I wanted to get professional opinions on whether I should be asking for an Alar Base Reduction or if something else is needed. I like the shape of my tip, my concern is the nostril flare, especially when smiling. I don't want a "perfect, small nose", just one similar to the first picture, which is of my nose contoured with make up.The other pictures are without contouring. I want to preserve the racial ethnicity of my nose with less bulbous nostrils..thank you for any feedback!
Ethnic Rhinoplasty: Alar Base Reduction? (photo)
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Your nose, what can be done? Some advices:
The harmony between facial parts makes us instinctively recognize the beauty... without knowing it, without defining it, just a perception that surprises and captivates us.
In this regard, After having analyzed all the info. and photos provided to us, i recommend you perform an Open Full Rhinoplasty, includding narrowing of the nasal base and nostrils, with nasal bones treatment (controled fracture) and alar + triangular nasal cartilages re-shaping.
With this procedure you get a delicate nose, better harmonize with your other facial features.
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol.-
There are several different ways to perform an alar reduction. In your case, I would suggest the intra-sill horizontal reduction. This will decrease the flare when you smile. See link below for more information about nostril reduction.
Alar base surgery
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Alar base reduction
With an alar base reduction, the size of the nostrils is reduced. When performed correctly by a specialist, the procedure can yield a fantastic result. A good surgeon is able to make improvements while preserving the patient's ethnicity. I would recommend a consult with a board certified rhinoplasty specialist, as he/she will be able to examine you in person and provide you with recommendations. Computer imaging software may be used to give you an idea of how the final result of surgery may appear.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty and Alar Base Reduction
Alar base reduction
In general, an alar base reduction is performed to reduce the width of the nostrils. An alar base reduction can be performed without changing the appearance of the nasal tip. It is also possible to reduce the width of the nostrils and maintain a natural look. The goals with ethnic rhinoplasty are as follow:
1) Maintain the distinguishing characteristics of the patients ethnicity
2) Achieve a look that is aesthetically pleasing but also natural
From here, I would recommend a consult with a board certified rhinoplasty surgeon who has experience performing ethnic rhinoplasty. They will be able to assess your nose in person and provide you with recommendations. I hope this helps and good luck.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty: Alar Base Reduction?
The alar base reduction is probably the correct maneuver for you given your description of your goals and the photos provided. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties 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
Alar base reduction
An alar base reduction can certainly help with flare and width of the base. It may make a nice change for you.
Nasal Alar Base Reduction
Alar base surgery to reduce the flare and width of your nostrils will make a dramatic improvement. With the pictures submitted I cannot tell if any other changes should be considered. An experienced surgeon will examine you and evaluate your entire nose so you can establish reasonable goals and expectations.
Alar plasty for wide alar base
An alar-plasty is performed for a wide nasal base and alar flaring, so that the nostril size is reduced in width. The alar-plasty procedure can be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The incisions are located at junction on the floor of the nose with the nostrils.
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