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ALARPLASTY


ALARPLASTY

Introduction
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Alarplasty is a minor surgery done to narrow wide nostrils. Sometimes the surgery is done to reduce the thickness of the nasal ala (wing of the nose). Alarplasty may be performed concurrently with nasal augmentation to enhance the overall aesthetic results.

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Patient 1 (concurrent nasal augmentation)
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Before                     After

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Objectives
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  1. To narrow the wide nostrils
  2. To reduce the thickness of the nasal ala

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Preoperative Preparation
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• Treat and stabilize all existing medical conditions, if any.
• Stop smoking at least one week before surgery
• Stop the following one week before surgery:
  1. All supplements that contain vitamin E, ginseng, ginko, garlic, fish oil and other ingredients that encourage bleeding during surgery
  2. Medicine that exacerbate bleeding during operation such as aspirin, NSAIDs and warfarin. You may need to consult the physician who prescribed the medicine before stopping them
 
• Don’t wear jewelry on the day of surgery


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Surgery
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Duration: 0.5-1.0 hour
Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia
When to Go Home after Surgery: On the same day
Recovery Time: 5-7 days
Technique: one of two methods is used

1. Incision Method: A pre-determined part of the alar base is excised and sutured to narrow the nostrils. Wound is located around the alar base but the scars are well hidden.

2. Stitch Method: Suture inserted from inside the mouth and hitched into the alar base. When the suture is tightened and tied the nostrils are narrowed. No external wounds

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Recovery
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• Some minimal swelling may present 3-5 days
• Use cotton tip and sterile water to clean the wound three times a day
• Apply antibiotic ointment on the wound three times a day
• Finish the oral antibiotics
• Removal of suture (only needed in incision method) is done one week after surgery


 
 
 
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