Pointy/Flared Nostrils Treatment? (photo)

Hi there, I really like my nose, but one thing that bothers me is that I seem to have very pointy, flared nostrils which I feel ruins my whole nose. I think the "after" picture of rihanna uploaded is what I somewhat desire for my nose. How can i solve this? And for solutions made what are the pros and cons? Thanks

Doctor Answers 8

Flared nostrils can be corrected with alarplasty procedure

Alarplasty, also known as alar base reduction, is a good technique to correct wide and flaring nose wings.  This is a common finding in African Americans and Asian noses.  The procedure can be done with local anesthesia alone or with intravenous sedation.

Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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Alar base reduction

It looks like she may have had an alar base reduction during her rhinoplasty. That is a reasonable request.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty, some advices:

Thank you very much for the questions.
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 Cotes.-

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Pointy/Flared Nostrils Treatment


Nostril surgery is notoriously unforgiving so make sure you choose a surgeon with alot of experience with African American rhinoplasty.  You may benefit from an intra-sill nostril reduction.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 274 reviews

Treatment of Flared Nostrils with Alar Base Reduction or Modification

Thank you for your question and the photo. It looks like Rihanna has had a rhinoplasty with tip reduction, rotation, and alar base reduction. This last part of her procedure can be done separately, and is used to reduce the size of the nostrils, the flaring of the nostrils, and improve the shape and symmetry of the nasal tip. Please see a rhinoplasty expert to discuss your options.

Evan Ransom, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 113 reviews

Treatment for pointy/flared nostrils

According to the pictures presented, narrowing of the nostrils with alarplasty would probably be all that is necessary for this nose.  A small 4 mm incision is made at the floor of the nostril, removal of skin and narrowing of the nostrils is accomplished under a local anesthesia.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alar base modification for reducing flared nostrils

The flare of your nostrils can be improved with alar base modification.  Incisions are designed to hide in the groove between your nostrils and your cheeks, and a wedge of tissue is removed to reduce the flare of your nostril.  Fine sutures are used to close the incision.   

Possible cons?  Visible scarring and unnatural appearance from overly aggressive resection.  When carefully designed and meticulously performed these incisions are well-healed and result in a natural, but less flared curvature.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Pointy/Flared Nostrils Treatment? (photo)

Your posted photos are slightly out of focus and to see the "pointed" alar flare hard to see. Best to obtain in person evaluations from boarded surgeons in your city. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

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