If you want the ala projection reduced, this can be achieved. If you want to move the alar wings higher on the face, there is not a slick, meaningful way to achieve this without creating a scar in that area. About the most you could expect is 2 mm. Find a creative plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties a year. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Can You Vertically Shorten Nasal Wings/alar? Can They Be Raised?
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Rhinoplasty alar tipplasty
Good question. On a side view the optimal appearance is a 4mm distance between the edge of the nostril and the outer edge of the columella and each edge 2mm from the mid-axis of the opening. In most cases where the gap is smaller the columella is retruded. That is fortunate because it is much easier to move the columella forward than it is to move the nostril rim upwards.
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