Can You Vertically Shorten Nasal Wings/alar? Can They Be Raised?

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Can You Vertically Shorten Nasal Wings/alar? Can They Be Raised?

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    If you want the ala projection reduced, this can be achieved.  If you want to move the alar wings higher on the face, there is not a slick, meaningful way to achieve this without creating a scar in that area.  About the most you could expect is 2 mm.  Find a creative plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties a year.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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Please send a photo and I am happy to provide a specific response. In general however, small alterations can be made. Send the photo to

Phillip Langsdon, MD
Germantown Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty alar tipplasty

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Good question. On a side view the optimal appearance is a 4mm distance between the edge of the nostril and the outer edge of the columella and each edge 2mm from the mid-axis of the opening. In most cases where the gap is smaller the columella is retruded. That is fortunate because it is much easier to move the columella forward than it is to move the nostril rim upwards.

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Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

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Rhinoplasty - Vertically Shorten Nasal Wings/alar

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Technically it is possible to shorten, but the important factor here is to achieve a good balance with the rest of your facial features.

Alberto Di Giuseppe, MBBS
London Plastic Surgeon

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