Having nostrils that are “too wide” is a common complaint for many men and women, particularly among individuals of African-American and Southeast Asian descent.
As one of the top facial plastic surgeons Los Angeles & Beverly Hills has to offer, Dr. Lee understands the frustration that comes with wide nostrils and cosmetic nasal flaws. Often times, Dr. Lee recommends an alar base reduction, which is a special procedure designed to narrow the width of the nostril base. In this way, the surgery minimizes the appearance of overly prominent nostrils and achieves a more attractive and harmonious overall look.
Is an alar base reduction right for you?
When men and women are unhappy with the entire appearance of their nose, they typically undergo a full rhinoplasty procedure, which is designed to sculpt, reshape and resize the nose until your ideal look has been achieved. However, if your only complaint is that your nostrils are too wide, an alar base reduction – which is a much smaller and less intensive procedure – may be ideal.
To qualify for this procedure, you should be in good overall health and possess realistic expectations for what an alar base reduction can accomplish. As it exclusively focuses on the nostrils, it won’t change the shape of the rest of your nose or drastically alter your facial appearance. You’ll still look like you – your nostrils will just be less prominent. During your initial consultation with Dr. Lee, she will help you determine whether or not this procedure is in your best interest and can accomplish your precise cosmetic objectives.
In the event that an alar base reduction is not an appropriate procedure, Dr. Lee offers several other ethnic rhinoplasty procedures. Those are:
Having been through the Dr. Kimberly experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.
An Overview of Alar Base Reduction
To prepare for among the best alar base reduction Beverly Hills has to offer, Dr. Lee will spend a substantial amount of time with you, evaluating your anatomy and how it relates to your nose and the size of your nostrils. She will then work closely with you to compose a custom surgical plan designed to decrease the size of your nostrils, while ensuring an extremely natural result. In working with ethnic patients, Dr. Lee is careful to ensure the cosmetic outcome doesn’t necessarily strip away all traces of your ethnic identity, but rather refines it to create a more harmonious overall look.
To perform your actual surgery, Dr. Lee will begin by administering local anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety. From there, she will make a precise incision in the crease where your nostril wall meets your cheek. She will then remove a wedge-shaped piece of the nostril wall, effectively narrowing the nostrils and achieving a more attractive look. Once your precise cosmetic goals have been accomplished, Dr. Lee will meticulously close the incisions to minimize any scarring and ensure a discreet final result.
What to expect during recovery
Immediately after your alar base reduction, you can expect to experience some nasal swelling, congestion and pain, though it will all be manageable by ensuring your head is elevated at all times and taking your prescribed pain medication as directed. During this time, you will be advised to avoid strenuous activity and doing anything that may place stress or pressure on your nose. In most cases, you will be able to resume work and your normal daily routine within one week, though Dr. Lee will provide you with personalized guidance during your post-operative appointments.
Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Kimberly J. Lee today
If you feel that overly wide or asymmetrical nostrils are detracting from your appearance, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee today for among the best alar base reduction Los Angeles has to offer. During your meeting, she will carefully evaluate your nose and facial anatomy as a whole, before composing a custom treatment plan designed to achieve less prominent nostrils and create a more attractive, and extremely natural, end result.
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