Nose wing, also known as nasal ala, refers to the outer wall of each nostril. Wide nose wings and nostril flaring make the nose appear broad and wide with prominent nostrils . Alarplasty is a minor surgery done to reduce the width of the nose wings and to narrow the nostrils. The overall effect is to make the nose appears slimmer and more elegant. There are two types of alarplasty: resection technique and stitch technique. Resection technique involves resection of part of the alar base and the adjacent nasal floor. Stitch technique involves a 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 such as nose augmentation and tip-plasty to create more balanced aesthetic results.
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.