Thinner Upper Lip from Alar Cinch Suture?

My understanding is that an alar cinch suture Rhinoplasty has nothing to do with cutting, that it just pulls skin together. But when you pinch your alar even a little bit, your upper lip gets thinner by a mm; the more you pinch the alars together, the thinner your upper lip becomes because it pushes it downward. Is it then safe to assume that an alar cinch suture will have the same affect?

Doctor Answers 2

An alar cinch procedure can have a mild effect on lengthening the lips

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An alar cinch can effect the way the lips look. It does this by increasing the volum of the middle of the nose, and upper lip. To avoid affecting your lips you may consider different type of procedures around the alae to change the way they look. There are different procedures that involve some minimal incisional techniques that can be done on the sides of the alae to improve their appearance that are lower risk and fast in recovery. You should definitely go to someone with a lot of experience in doing these types of procedures and you want to have some be very conservative in this.

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Not necessarily.

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 When the pinching suture is done the surgeon may redirect the forces to lengthen the projection of the nose instead of bunching of the lip.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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