Nostril size has a distinct impact on your appearance. This procedure is especially popular among many patients, but females tend to seek out this procedure to add a more feminine appearance to their nose and overall aesthetic.
Nostril reduction surgery can help address large nostrils, as well as nasal flaring that can happen when laughing, smiling, breathing, or resting.
How to Choose Nostril Reduction Surgery
The first consideration when choosing where to get nostril reduction, and what surgical approach to take, is to pick the right surgeon. To pick the best rhinoplasty surgeon for your needs online reviews and references from friends and family can be a good start. But from there, you still should dig deeper before settling.
The best place to start is by looking at their skills and expertise.
Most surgeons make their qualifications readily known, so it’s easy to find someone who has a relevant skill set to your needs. What fellowships are they a part of, what specific fields did they receive their training in?
Next, take a look at the work they have done. In addition to online rhinoplasty galleries, surgeons will keep resources in-office where you can view the work they have performed on other patients.
This is a good opportunity to see their skill and to see if they have performed similar procedures—and gotten similar results—to the surgery you’re looking to pursue. These resources can be made available when you book a rhinoplasty consultation.
During the consultation, the surgeon will help you understand the cause of your flared or enlarged nostrils. As well as your options to resolve it, and their potential outcomes.
Cause and Type of Nostril Flare
With a nostril reduction surgeon chosen, they will help you assess the cause and type of your nasal flaring. Is the flaring permanent, a static expression flare, or occurs with dynamic expressions (such as laughing).
Comparing this information to your desired results allows the surgeon to determine what your options are to address the problem.
Nostril Reduction Rhinoplasty Options
Alar Base Reduction
An alar base reduction is best suited to correct nasal flaring that occurs as a result of a wide nasal base.
The surgery decreases nostril flare and/or decreases the size of the nostrils themselves. It is performed by making a weir incision—a small cut at the alar base inside the nostril. The surgeon uses this incision to remove a piece of the nostril wall. The result is a reduction of nostril width, thus reducing nasal flare.
Having the incision made inside the nostril means there is no visible scar resulting from the procedure.
Botox or Dysport
The nasal flare that occurs as a result of dynamic expressions, like smiling or breathing heavily, can often be treated using facial muscle relaxers.
This type of flare occurs because the muscles in your face are pulling the nostrils laterally or the nasal tip downwards.
Facial muscle relaxers, like Botox and Dysport, are injected into those specific muscles, preventing the pulling action. As a result, it can reduce or prevent nasal flare.
Although facial muscle relaxers are a temporary solution, non-surgical rhinoplasty is effective and has the key benefit of having virtually no downtime. It is a “lunch break” procedure that takes only a short session to perform and allows you to return to regular activities almost immediately.
Flared Nostrils Rhinoplasty
For permanently flared nostrils, surgery may be the best option. A common approach to correct this issue is flared nostril rhinoplasty.
The rhinoplasty surgeon makes an incision at the base of the columella—the cartilage wall dividing the nostrils. This allows the surgeon to thin the muscles which pull the nose laterally, causing nostril flare, as well as adding support to the nasal tip.
Flared nostril rhinoplasty permanently corrects nostril flare.
In some instances, nasal flare is not the result of muscle pull or wide nostrils but is due to excessive cartilage in the nasal tip. Where this occurs, tip rhinoplasty is an effective solution.
The surgeon trims or reshapes the cartilage at the nasal tip. This straightens nostril edges, reducing the curvature of the nasal tip. As a result, the nostril flare is significantly reduced.
Nostril Reduction Surgery in Toronto
Are you ready to correct your flared nostrils? Dr. Richard Rival is double board-certified in Otolaryngology (Head and neck surgery), making him a great option for nostril reduction and other nose surgeries. He can help you understand your options, their outcomes, and how to best achieve the results you desire.
Rhinoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure, although in some cases you may need to stay home for a week to recover from swelling and bruising.
Book your nostril reduction consultation in Toronto.