One of the most aesthetically important parts of the nose is its width at the base. It can be distracting and overpowering for your other facial features if your nose that is too wide for your face, or if your nostrils are disproportionately large compared to the bony structure of your nose.
How do you know if your nose is too wide for your face?
According to ideal facial proportions, your nose should be approximately as wide as each eye, and no wider than the space between the eyes. When the face is divided into fifths vertically, as above, the ideal aesthetic relationship becomes clear.
Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to facial features. Nasal width reflects heritage and ethnicity as well, and some people prefer a nose that is either wider or narrower than the above diagram indicates. Your nose is too wide for your face only if you feel that it is too wide.
What can be done for a wide nose or wide nostrils?
A traditional rhinoplasty takes apart and rebuilds the nose completely, but if your only concern is a wide base of your nose, you might be a candidate for a smaller procedure called an "alar base reduction rhinoplasty" or "Weir excision rhinoplasty."
An alar base reduction rhinoplasty narrows your nose in a short operation that takes under an hour. This operation can be done with local anesthesia only, meaning that it is a painless and awake procedure. Not only does eliminate the risks of sedation and general anesthesia, but it also means that you are able to return to your normal life (including work and school) the next day.
The incisions for an alar base reduction rhinoplasty are tiny and hidden in the crease between your nose and your cheeks. When stitches are removed one week after surgery and healing becomes more complete, they are barely noticeable-- even in people with dark complexions.
What is the next step?
If you are interested in nose reshaping surgery, including alar base reduction rhinoplasty, please email info@LaraDevganMD.com or call (212) 452-2400 to set up a consultation appointment.