Could alarplasty be the solution?

I have a wide upturned nose with large nostrils. I was wondering would narrowing the nostrils help with the appearance of an upturned nose?

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Could alarplasty be the solution?

A decrease in alar base width and the size of the nostrils can be accomplished with alarplasty. The tip may need alteration as well if the nose is upturned.

Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Alar Base Reduction in Rhinoplasty

An alar base resection is part of a rhinoplasty, but it has to be based upon the pre-op nasal and facial analysis. It is a very intricate process and should be done at the hands of an expert in rhinoplasty surgery.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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An alar plasty for wide nostrils

An alar plasty will simply reduce the width of the base of nostrils by removing a small wedge of skin from the nostril base and has no relationship to improving the appearance of an upturned nose

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alarplasty procedure

The alarplasty or narrowing the alar base procedure can narrow wide nostrils and also correct alar flaring. However, by itself it typically does not help an upturned nose as other procedures are usually required there to address the tip complex to either lengthen the nose or derotate the tip. Good luck in your area.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alarplasty toI Improve "Wide, Upturned Nose with Large Nostrils"

An alarplasty can decrease the width of a wide nasal base with large nostrils. However, other procedures may be necessary to lengthen an upturned nose. I need to see pictures which I have described on my website to make a more complete analysis of your nose.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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