Small Nostrils Due to Thick Skin

The skin around my nostrils is so thick that my nostrils are small. How could that be corrected?

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Enlarging small nostrils

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Small nostrils cannot be enlarged and is a very difficult problem to deal with during a rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty is to sculpt the cartilage and bone of the nose, not the soft tissues.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Small nostril correction

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To evaluate your concern, photos at the least would be helpful.  If the skin and soft tissue are  thick, then sometimes thinning these out may do the trick.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Small Nostrils Secondary to Thick Skin

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Without pictures it is difficult to make specific recommendations, but there are several techniques to improve your nostrils. During consultations a good rhinoplasty surgeon will explain your alternatives .

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment of small nostril opening caused by thick skin

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Small nostrils due to thick skin can be corrected by thinning the fatty tissues. Also rearranging the tissues and thinning of the tissues or other soft tissue elements can be helpful. It all depends on the exact cause. Seek board certified plastic surgeons with great interest in rhinoplasty to assure great result.

Hope this was helpful.

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Small Nostrils

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Correcting small nostrils can be quite tricky depending on the cause.  Some solutions and causes to small nostrils are as follows:

  • Small nostrils can be made larger sometimes by supporting the nose with grafts along the edge of the rim of the nostril called an alar rim graft.  
  • In some cases, the nostrils appear small because the middle portion of the nose (called the columella) is too wide as a result of divergent medial crural footplates.  
  • In cases where the alar base has been overly reduced from surgery, a composite graft can be helpful in enlarging the nostril opening.  

An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon can help guide you into what is possible and what to expect after surgery.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Composite grafts through rhinoplasty techniques can help

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Composite grafts through rhinoplasty techniques can help. What this is means is that you can harvest a graft from your ear which will include a composite of skin, cartilage and intervening tissue that can be implanted within the nostril to enlarge the aperture.  Also different tissue advancing techniques and transposition of  tissue from the mouth or around the nose can be done to also enlarge the nostril.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Narrow nostrils and their repair.

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There are different ways to correct this depending on if the narrowing is coming from the outer or inner nostril wall. See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon in your area for the best results.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Small nostrils due to thick skin

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Photos are ALWAYS helpful. First seek 3 boarded surgeons in your area for opinions. Then decide which one will do your surgery. It is a very minor operation to decrease the girth of the nostril. From MIAMI DR. B

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