Wide nasal alae and flaring of the nostrils make the nose appear wide and broad and affect the nose’s aesthetics. Alarplasty, also known as alar base reduction, is a minor surgery done to reduce the nasal alae’s width and narrow the nostrils. The aims are to make the nasal alae and the nostrils narrower. The overall effect is the nose will appear slimmer and more elegant. The procedure involves resection of a rim of tissues from the alar base and the adjacent nasal floor. An alternative option of alarplasty is the stitching method that brings the nasal alae nearer to each other without tissue resection.
Alarplasty may be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with other rhinoplasty procedures to create an aesthetically balanced and refined nose.
Duration: One hour
Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia
Hospitalization: Not required.
Recovery*: Back to work in 3 days, light exercise after one week, heavy exercise after 3-4 weeks. * The actual speed of recovery may vary from person to person.
** The instructions in this list are only for general guidance. If you have any specific queries or concerns during the post-operative recovery, please contact the clinic for further advice.