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Alar Base Rhinoplasty

Alar Base Rhinoplasty

Alar Base Rhinoplasty, often referred to as nostril reduction surgery, is a specialised procedure aimed at reducing the width of the nostrils, decreasing nostril flaring, and achieving a more harmonious appearance of the nose. Known also as Weir’s excisions for alarplasty, this surgery is a common component of ethnic rhinoplasty.

Candidates for Alar Base Rhinoplasty

While Alar Base Rhinoplasty is frequently sought by individuals of African, Hispanic, and Asian descent due to naturally broader nostrils, it is also performed on Caucasians and Arabs who wish to correct nostril flaring. The decision to undergo this procedure is often motivated by the desire to achieve better facial symmetry and nasal proportion.

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The Procedure

Surgical Technique

To perform Alar Base Rhinoplasty, a surgeon makes a small incision at the crease where the cheek joins the nostril wall, typically measuring about 3 to 4 mm. A wedge-shaped piece of the nostril wall is then removed symmetrically from both sides. This manoeuvre brings the nostrils inward, achieving better harmony with the rest of the nose, particularly the nasal tip.

Considerations for Comprehensive Rhinoplasty

While nostril reduction can be performed as a stand-alone procedure, it is often part of a comprehensive rhinoplasty to ensure overall facial proportionality. Adjustments to nasal height and tip projection may be necessary to achieve the best results, making complete rhinoplasty advisable in many cases. This holistic approach ensures that all aspects of the nose are in sync with other facial features.

Objectives and Outcomes

Balancing the Nasal Tip and Nostrils

One primary goal of Alar Base Rhinoplasty is to ensure that a bulbous nasal tip blends well with the nostrils, avoiding a pinched or overly wide appearance. The procedure aims to reduce excessive nostril flaring, creating a more refined and balanced nasal structure.

Correcting Asymmetry

Alar Base Rhinoplasty is also effective in correcting asymmetries between the nostrils. By achieving symmetrical nostril dimensions, the procedure enhances the overall aesthetic of the nose and contributes to a more harmonious facial appearance.

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Recovery and Aftercare

Healing Process

After the surgery, dissolvable sutures are used, which typically disappear within a week. The healing process varies among individuals, but most patients experience daily improvements. By the eighth day, the stitches are usually completely dissolved, and patients can apply light makeup to conceal any residual redness.

Managing Scarring

Visible scarring is a concern, especially for patients with darker complexions. The distance between the original edge of the nostrils and the new position may leave minor scars. However, these scars generally heal well and become less noticeable over time, blending into the natural crease of the nostril. Patients with darker skin may find their scars more visible during the initial recovery phase, but proper aftercare and time typically result in satisfactory healing.

In Closing

Alar Base Rhinoplasty is a transformative procedure that offers significant aesthetic benefits by refining nostril width and addressing nostril flaring. Whether performed as part of ethnic rhinoplasty or as a standalone surgery, it aims to achieve facial harmony and symmetry. With careful surgical technique and attention to individual healing processes, patients can expect excellent results and enhanced facial aesthetics

For more information about your rhinoplasty procedure, visit our rhinoplasty page to learn more and also to arrange your consultation with our Rhinoplasty Specialist.

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