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Wide or flared nostrils are a common complaint among patients seeking rhinoplasty. Often, this is their only complaint about the shape of their nose. When the nostrils are too large or the base of the nose is wide, it can create a nose and face that seem imbalanced. Nostril reduction surgery and alar base reduction are nose surgery options we offer at LM Medical NYC in Greenwich Village and the Upper East Side.

Large or flared nostrils are usually genetic, and often an ethnic trait. The nostrils can appear even larger when the person laughs, smiles or expresses emotion. Nostril reduction surgery can be performed without completing a complete nose job. Small, discreet incisions can be made at the base of the nose to adjust the size and shape of the nostrils. The procedure can result in smaller, narrower nostrils that look more refined, while the rest of the nose is left untouched.

Alar Base Reduction Surgery

The alar base is the triangular portion of the nose where the nostrils meet the upper lip and cheek. When the alar base is wide, it can seem disproportionate to the rest of the nose, or the nose may seem out of balance with the mouth and other facial features. An alar base reduction surgery adjusts the width of the bottom portion of the nose. Small incisions can be placed at the crease alongside the nose at the cheek and in the nostril to adjust the alar base. The result can improve nasal symmetry, reduce nostril size and achieve better facial harmony.

Dr. Lesley Rabach is a top double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and cosmetic nose surgery. If you are interested in nostril or alar base reduction surgery, contact us at LM Medical NYC in Manhattan to schedule your consultation with top facial surgeon Dr. Lesley.

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