Nostril reduction, also known as alar base reduction or alarplasty, is designed to reduce the size of wide nostrils to achieve a better overall facial balance. By reshaping and repositioning your nostrils, people can look forward to having a more refreshed and younger look.
Nostril reduction is a minor surgical procedure that is aimed at reducing both the width and size of the nostrils to achieve a slimmer-looking nose. A nostril reduction is commonly combined with a surgical rhinoplasty procedure under a general anaesthetic, although it may also be carried out on its own with a local anaesthetic. Nostril reduction surgery is commonly requested in people of certain ethnicities who may not be happy with the appearance of their noses.
What are the benefits of nostril surgery?
Nostril surgery is particularly effective for people with wide noses or wide nostrils to achieve:
- A slimmer nose and better overall balance with the other facial features.
- Smaller nostrils which appear symmetrical.
- Improved breathing through the nose.
- An improvement in self-confidence – the procedure can significantly boost self-confidence, allowing people to be more comfortable in social situations.
The nostril reduction procedure produces results that allow people to live their lives without feeling self-conscious about how their nose looks.
How can I reduce the size of my nose?
There are two main ways to reduce the size of your nose:
- Nostril reduction – this procedure can reduce the size of large nostrils with the surgical removal of extra skin and soft tissue surrounding the nostrils.
- Rhinoplasty – this procedure is designed to remove bumps on the nose and improve the nose tip’s size and shape, involving repositioning and removing the bone and cartilage.
Your expert surgeon will be able to advise you on which nose reduction procedure is the right treatment for you.
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Am I suitable for nostril surgery?
Ideal patients for reducing the size of the nostrils include those who do not have issues with the function of their noses, including a deviated septum. Patients are generally happy with the appearance of their noses, apart from having large or wide nostrils. Patients may feel self-conscious about how their nostrils look, especially when they smile or laugh. Patients should ideally be non-smokers and will be willing to stop smoking four weeks before the procedure to reduce the risk of wound healing complications.
What does nostril reduction surgery involve?
Once you have consulted with an expert rhinoplasty surgeon, a nostril reduction procedure may be recommended to help you achieve your treatment goals. Once you are lying comfortably on the operating table, your surgeon will first mark the areas for the nostril surgery. The location of the incision is key to achieving optimum results. It is important for the surgeon to have a complete understanding of the proportions and contours of your face to achieve an aesthetically pleasing nose.
Once the markings have been made, a local anaesthetic will be injected into the marks areas. An incision will then be made to surgically remove a portion of the nostrils located at the base of the nose. The incisions are naturally hidden in the skin folds of the nose and should not be visible to the naked eye. The wedge of nostril tissue is surgically removed before the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches. Nostril reduction surgery takes approximately one hour to carry out. When performed as part of surgical rhinoplasty, it is usually the last step of the procedure.
Your surgeon will play sutures both outside and inside the nostril to achieve the optimum shape. The dissolvable stitches need not be removed at a subsequent post-operative review appointment. If you have had non-dissolvable stitches placed, these will need to be removed at your one-week appointment. After the nostril reduction procedure, you can go home later the same day once you have recovered from the effects of the anaesthetic.
Does nostril reduction hurt?
Nostril reduction involves the injection of a local anaesthetic to make the area of surgery completely numb. This means you will be pain-free during the procedure. Any mild discomfort in the recovery period can be easily controlled with over-the-counter painkillers.
Recovery after nostril reduction
The recovery period for nostril reduction surgery is very short, with little to no discomfort experienced. Any mild discomfort can be easily controlled with over-the-counter painkillers. After the first 24 hours, patients can return to their usual daily activities. You will need to be reviewed one week after your procedure to inspect your incision sites and remove non-dissolvable stitches if these have been placed. Patients can return to work after one week. After six weeks, you can resume strenuous exercise. Swimming and lifting heavy weights will be allowed after approximately four weeks once the incisions have fully healed. The recovery after nostril surgery will differ between patients depending on the extent of surgical correction carried out. Always ask your surgeon if you have any questions about your healing and recovery.
Is nostril reduction worth it?
Most patients who have nostril reduction surgery report the procedure to have significantly impacted their quality of life. The procedure is the best way to reduce the size of large nostrils to help restore overall facial balance. This can lead to a significant boost in self-confidence in social situations. The procedure is much more affordable than rhinoplasty surgery and has a very short recovery period. Nostril reduction to reduce the size of wide nostrils is considered a worthwhile investment for the significant benefits it can bring.
Which celebrities have had nostril surgery?
It has been rumoured that Kate Moss, Tom Cruise, Scarlett Johansson and Beyoncé may have had nostril reduction surgery. This procedure is extremely popular amongst celebrities because it can produce excellent results and restore the balance of the face.
How much does nostril reduction cost?
A procedure to narrow the nostrils costs from £2500. You should beware of providers offering exceptionally low prices as the procedure may be performed in substandard conditions by staff who are underqualified, and they lack the credentials to operate from reputable medical facilities. Choosing to have surgery overseas may not be the best option as if there is a problem after the procedure, they could be issues in getting proper after-care. In the UK, the NHS will not perform corrective surgery for a botched procedure carried out overseas, like in Turkey. Although the low prices may appear tempting, complications arising from improperly performed surgery can cost much more in the long run.
Why choose Centre for Surgery for nostril reduction?