Will alar wedge excision adversely lengthen my upper lip (area between nose and mouth)?

I am contemplating minor revision rhinoplasty but want to avoid further lengthening of my long upper lip. Will alar wedge excisions affect this area?

Doctor Answers 5

Lip Length & Alar Excision

Alar wedge excision is designed to reduce the flare of the nostrils by shortening the ala or nostril proper. It does not typically include the base of the nostril which can affect the upper lip movement. Discuss this concern specifically with your revision rhinoplasty surgeon. Best wishes.

Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Will alar wedge excision adversely lengthen my upper lip (area between nose and mouth)?

Wedge resection does not have to change that relationship. I sometimes combine this with other techniques to shorten the distance.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Alar base modification

Alar base modification (alar wedge excisions) will have no effect on the length of the upper lip. Computer imaging may be helpful in your case to demonstrate the effect alar base modification will have on your appearance.

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ala Wedge

An ala wedge should have no affect on the length of your upper lip so I would not worry about it

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Dr. Kimberly Henry

Hello, thank you for your question! No; you should think about having a lip lift to shorten the area between your nose and upper lip. You can see photographs of this procedure at drkimberlyhenry for ideas. Best of luck and please feel free to call my office or email me with any of your concerns!

Kimberly A. Henry, MD
Greenbrae Plastic Surgeon
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