Alar Base Reduction Rhinoplasty
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Candidacy for Alar Base Reduction
Healthy adults of many ages can benefit from alar base reduction. This procedure can be performed for patients who have unwanted nostril contours due to an injury or congenital abnormality.
Some patients undergo alar base reduction after a previous rhinoplasty did not produce their anticipated nostril contours. In these cases, the patient must wait until the nose has fully healed from the primary rhinoplasty before they can be considered a candidate for alar base reduction.
We will need to meet with you for a consultation to assess your candidacy for alarplasty. During your consultation, your nasal structure and tissue will be evaluated. We will also ask you about previous nose surgeries, relevant medical history, and the specific enhancements you are seeking.
If you are a good candidate, you will be provided with detailed information about what to expect on the day of your surgery. We will also advise you regarding the estimated duration of the procedure and how you can prepare for your recovery.
How Does Alar Base Narrowing Work?
This procedure affects the alae, which consist of soft tissue and attach the nostrils to the cheeks. The height and width of the alae vary greatly from one person to another. Alarplasty involves excising a tiny amount of tissue from the alae to bring the nostrils into balance with the nose.
Alar Base Reduction Procedure Details
Many alar base reduction procedures can be performed using topical anesthesia rather than general anesthesia. If alarplasty is being combined with a traditional rhinoplasty or other facial plastic surgery, general anesthesia will likely be necessary.
After the patient is under the effect of the anesthesia, the doctor can make the applicable incision(s) and excise nasal tissue. Alar base reduction techniques can involve one or more of the following incision types:
- Sill – A sill excision technique requires incisions inside the nose and is used to narrow the width of the nostrils and the alar base.
- Wedge – This is an external incision technique used to correct nostril flaring.
- Weir – The Weir approach is an advanced version of the wedge technique that facilitates expanded contouring options.
After removing nasal tissue and placing sutures to secure the changes, the treatment area will be bandaged.
Alar Base Reduction Recovery and Results
Alarplasty recovery takes one to three months, on average. However, you can see noticeable improvements in as little as one to two weeks when post-op redness and swelling have dissipated. A follow-up appointment will be needed after about one week, so your sutures can be removed.
How Much Does Alar Base Reduction Cost?
The price of your nostril narrowing procedure will depend on the best alar base reduction technique for achieving your desired results. During your consultation, we will provide complete information regarding anesthesia and facility fees, as well as all other costs related to your personalized treatment plan.