I Have Long Nostrills , Can They Be Made Shorter?

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Shortening long nostrils

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The alarplasty procedure is merely done to narrow wide nostrils.  It is not a procedure done to shorten long nostrils.  To shorten long nostrils, the nose must be deprojected with derotation, which will cause flaring of the nostrils.  The flared nostrils can be reduced through Weir’s alarplasty procedure.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How to improve long nostrils

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Long nostrils are usually due to having a long nasal tip. Surgery can be done to improve this, of course, but the exact technique(s) used vary depending on your specific anatomy.

Visit with a surgeon board certified to do rhinoplasty to find out what your options are. In the meantime you can check out the link below to see a recent blog post of mine that outlines the treatment of an overly long and narrow nose and nostrils.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nostril Shortening Part Of Certain Types Of Rhinoplasty

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Nostril shape can be modified as either part of a rhinoplasty or as a free standing procedure. These nostril modifications, however, are about narrowing the width of the nostril through skin excision at its base where it attached to the upepr lip. I suspect when you are referring to making the nostril shorter, you are referring to its length or height and not its width. Nostril height can only be made shorter if the tip of the nose cartilages is shortened to make the tip have less projection. Unlike nostril narrowing which can be done by itself, nostril height reduction must be part of at least a tip rhinoplasty done in the overprojecting or long nasal tip.  

Can Long Nostrils be Shortened?

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Long nostrils can be shortened, but how this is done will vary tremendously depending on the presenting tip anatomy. Pictures and/or an examination of your nose are necessary to make specific recommendations. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Long nostrils

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Almost any part of the nose can be adjusted with rhinoplasty but the ultimate goal needs to be balance.  Without seeing pictures it is hard to advise you but your best bet is to use a board certified plastic surgeon who has enough experience that he or she can show you a broad portfolio of his/her own pre- and post-op pictures.

Smaller nostrils

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Long or large nostrils in some cases can be reduced a bit, it really depends upon your anatomy and the exam.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Long Nostrils can be Modified

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Long nostrils can be modified depending on the overall size and shape of your nose. Many times changing the shape of the nostril will make them look shorter without actually removing any skin. It is best to seek out an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns. Good luck. 

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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Shortening long nostrils

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The shape of the tip of the nose can be modified with a variety of surgical technique. What is done would depend on your anatomy and how much the breathing would be affected by the prccedure. See a board-certified Plastic surgeon to learn what would be a reasonable goal for you. 

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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