Alar Base Reduction Vs Rhinoplasty: Which Has the Fastest Healing Time?

is it faster to recover than other types of rhinoplasty? final result?

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Rhinoplasty with or without Alar Base Reduction

Rhinoplasty means reshaping the nose.  There are several techniques and manuevers that board certified plastic surgeons use to reshape the nose including alar base reduction.  That procedure is used to narrow the width of the base of the nose at the nostrils.  It requires an external scar that may be somewhat noticeable in darker skin types.  Alar base reduction is not commonly performed alone, but in addition to a rhinoplasty.


Naples Plastic Surgeon
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Alar base vs. Rhinoplasty.

You should have a rhinoplasty with alar base reduction. If you only narrow the base the tip will look too big.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Base reduction faster

I agree with the others, but it is also important to consider that changing the base of your nose can upset the balance with other features in your nose.  If you are considering changing other portions of the nose, it is best to do it all at once in order to make sure it is a balanced change.

Colin Pero, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Los Angeles Rhinoplasty

Alar base reduction is a simple procedure that narrows the nostril flaring and has very minimal recovery, however if you  wish to change the your bridge or you tip you need a rhinoplasty which has a recovery period of about 10 days.

Armen Vartany, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Alar base reduction has a very fast recovery time

Hello Beatrice,

Alar base reduction has a much faster recovery time than a full rhinoplasty.  No splint is needed, bruising should be none, and swelling is also relatively little.

All the best,

Dr. Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Alar Base reduction versus Rhinoplasty.

Alar base reduction is performed to decrease the horizontal flare of the nostrils using several techniques.  Technically this is a minimally invasive Rhinoplasty technique and as such would heal much faster than a formal Rhinoplasty...but also has a very limited purpose, unlike a Rhinoplasty that can change one or all aspects of the nose.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Healing time of rhinoplasty vs alar base reduction

The alar base reduction is a simple small incision approximately ¼ of an inch long inside the sill of the nostril.  This will heal much faster than a full rhinoplasty.  A full rhinoplasty healing takes approximately a year whereas the alar base reduction is full recovery within a couple of months.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alar Base Reduction vs Rhinoplasty

Do not select the operation that will heal the quickest  - pick the procedure that will give you the best result. In addition to alar base reduction you should at least refine your tip.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alar base reduction or full rhinoplasty

An alar base reduction is not a full rhinoplasty and therefore the recovery is quicker than a rhinoplasty.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Alar base reduction is performed to narrow the alar base and reduce nostril width

Alar base reduction is performed to narrow the alar base and reduce nostril width. The difficult part of your question is that alar base reduction is rarely performed by itself. If you're undergoing rhinoplasty to change other aspects of your nasal appearance, this can affect the need or type of alar base reduction required. Seek a qualified Facial Plastic Surgeon to fully evaluate your nose and discuss your options.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

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