If someone feels that their nostrils appear open and prominent or that their nose appears to have a flared appearance, they may be interested in an alarplasty.
The fleshy portions of your nose that attach your nostrils to your face are known as the alae. Depending on your natural facial shape, they can be taller or shorter, or thicker or thinner. Alarplasty removes a tiny piece of these alae, altering the appearance of your nose’s width.
This corrective operation might be of interest to people who have already undergone a rhinoplasty but want to improve the results, as well as to individuals who have suffered a facial trauma.
Alarplasty is a short, easy procedure that can significantly alter the appearance of your face. Techniques for trimming your nose may change according to the shape of your nostrils and your goals. In order to keep any potential scarring from an alarplasty disguised in your natural nasal folds, our surgeon will typically make an incision in your alar crease. Depending on your aesthetic needs, they will then remove a wedge from your nostril wall. Our Surgeon will make a few last modifications to the contour of your nostrils. Then your incisions will be stitched and closed, and your nostrils will be reattached to their bases.
Pain, bruising, and swelling are typical after alar reduction surgery in the initial days. It’s also typical to experience some minor bleeding from your incisional sites, which should stop completely in two to three days.
Any sutures, nasal packing, and bandages will be taken off during your follow-up appointment after a week. Most of your swelling, bruising, and pain should then be gone or reduced significantly.
Alar reduction surgery does not involve reshaping of the bone, unlike a nose job. This reduces the duration of your recovery period as well as the intensity of your pain, bruising, and swelling. Most patients resume their regular daily activities one week after their alarplasty, with a two-week recovery period on average.
More than any other tissue, the nose has a tendency to hold onto swelling. Even if it isn’t obvious, any leftover swelling could take three to six months to totally go away. Even after having an alarplasty, scarring cannot be seen thanks to its position. Your scar will disappear completely over time if you take good care of it.