Will a Rhinoplasty Help Make my Nostrils Smaller?

I want a smaller nose but even more I want smaller nostrils. I haven't really seen people get a nostril reduction is this possible? I absolutely hate my nostrils.

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Rhinoplasty to Make Nostrils Smaller-Weir Resection

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Thank you for your question. Yes, a Rhinoplasty procedure called a Alarplasty or Weir Resection can be done to reduce nostril size.

However there are serious issues that you must consider:

  • Reducing nostril size may reduce ability to breath through your nose
  • Visible external nasal scars are required
  • The nostrils can appear unnaturally flattened losing the normal curved shape
  • Risk of asymmetry or different sized nostrils

An experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who does many Rhinoplasties can examine you and make a recommendation with the above risks in mind.

When done properly by an experienced Plastic Surgeon results can be excellent. Choose your surgeon wisely.

Nostrils Addressed Through Rhinoplasty

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The flare, show and size of the nostrils is often addressed through rhinoplasties.

That said, only board certified surgeons of extensive experience with delicate rhinoplasties are the most qualified to provide commendable results.

Being a triple board certified, I have performed multiple surgeries where addressing the nostrils was at the core of the procedures.

However, every patient is different and every case is treated differently and should be approached in a custom manner as modifying the nostrils will have a noticeable impact over the nose and the face ultimately.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your inquiry.

The best of luck to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Nostril size

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there are a multitude of procedures that can be done on the nostrils: to reduce the width, to reduce the size of the opening, to reduce the thickness of the wall to correct the shape as the tip is corrected etc. a good surgeon can evaluate what you need and offer options. 

M. Vincent Makhlouf, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

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The nostrils may appear big for several reasons. They may be oblong shaped or flare widely. The dividividing wall between nostrils(columella) may also be wide slim or hanging too low, which can give a perception of an abnormal sized nostril. The sidewall of the nose also contributes to the shape. Also, the sill, or the base of the nostril can contribute to nostril size and shape as well. An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to evaluate all of the areas and come up with a plan to create an appropriate size nostril keeping in mind that there are limitations due to anatomy and potential for impairing breathing function.

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Nostril reduction with alarplasty

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The nostrils can be made smaller through an alarplasty procedure.  A small incision is made at the base of the nostrils and a small amount of skin is removed from the nostril sill and the nostrils are narrowed.  This can be performed as a stand alone procedure known as an alarplasty or it can also be performed at the same time as a full rhinoplasty.

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Will a Rhinoplasty Help Make my Nostrils Smaller?

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 Aestheically speaking, yes some nostrils can be reduced and others not so much.  Photos would help in the evaluation or you should have several consults with experioenced Rhinoplasty Surgeons.  Just because something can be done...does not always mean that aesthetically it should be done.

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Nostril reduction in Rhinoplasty

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The size of the nostrils as well as their with and "flaring" is possible while performing a rhinoplasty procedure. The term wire reduction is often used to describe this part of the rhinoplasty procedure.


Good luck!


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Nostril manipulation through rhinoplasty is one of the skills honed by experienced Cosmetic Rhinoplastic Surgeons!  Give them a call.

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Nostril reduction

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Nostril reduction can be done during a rhinoplasty. There are different techniques to accomplish this, but It would be helpful to see pictures to ensure that the nostrils can be reduced in conjunction to your goals.


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Nostril reduction

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It is possible to reduce nostril size, nostril show, and nostril flare with rhinoplasty.  The link below shows an example

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