Rhinoplasty, or "nose job" surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures worldwide. Whether you were born with a nose that doesn't suit your facial features or your nose has grown or changed over time (sometimes from a previous broken nose), rhinoplasty is a powerful technique for re-proportioning your facial features. A well-done rhinoplasty is noticeable only in the sense that your face has greater aesthetic harmony, and your eyes, cheekbones, and smile are more noticeable.
A special type of rhinoplasty that I perform in my New York City private practice is called Alar Base Reduction. This is a surgical technique for narrowing a wide nose and reducing the flare of the nostrils.
When planning an alar base reduction procedure, I perform a detailed physical examination, look inside and outside your nose, and take preoperative photographs that are precisely measured in order to account for a number of factors:
- the shape of your nose
- the flare of your nostrils at rest and while moving
- the proportion of your nose as compared to the space between your eyes (the distance between the medial canthii)
- the overall harmony of your facial features
- the strength of your nasal cartilages
- the thickness of your nasal skin
- your cultural or ethnic background
- and most importantly, your desires for how you will look after surgery
Alar base reduction is done to make the nose appear more refined, defined, and narrow at its base. Alar base reduction (sometimes called Weir excision rhinoplasty or Weir excisions) is a short procedure that can be done in 30-60 minutes, with local anesthesia only, while you are awake and pain-free. All incisions are planned to be hidden and camouflaged.
After alar base reduction rhinoplasty, you will be able to return to work or school the next day. Many people choose to take a week off if they want to keep their surgery from their friends and colleagues, but this is not required from a pain or medical standpoint. You will use ice for comfort and swelling in the first few days following surgery, and you may take Tylenol for pain. Approximately one week after surgery, your stitches will be removed.
If you are interested in Weir excisions or surgery to make your nose narrower, please do not hesitate to reach out to my practice via email (info@LaraDevganMD.com) or phone (212-452-2400). We will help you set up an in-person consultation in order to plan the best approach to help you achieve your goals.