Reducing Thickness of Flesh/skin Around Nostrils

I am Asian with a rather fleshy nose with a bulbous tip. My rhinoplasty has improved my tip definition. However, i notice my alars(which are also very fleshy) look more prominent and bigger now. I also did alar reduction, however it was done minimally as my wide alars were due to thick skin and not due to large nostrils. Is there anyway i can thin the skin around my nostrils to make it more balanced? Will the nose/nostrils skin naturally become thinner as I grow older? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 4

Reducing nostril thickness

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There are a few ways to reduce the thickness of the nostrils. Depending on which method was used with your original alar reduction it may be possible to use additional techniques to improve your nasal balance.

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Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Thinning out the alar rims

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Yes, it can be thinned out by directly removing the fatty part of the alar rim. A pie wedge shaped piece is removed. The scar usually heals quite nicely.

Charles S. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Reducing Thickness of Flesh/skin Around Nostrils

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Pictures will help determining the exact cause. However, you seem to need an Alar Repositioning in order to improve the nasal base. This not only reduces you alars but place them closer together.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon

Alar Base Reduction

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Alar base reduction is a popular procedure with Asians to decrease the width of the nasal base.  The alar base can be further reduced to achieve a more balanced proportion with the rest of your nose and face.  However, it is difficult to say what should or shouldn't be done for you without evaluating you first.  Please consult with a board certified specialist who can assist you in achieving the goals you desire.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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