How much would it cost to fix my alar retraction? What would it involve? Closed or open rhino? (photos)
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There are various ways, techniques, and approaches to address and improve alar retraction. All of them involve some sort of cartilage grafting to bring the alae down and keep them down. You should see a board-certified rhinoplasty expert for a consultation to discuss your best option. Good luck!
Composite skin/ cartilage grafts for alar retraction
Thank you for your question. Alar retraction poses challenges even to the most experienced of rhinoplasty surgeons. I would definately seek only the advice of someone that specializes in the face like a Double Board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. The issue you have can be addressed either with conservative lifting of the columella (central peice) that would give the impression of less retraction or you could certainly do a alar batten graft. Either one can be done via endonasal or external approach. Hope this helps.
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Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Total costs for this outpatient surgery in my fully-accredited in-office OR would be around $3,000.
Best wishes! Harry V. Wright MD, Sarasota, Florida