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Alarplasty Lets You Reshape Your Nostrils

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Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure covering any cosmetic nose surgery, including alarplasty. For those who are happy with their nose shape and only want to adjust their nostrils, alarplasty is the solution. Also known as nostril or alar reduction surgery or alar trimming, this cosmetic enhancement allows for minor modifications that can radically impact your facial appearance.

What Is Alarplasty?

A nicely shaped nose features nostrils proportionate to the nose’s total size. Alarplasty can help you attain that by altering the width and shape of your nostrils with a minor incision to the sides of the alae.

The alae are where your nostrils get rounded and reach to your cheeks. Cosmetic surgeons recommend the nose be as wide as the eye area or one-fifth of the face. If your alae exceed these proportions, you may find your face less balanced.

Alarplasty can be used to narrow or expand nostrils. It may also incorporate reshaping. Some people do it for cosmetic concerns alone, but the surgery can also resolve functional issues.

The Nostril Reconstruction Procedure

While the procedure is relatively short, it requires pinpoint accuracy to provide the best possible outcomes. Dr. Joseph J. Rousso specializes in rhinoplasty surgeries like alarplasty. He can give you a more balanced nose in a subtle manner to maintain symmetry and ethnic shape. Ideal results are nostrils that are not too narrow, which can create nasal valve blockages and other issues and do not look natural.

Benefits of Alarplasty

The nose is a prominent facial feature. Thus, dissatisfaction with your nose, even just your nostrils, might affect your mental health and life overall.
Some of the benefits of alarplasty include:

  • Narrow your nose to suit your face
  • Adjust nostril asymmetry
  • Improve nasal blockage to help you breathe better
  • Boost your self-esteem so you can face the obstacles of everyday life

The advantage of doing only alarplasty (over rhinoplasty) is that it is a less extreme cosmetic procedure. Others will compliment your newfound beauty without noticing that you have had any cosmetic work done.

How Is Alarplasty Performed?

Nostril trimming techniques vary by shape and objective. Generally, Dr. Russo makes the incision to remove a nasal wall wedge along your alar crease, so any scars following alarplasty are concealed within the nose’s natural folds.

Dr. Rousso has the knowledge, skills and expertise in rhinoplasty for precision nostril reshaping. You deserve a nose that makes you feel great. Please contact out office and inquire about alarplasty today!

Posted on behalf of Joseph J. Rousso, MD, FACS

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