Alarplasty is another surgery involving the nose, but it’s not as commonly known. There are very distinct differences between alarplasty and rhinoplasty that few people understand. Generally speaking, rhinoplasty is a general term referring to any surgery which alters the appearance of the nose whereas alarplasty is a specific surgical technique designed to address a specific problem with the nose, namely overly wide nostrils.
The alar is the section on your nose where the nostrils become rounded from the tip and extending toward the cheek. Alarplasty addresses this specific area. Unlike a rhinoplasty that can change the appearance of your entire nose, alarplasty only changes the width of the nostrils.
During Alarplasty, our Plastic Surgeon administers local anesthesia and sedation to make an incision either on the inside of the nose in the alar region. Next, the surgeon removes a specific amount of tissue. Once this tissue is removed, the incision is sutured. This narrows the span of wide nostrils. Bone and cartilage are not touched with an alarplasty. However, if you choose to include Rhinoplasty or Tip Plasty with Cartilage, these procedures can be done at the same time to achieve a sharper looking nose shape.
The doctor will be able to assess your face shape, width proportions and size of your nose. He can advise what can be done to achieve on your desired look. As our Plastic Surgeon is Korea trained, we have a vast portfolio of asian patients seeking a sharper look. He received many good compliments for his surgery techniques on face enhancement. You may use the pictures as reference when you come by our clinic.
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