Alar base reduction is a surgical procedure used to reduce the width of the nostrils. Rhinoplasty surgeons often use the procedure to correct size or flared nostrils that aren’t in proportion to the rest of the person’s face. The end result is a more refined nose that “fits” the rest of the face for a harmonious appearance.
Sometimes alar flare reduction is performed as part of rhinoplasty, but increasingly, people request alar base surgery as a stand-alone procedure. As the culture in Australia grows more diverse, there is a growing demand for alar reduction surgery. This is especially true for those with Asian and Polynesian ethnicities. Alar base surgery can sometime be performed in a second stage following rhinoplasty or it can be combined at the same time. Each approach has its own risks and benefits and Dr Shahidi will discuss that with you during the consultation.
During alar base surgery Dr Shahidi removes a small amount of extra skin, at the lower portion of the nostrils. The amount of skin is carefully measured in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing nose. The scars are small and positioned so they are not noticeable. Dr Shahidi then sutures the remaining skin together. This procedure results in a permanent reduction in the nostril width.
Dr Shahidi will discuss your condition and which procedure is right for you. You can have alar reduction after rhinoplasty or at the same time of your surgery. Alar reduction is minimally invasive and the scars from the surgical procedure usually fade away over time. You should wait until your rhinoplasty heals completely before deciding on alar reduction as a secondary procedure.
Recovering from Nose Alar Reduction
If the surgery is performed in combination with rhinoplasty then there is very little change in the recovery. If it is performed as a standalone procedure the recovery is the same as if you have had a skin mole removed. Usually it take 7-10 days for the incision to heal and it take many months of the scar to mature and fade. Dr Shahidi usually prescribes topical medications to help with healing.
If you’ve always felt like your nose didn’t fit your face, rhinoplasty and/or alar reduction might be a good fit for you. During a consultation with Dr Shahidi, you can discuss the different procedures available and how they might change the appearance of your nose.
One way to get a better idea of how the procedure can change your entire face is by looking at our portfolio of success stories. Dr Shahidi is a highly trained and experienced rhinoplasty surgeon with many successful rhinoplasties and related procedures to his credit. He will use a variety of tools to help you visualise the new nose that you’ve always dreamed of.
No matter how minor or serious any surgery is, choosing the right surgeon is the most important part of a successful procedure. Getting it right the first time will prevent you from requiring revision surgery and a longer recovery time.
Contact us today to book a consultation and learn your options for alar base reduction. Improving the appearance of your nose might be easier than you think. Rhinoplasty remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women and, increasingly, for men. There’s no better time to change the way you look than now. Call to book your consultation with us today.