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What is Nostril Reduction Procedure?

Contrary to popular belief, an Alarplasty procedure is not the same as a rhinoplasty procedure. In fact, Alarplasty is a type of nose procedure that is completely different from the traditional rhinoplasty procedure. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Nostril Reduction Procedure?

A good candidate for a nostril reduction procedure is someone who is:

  • A non-smoker, or willing to give up smoking at least eight weeks prior to and after the procedure
  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Undergoing the procedure for themselves alone
  • Aware of possible complications and side effects of the procedure
  • Suffering from wide or asymmetric nostrils that require a nostril reduction procedure.

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An “out of proportion’ nose can impact your self-esteem and throw off the balance of your face. Rhinoplasty alters the bones and cartilages that make up the nose, the lining of the nasal passageways and even the skin covering. This surgery changes the profile, length and/or width of the nose. It can also change the shape of your nose tip.

Furthermore, surgeons perform the operation closed (with all incisions inside the nostrils) which is popular for Rhinoplasty Surgery. Whereas, open Rhinoplasty (with a small incision underneath the nose) is popular for revisional surgery.

What are the benefits of the Nostril Reduction Procedure?

There are many benefits of the Alarplasty procedure ranging from physical to mental, psychological to social. When compared to the rhinoplasty procedure, it is less invasive than the latter and is highly recommended to anyone with wide nostrils but a straight nasal bridge. The rhinoplasty procedure is common but it cannot change the size of the nostrils, only an Alarplasty procedure can. 

An Alarplasty also helps improve airflow through your nose if your nostrils are asymmetric in size with one size wider than the other. The narrower side may not be able to circulate air and allow airflow as well as the wider size, creating discomfort while breathing. A nostril reduction procedure will not only fix the size of your nostrils on the wider side but also make them more symmetric in appearance. 

Wide nostrils also affect the aesthetics of the face and can have a negative impact on a patients self-image. Undergoing the nostril reduction procedure helps improve the appearance of the nose, especially if the tip of your nose and nasal bridge is straight. This improved appearance of the nostrils will improve your facial aesthetics, which in turn will improve your self-image and increase your self-worth.  

What to Expect During the Nostril Reduction Procedure

The nostril reduction procedure begins with the consultation period during which your surgeon will assess how much of your nostrils should be removed so as to successfully reduce the size but also not affect the breathing abilities. You can use this time to discuss the procedure and the associated risks and complications of the procedure with your surgeon so that you can make an informed decision about undergoing the procedure. 

Once you have been approved to undergo the Alarplasty procedure meaning that you have met the eligibility requirements for the procedure, you will be prepped for the procedure. The procedure can be performed using different techniques, and your surgeon will choose the best technique for you based on your health and your expectations from the procedure. This is why is it is extremely important for you to be candid about your goals and expectations with your surgeon. 

Your surgery will begin with you being put under either general or local anaesthesia, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. Then the initial incision will be made after which excess nasal alar will be excised using one of the following techniques:

  • Wedge 
  • Sill 
  • Weir

The names of these techniques refer to the shape of the excised nasal alar. Once your surgeon has excised the nasal alar and reduced the size of the nostril appropriately, the incisions will be sutured and this marks the end of your nostril reduction procedure. 

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Recovery after Nostril Reduction Procedure

The recovery period after a nostril reduction procedure is shorter compared to other cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery procedures. It only lasts for around 3 weeks, although the results are not fully visible for up to a month to three months after the procedure. Hence, it can be said that the recovery period is one month to three months long. 

The first week after the procedure, there is going to be significant swelling and bruising of the nose with the pinkish colour of the incision. This pinkish colour can give the impression that the scar is visible and excessive, however, this colour will subside by the second week, at the latest and the scar will be hidden in the natural contours of the nose. 

During the recovery period, you should abstain from sleeping in any position that is not your back, and you should also try to sleep alone as sleeping with someone can increase the risk of injury to your nose through the night. You should also avoid smoking, drinking, and any form of strenuous activity that can put pressure on the incision. Doing any of these three things can increase the risk of infection and eventually, wound separation.

Risks and Complications of Nostril Reduction Procedure

The nostril reduction procedure is an elective and a minor procedure but it is a surgical procedure. Therefore, there are certain risk factors and complications associated with it. This include:

  • Side effects of anaesthesia such as an allergic reaction
  • Infection
  • Bleeding or accumulation of blood (hematoma)
  • Visible scarring
  • Excessive scarring
  • Pus at the site of incision
  • And more. 
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Why Choose Dr Richard Sackelariou?

Dr Richard Saceklariou is a board-certified specialist plastic surgeon who has travelled the world and perfected his technique throughout his long and successful career. With over two decades of experience and training in different countries, Dr Sackelariou uses state-of-the-art techniques to operate on his patients and achieve the results that his patients desire. He values patient satisfaction and safety which means that he will never promise results that he cannot achieve during the procedure. As the years have passed, he has studied and improved his skillset to be able to better achieve all results that his patient have in mind, without compromising on the safety of the patient. 

Celebrities who underwent the Nostril Reduction Procedure 

Many A-list celebrities have admitted to undergoing the rhinoplasty procedure. While they do not disclose exactly what type of nose job they have gotten, it is obvious from before and after pictures that these procedures also include nostril reduction procedures. Their nostrils seem to have reduced in size significantly along with different changes in the structure of the nose. Below are some of these Hollywood celebrities:

  • Tyra Banks
  • Ariana Grande
  • Beyonce
  • Kate Moss
  • Cardi B
  • Scarlett Johanson

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About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

Dr Sackelariou is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures.

His signature surgeries include – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patients love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

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