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Alarplasty - Bangkok, Thailand

My nose has been an issue for me for a while. I...

My nose has been an issue for me for a while. I guess I'm just conscious of it, no one has ever given me reason to hate it, I just saw a few pictures of myself laughing and thought "WOW that's not ok"... I always thought it was too long and my nostrils were too big (I can probably fit 2 fingers in each nostril if I really wanted to).

At the consultation, my doctor talked me out of having a tip reduction because he said it was a nice nose and many Thai people come in requesting for their noses to be longer, like mine!!! Isn't that funny! So we compromised and just had the alarplasty - nostril reduction.

The nostrils were done at the same time as my eye bags. He cut a bit off the outside of my nostrils, the bits that were connected to my face, and brought them in a little. I felt nothing! The doctor was marking my nostrils, next thing I know, I'm in some weird trippy video game, almost like a funny dream. Then I woke up and he was cutting my aha bags out.

Right now, my fave is swollen and I look like a chipmunk but in 1 week I get my stitches out & I hope to be able to see the final result.

2 weeks post op

The main thing i notice with the recovery of my nose is that i don't have 100% of feeling back in my nostrils yet. I can flare them up and move them around, but when i touch them it feels a little like pins & needles: just slightly numb with a bit of a tickling sensation. Also when i laugh too hard or smile too much (a constant issue for me) it hurts, but this is something i need to control (maybe stop hanging out with funny people).

I still have stitches inside my nostrils but they're not visible & the dissolvable kind so they'll just pop out whenever they're ready i guess. One side of my nose has a scar, the other doesn't, it's great! But i'm applying cream to the scar, see what happens. Overall, the change in my face is minimal but enough so i'm not self conscious anymore.
Dr Suthat

This doctor is amazing. He won't do a surgery if he thinks its not necessary and he really gives you his honest opinion. My nose appears to be even, not at all lop sided or crooked. I love this guy!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
3 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hi Sonja_belle, Thanks for sharing...how is your healing progress? Are the scars still visible and uncomfortable? What about the eye bags surgery? Are you happy with that and are they healing well? I am interested in the exact same procedures you have gone through. And I am hoping to go to Thailand too. Will you highly recommend your doctor. To clarify, you did both eye and nose for $480? If so, it's really affordable. BTW which hospital? Many thanks!!!
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Hey soze. $480 was just the nose, the eyes were just under $600. I STILL have a stitch in one nostril but it'll come out when it's good and ready. The other stitch came out about 2 weeks after surgery! The nostril with the stitch still in it has a way more visible scar but it'll definitely flatten out, it just looks like a cut, it isn't bad. I have a good scar gel that i'm using. The other nostril scar isn't even visible at all. Eyes are doing great. TBH no one even knows i had those 2 surgeries done until i point then out! I would HIGHLY recommend Dr Suthat, i did a lot of research on him, only because i wanted the best at Yanhee. There ARE better nose doctors but they're more expensive, i'm familiar with Yanhee, i really just wanted to go back there.
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Thanks Sonja-belle for your quick response. Glad you are healing well without anyone noticing any surgery work. At least, now I am relieved to read about another reliable Thai doctor, because like you said, the other well-known ones are SO expensive. I shall look him up...thinking of cheek implants as well. Sorry for so many questions previously.
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Thank you for sharing your experience so far on RealSelf! Please let us know how you're feeling once your stitches come out.

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