How to fix uneven nostrils?
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Thank you for your question.
There are different kinds of rhinoplasty operations however we can divide them as the one that requires bone excision and the one that does not need bone excision. The main fact that we classify the rhinoplasty operations like that is that the results and postoperative period is associated closely with this fact. In the operations like “nasal tip correction”, “simple rhinoplasty” there is no need for a bone excision however these minor operations cannot be beneficial for everyone. The operation type is need to be determined by the surgeon according to needs of the patient. In these minor operations the rhinoplasty is performed with closed method. The bone and the cartilage tissues are not involved in the surgery directly. Small nasal bumps can be removed in these operations.
In the operation that needs the bone and cartilage tissues to be involved; open approach is used. In the procedures with open approach, the size, shape and functionality of the nose can be improved. The big nasal bumps can be removed and septal deviations can be corrected providing a better nasal airway.
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Thank you for your question. It is hard to tell what the best procedure for you would be without photographs. I would recommend you scheduling a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. That way they can perform a physical and nasal examination and give you the best recommendations to obtain your desired results. A technique that is commonly used for nostril reduction/asymmetry is called an alarplasty. This procedure consists of making an incision on the inside or outside of the nostrils then removing a specific amount of tissue. I hope this helps.
Best of luck in your endeavors!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Correcting uneven nostrils is one of the most difficult things to do in rhinoplasty. However, it can be done in certain cases. The question is how are the nostrils uneven? There are many types of nostril asymmetries, some of which are noticeable and correctable whereas others aren't. Without any photos, no judgment is possible whether or not improved nostril symmetry can be achieved through a rhinoplasty operation and if it is worth it. Please notice the word "improved." Perfect symmetry is typically neither possible nor necessary in most cases.
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