed that stiches always have to be put in the creases after an open rhinoplasty when the surgeon "cuts into the nose."
If this is irreversible, I will be very disppointed. I did not request this at all. Why would the sides be in so much pain this far along if nothing serious was performed? How do I find out if this was done? It wasn't in the operative report.