For those looking to change the shape of their nostrils, or make wide nostrils more narrow, an alarplasty is the way to go. Other reasons to opt for this procedure include fixing uneven nostrils to make them more symmetrical. The ala referred to in alarplasty are the rounded part of the nostrils, starting from where they begin to round and ending where they meet the cheek.
Why an Alarplasty?
Alarplasties are ideal for those who wish to change the look of their nostril area. Reasons to get it include having either wide nostrils, flared nostrils, or pinched (overly narrow) nostrils. They can reduce the size of your nostrils, enlarge them, or change the angle at which they come out.
During an alarplasty procedure, you will most likely receive local anesthetic, unless you’re having other procedures along with it. The incisions made to remove and rearrange skin will be positioned so that they are within the natural creases of the nose and not visible. This procedure alone is a much less involved procedure than that of a rhinoplasty.
Is an alarplasty permanent?
Alarplasty procedures are long-lasting and are considered permanent. However, due to the natural aging process, the shape of the nose and nostrils may change. However, it takes many years for age-related changes in the nose to become noticeable, and for many patients, the shape of their nostrils doesn’t change drastically.
If you’re considering an alarplasty, Dr. Behrooz Torkian has extensive experience this procedure. Learn more and book an appointment here.