Bakersfield Alarplasty Surgeon for Nostril Reduction

For those dissatisfied with the specific nose shape, particularly the nostril size, and shape of the nostril wall or alar base, an alar base reduction surgery may help you achieve the facial balance you’re seeking. At Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute in Bakersfield, Orange County, and Newport Beach, we offer alarplasty, or alar base reduction surgery, a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce nostril size and refine the appearance of the alar base of the nose. Bakersfield facial plastic surgeon Dr. Daneshmand is dedicated to providing top-notch care and helping you achieve the specific nose shape you desire. To schedule your nostril reduction surgery, call Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute today at 949-359-8397.

What is Nose Alar?

Before delving into alar base reduction surgery for the alar base of the nose, it’s essential to understand the alar base. The alar base, or nostril base, refers to the area at the base of the nostrils, forming the outer edges of the nasal wings to the nasal tip.

What is Alarplasty?

Alarplasty, also known as alar base reduction surgery, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at altering the nostril size and shape of the alar base to achieve facial balance. This nostril surgery technique is a relatively simple procedure that can address concerns related to wide nostrils, flaring nostrils, or asymmetry in the alar base. By carefully modifying the alar base, an experienced facial plastic surgeon with a complete understanding of nostril reduction techniques can create a nose that complements the patient’s other facial features, resulting in enhanced facial harmony from a standalone procedure.
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Who is a Good Candidate for an Alarplasty?

Not everyone is a good candidate for nostril reduction surgery. While results vary widely, a good candidate for alar base reduction surgery is someone who:

  • Desires Cosmetic Improvement: Those with a broad alar base or want to change wide nostrils.
  • Has Good Physical Health: Those with no previous health conditions and no known allergies to local anesthesia that could complicate surgery or recovery. Smokers are encouraged to stop smoking before rhinoplasty.
  • Has Realistic Expectations: Having realistic expectations for desired results of alarplasty is crucial.
  • Have a Stable Nasal Structure: Nostril reduction is not typically recommended for individuals with significant breathing issues or severe deformities.

Nostril Reduction Incision Techniques

Alarplasty involves careful incisions made at the base of the nostrils to access and modify the alar base. Different incision techniques can be used based on the patient’s individual needs and the expertise of the alarplasty surgeon. The three different incision techniques used in alarplasty include:

This technique involves removing a small, wedge-shaped piece at the base of the nostrils. This excision removes a portion of the alar base, reducing the appearance of wide nostrils. The incision is strategically placed to minimize scarring and maintain a natural appearance.

Incisions are made along the natural creases or “sills” where the nostrils meet the cheeks. The incision site being at the nasal sill allows for precise adjustments to the alar base while concealing scars.

Created by Robert Weir in 1892, this involves making incisions in the soft tissue where the nostrils meet the upper lip. This method is often used for individuals with concerns related to nostril flare. By removing a small section of tissue, the surgeon can reduce the flare and achieve a more balanced appearance.

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What Happens During Alar Base Reduction Surgery?

If you’ve never undergone any previous surgical procedures, you may be nervous about going under the knife for nostril surgery. You may be wondering: how is a nostril reduction performed? 

Before the nostril reduction procedure, you will have a thorough consultation with Dr. Daneshmand to discuss your goals, review your medical history, and plan the facial plastic surgery. Once you are deemed a suitable candidate for alarplasty, the surgery will begin with local anesthesia. You will be administered either a local anaesthetic with sedation or general anesthesia.

Next, Dr. Daneshmand will begin by making a small incision using one of the 3 aforementioned techniques in order to access the nostril base. He will carefully trim or adjust the alar base or nostril wall tissue, ensuring symmetry with other facial features. Finally, the incisions will be closed with suturing techniques to minimize scarring.

An alarplasty is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in about an hour. Most patients can go home the same day, accompanied by a friend or family member. You will receive detailed postoperative care instructions to follow at home, including medication for pain management, wound care, and follow-up appointments.

Alarplasty Recovery

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Nostril reduction surgery recovery is relatively short. Patients can expect to resume normal activities after one week to ten days, with a full recovery in just a few months post-surgery.

Immediate Post-Op: You may experience some swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort. Patients will be prescribed pain medication and cold compresses.

First Week: During the first week, it’s essential to rest and avoid strenuous activities.

Second Week: Most patients can return to work or other daily routines after the second week.

Long-Term Healing: Residual swelling will gradually subside, and the final result of your alarplasty will become apparent.

How Long Does Alarplasty Take to Heal

Nostril reduction surgery, or alarplasty, timeline for results vary widely. You’ll see some immediate changes in prominent nostrils or large nostrils immediately after the nostril reduction surgery.

However, you likely won’t see the full results until your nose has healed completely. Most nostril reduction surgery patients can expect to make a full recovery within 3 to 6 months post-surgery.

Benefits of a Nostril Reduction Rhinoplasty Procedure

Alarplasty offers numerous benefits to those seeking to enhance the appearance of their nose:

Improved Aesthetics: Alarplasty can significantly enhance the aesthetics of the nose by addressing prominent nostrils, flaring nostrils, or asymmetry in the alar base.

Minimal Scarring: The incisions made during alarplasty are strategically placed to minimize scarring and ensure a natural look.

Quick Recovery: The relatively short recovery period allows patients to return to their normal activities relatively quickly.

Boosted Self-Confidence: Reducing large nostrils and achieving a more balanced facial appearance can boost self-esteem and confidence.

Risks and Complications of a Nostril Reduction Procedure

Like any surgical procedure, alar base reduction carries some possible complications and risks, although they are relatively rare. These may include:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Asymmetry
  • Unsatisfactory Results

Picking an experienced facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Daneshmand, can help patients avoid many of these risks and achieve desired results from their alar base reduction. Still, it’s essential to discuss these potential risks with Dr. Daneshmand during your consultation to ensure the final result is what you want.

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How Much Does Alarplasty Cost

Nostril reduction cost varies depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, geographic location, the complexity of the procedure, and any additional treatments or facilities used. Generally, this ranges from $2,000 to $7,000.

Our Bakersfield facial plastic surgeon offers competitive pricing for alarplasty procedures in Orange County and Bakersfield, CA. During your consultation, you will receive a personalized quote tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Other Nose Surgery and Treatments Offered

At Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute in Orange County and Bakersfield, CA, we understand that each patient has unique aesthetic goals and concerns related to their nose. Alongside nostril reduction surgery, we offer a comprehensive range of other nose surgeries to cater to a diverse array of needs.

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For patients seeking nose enhancement without rhinoplasty surgery, our Orange County non-surgical nose job offers a viable option. This procedure involves the use of dermal fillers to reshape and contour the nose, addressing concerns such as minor humps, irregularities, or asymmetry. 

Non-surgical nose jobs at our Orange County Med Spa can provide immediate results with minimal downtime, making them an attractive choice for those looking for temporary improvements without the commitment of surgery.

A rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as the classic “nose job,” is a transformative procedure designed to enhance the overall appearance and function of the nose. Whether you wish to correct a nasal hump, refine the nasal tip, reduce the size of your nose, or address breathing issues, Dr. Daneshmand can tailor an Orange County rhinoplasty procedure to suit your unique goals. 

Fixing the results of previous cosmetic surgeries, especially a previous rhinoplasty, is an art in and of itself; it requires a very skilled facial plastic surgeon.

Orange County revision rhinoplasty is a specialized rhinoplasty performed to correct or refine the results of previous cosmetic surgeries. Fixing the results of a previous rhinoplasty requires a high level of expertise, as the plastic surgeon must work with existing scar tissue and altered nasal structures for this nose surgery. 

An Orange County deviated septum procedure, referred to as a septoplasty, is designed to correct a deviated septum, the thin cartilage and bone that separates where the nostril meets the inside. Our surgeons perform septoplasty to improve nasal airflow and alleviate breathing problems, resulting in enhanced overall well-being.

Nostril Reduction Surgery in Bakersfield, CA

Whether you’re interested in alarplasty, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, septoplasty, or a non-surgical nose job, Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute is dedicated to helping you achieve the nose shape and function you desire. Under the leadership of Dr. Daneshmand, our team is committed to providing the highest quality facial plastic surgery that can help you achieve the look you desire.

Contact us today at 949-359-8397 to schedule a consultation and embark on your journey to a more aesthetically pleasing nose.