Big Nostrils - Alar Base Reduction

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Big nostrils, often referred to as wide or flared nostrils, are common facial characteristics that can affect the overall harmony and balance of the face. This page provides insights into understanding big nostrils and exploring surgical options to improve facial aesthetics.

Understanding Big Nostrils

Definition and Characteristics

Big nostrils are characterised by a wider or more flared appearance, which can result in a disproportionate look relative to the rest of the nose and face. This feature can influence the overall facial harmony and balance.

Cultural and Genetic Aspects

Big nostrils are a distinctive feature that can be found across various ethnicities, contributing to the rich diversity of facial structures. Embracing these unique genetic traits is essential, and any cosmetic procedure consideration should be approached with cultural sensitivity and personal choice.

Images of patients are displayed with their consent. Results could be different for each individual and will be discussed during a consultation with Dr Frank Lin

Reasons for Considering Surgery

Individuals may consider nostril reduction surgery for big nostrils for various personal reasons, including improving facial features and nasal symmetry. It's important to approach this topic with sensitivity, recognising that plastic surgery treatments are a personal choice and not a prerequisite for beauty.

Treatment Options

There are surgical procedures available for those considering adjustments to their nostrils. It's important to explore these options thoroughly and consult with a specialist plastic surgeon for personalised advice.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a comprehensive surgical procedure aimed at reshaping the nose for both aesthetic and functional improvements. It can address various aspects, including the nasal tip, bridge, and nostrils. Within the scope of Rhinoplasty, specific techniques can be employed to refine the nose shape and improve facial harmony.

Alar Base Reduction Surgery (Alarplasty Surgery)

Alar base reduction surgery, or alarplasty surgery, is a focused cosmetic procedure designed to modify the width and shape of the nasal base and nostrils. The alar base is the part of the nose where the nostrils become rounded and extend to the cheeks.

Individuals might consider this nostril reduction procedure to correct flared nostrils or a broad alar base, aiming for a nose shape that is more in proportion with their facial features. This procedure is often performed as part of a broader Rhinoplasty to achieve a more balanced and harmonious result.

Consultation

During your initial consultation, one of our experienced plastic surgeons will provide an individualised assessment of your nasal structure, your suitability for nostril surgery, and take time to understand your concerns and goals. We believe excellent and consistent results always begin with a well-informed patient.

Your treatment plan will be discussed with you, providing realistic expectations of what can be achieved, and addressing any questions you may have about the reduction surgery.

Why Choose Us?

At Eastern Plastic Surgery, we offer bespoke care and exceptional expertise. Dr Frank Lin, renowned for his specialisation in nose surgeries and facial aesthetic surgery, possesses a deep understanding of the unique needs of patients with big nostrils.

His focused expertise ensures tailored surgical procedures that improves facial harmony. With advanced facilities and a commitment to individualised care, we provide a high-quality surgical experience.

Meet Dr Frank Lin

Dr Frank Lin is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and founder of Eastern Plastic Surgery and EST Clinic. Dr Lin’s areas of interest include facial and breast aesthetic surgery, as well as non-surgical aesthetic treatments.

Dr Lin currently serves on the executive board of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the Membership Committee of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) representing Australia.

FAQs

If you have any more questions about big nostrils, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, you can find FAQs below that may provide the additional information you’re looking for.

How do I make my big nostrils smaller?

To reduce the size of big nostrils, nostril reduction surgery is an effective approach. The procedure involves removing a small amount of tissue from the nostril area. The primary aim is to narrow the nostril width, thus improving nasal symmetry and achieving a more aesthetically balanced appearance. This nostril reduction procedure is tailored to individual needs to ensure the desired outcome.
Can alar base reduction look natural?

Yes, alar base reduction, when conducted by skilled and experienced plastic surgeons, can result in a very natural appearance. The success of alar base surgery lies in a meticulous approach that carefully considers the overall facial proportions and the natural contours of the patient's face. The objective is to improve the nose's harmony with the rest of the facial features while maintaining a natural look.
Is alar base reduction painful?

While alar base reduction is a surgical intervention, it typically results in only mild discomfort post-procedure. The procedure itself is conducted with appropriate anaesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Post-operative pain is usually manageable with prescribed medications or over-the-counter pain relief options, making the recovery process relatively comfortable for most patients. The aim is to minimise discomfort while the nasal area heals and improves symmetry.
Will nostril reduction surgery leave scars?

Nostril reduction surgery is performed with a strategic approach to minimise any visible scarring. Surgeons make incisions discreetly within the natural creases or inside the nostrils to ensure that any potential scars are well-concealed. This careful placement of incisions is part of the effort to change the nose's appearance without noticeable scarring, contributing to a more natural and refined outcome.
What is the recovery time for alar base reduction?

The recovery timeline for alar base reduction surgery allows most patients to return to their daily routines within about a week. The initial recovery phase involves managing mild swelling and bruising, which gradually subsides to reveal the procedure's final results. Full recovery and the complete emergence of improved nasal symmetry can be expected over a few weeks, with the patient observing continuous improvements during this period.
What is nasal flaring?

Nasal flaring refers to the condition where the nostrils are excessively wide or prominent, contributing to a lack of harmony and balance in the facial features. This aspect can be a focal concern for individuals seeking aesthetic improvements to achieve a more proportionate nose shape and overall facial symmetry.
Can Rhinoplasty help improve nasal symmetry and nose shapes?

Yes, Rhinoplasty can significantly improve nasal symmetry and alter nose shapes to better match your facial features. This comprehensive surgical procedure allows for precise modifications to the nasal structure, including the bridge, tip, and nostrils. By addressing asymmetries and refining the overall shape, Rhinoplasty can create a more harmonious and balanced appearance.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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