Are you looking to modify the tip of your nose for a cuter, button-style nose tip? Or, are you satisfied with your nose shape, except the nostrils or tip? An alar base rhinoplasty, or alarplasty, may be right for you.
The Alar Base refers to, essentially, the bottom parts of the nose; everything you could see if you were looking at the nose from below, including the nose tip and nostrils. A facial plastic surgeon may recommend this surgical procedure to enhance a patient’s nose’s tip and make the nose as a whole look more symmetrical.
The Benefits of an Alar Base Reduction Surgery
Why get an alarplasty? In general, alar base rhinoplasty is the right choice for those interested in a differently shaped nose tip to match their face but don’t have a crooked nose bridge.
Alarplasty is also a suitable option to help with wide nostrils and flared or asymmetrical nostrils. An alarplasty procedure can create more narrow nostrils, a more defined nose tip or even be part of a revision rhinoplasty to correct a previously-performed rhinoplasty.
One benefit of alarplasty compared to other rhinoplasties is that it can be a less invasive rhinoplasty procedure. The incision of an alar reduction will generally heal in only a couple of weeks instead of an open rhinoplasty procedure on the nose’s bridge or entire nasal structure. The difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty can impact the recovery process immensely.
Am I the Right Candidate for Alarplasty?
Alar base reduction surgery comes with the same conditions as any other rhinoplasty procedures. A top rhinoplasty surgeon will tell you that such operations are only appropriate for those with good health and free of any other pre-existing health conditions.
You should also understand that an alarplasty can be a minor rhinoplasty procedure focused on the nose’s nostril area and tip. It won’t affect the bridge of your nose in any significant way.
The best rhinoplasty surgeons will even be able to use computer imaging to model your facial appearance after a successful alar base reduction. Seeing how you will look via computer imaging gives you greater confidence in the final results after your surgery.
Once you’ve had your alar base reduction surgery, it’s up to you to make the most of the alarplasty recovery. For example, keeping up a healthy diet during recovery is one of the best ways to speed recovery. Also, making sure to avoid nicotine or vaping products and maintaining a good skincare routine. All these can help speed the healing process and let you get the most out of your alar base reduction surgery.
Book Your Alarplasty Today
If you think that an alarplasty is right for you or just want to learn more about the procedure, talk to a trusted rhinoplasty surgeon for more information. Dr. Rival is a trusted Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon, with hundreds of patients seeing beautiful and natural results.
Contact us today to learn more about alarplasty rhinoplasty surgery.