Alar Base Reduction

Rhinoplasty is the most common and popular of nose jobs present in the world. If you are born with a nose that is not suitable to your facial features or if you had any injury or deformity during the course of your life which has changed the shape of your nose then Rhinoplasty is what you should seek.

One of the popular procedures of Rhinoplasty is Alar Base reductions procedures. Alar base reduction is a process in which the width of the base of the nostrils is reduced to give the nose a narrow and proportionate look. Nasal width reduction plays and important role in giving balance to other facial features too. The width of the nose is measured in terms of the width of the bridge and width of the tip and the width of the nostrils.

Ideally, the nostrils should be wide enough to fit between the inner corners of both eyes. However, this is just one parameter. The ideal nose shape and size will depend on many factors such as other facial features, ethnicity and patient’s expectations.

Alar Base Reduction Consultation

The first step to alar base reduction begins with you deciding that you need some base reduction. The next step is to find the best surgeon and book an appointment. At the appointment at the surgeon’s office he or she will discuss in detail about what your expectations are and examine the following to determine if you are a suitable candidate of alar base reduction rhinoplasty

  • The existing shape of the nose
  • The flare of the nostrils when they are at rest and then they are moving
  • The width of the nostrils in proportion with the space it between the eyes
  • Overall balance of the facial features
  • Nasal cartilages and their strength
  • Nasal skin thickness
  • Ethnic features

Your expectations will also have a lot of say in determining the amount of reduction to the nasal base.

The expert surgeon will be able to use computer imaging software to give you a clear indication of the type of nose you should expect after the surgery.

Alar Base Reduction Surgery Risks

Alar base reduction is trickier than standard Rhinoplasty procedures. If done under the hands of an inexperienced surgeon, it can cause many problems such as teardrop shape deformity, dissymmetry of the nasal base, very narrow nostril opening, and triangular looking tip.

Surgery Procedure and Details

Alar base reduction surgery take up to an hour to perform and you will be sore some time post the surgery therefore make sure that you take the day off from work on the day of your surgery to rest.

There are mainly three techniques that are used in alar base reduction. They can be used in combination or exclusion of other Rhinoplasty surgeries depending on changes that are desired. The most common technique is the Weir incision which is used for correcting the flared ala for the front appearance of the wide base. Wedge excision technique is used to preserve the natural curve of the base of the nose i.e. it is used to correct the excessive flare of the nasal sill. The third technique is the V-Y advanced which is used in conditions which only the lateral insertion of the ala is responsible for the wide nasal width.

The surgery will begin with the team administrating anaesthesia to you. This process is done under local anaesthesia. Alar base reduction is also known as Weir Excision Rhinoplasty and in this process the surgeon will reduce your nostril size by cutting a wedge off from the lower portion and at the same time retaining the shape of the nostril. Once he or she is satisfied the sutures are placed to finish the work. It is fairly painless procedure.

There is some scarring from the surgery but latest techniques have insured that the scarring is minimal and that too dissolvable stiches are used which hardly leave behind any mark.

The results of Alar base reduction will be visible within twenty four hours and there will be no restrictions in your breathing or any other functional problems with your nose after the surgery.

Cost of Alarplasty Surgery in India

Alarplasty is a form of rhinoplasty surgery in India which is done to reshape the nose and enhance its appearance by changing the shape of nostrils or the alae or reducing the width of the nose. This is a minor procedure and costs less than traditional rhinoplasty. Alarplasty is also called alar base reduction and does not make changes to the nasal bridge or the nasal tip. Correctly done the Alarplasty can dramatically alter the appearance of the nose shape.

Alar base reduction Alarplasty cost in India varies depending on many factors such as the location of the clinic, the experience and reputation of the surgeon, and the complexity of the procedure. In metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore, the cost of Alarplasty may be higher due to the higher cost of living and overhead expenses. On the other hand, smaller cities and towns may offer Alarplasty at a more affordable price.

It is important to note that the cost of Alarplasty in India may not include additional fees such as consultation fees, anaesthesia fees, and hospitalization fees. Patients should also factor in the cost of any pre-operative tests, medications, and post-operative follow-up appointments.

Although Alarplasty may seem like a cheaper alternative to rhinoplasty, it is important to consult with a plastic surgeon to determine if Alarplasty is the best option for achieving the desired results. In some cases, a more comprehensive rhinoplasty procedure may be required, which can increase the cost significantly. Alarplasty is typically not covered by health insurance. Patients should consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if Alarplasty is the right choice for achieving their aesthetic goals. When calculating Alarplasty cost in India also factor in the time taken to recover because you might have to take leave from work.

Before and After Photos of Alar Base Reduction

Before and After Photos of Alar Base Reduction

Frequently Asked Questions for Alar Base Reduction –

Question 1: Is Alar Base Reduction Painful?

Alarplasty recovery is quick, and there is hardly any pain. As a result, one of the most famous nose surgery operations is nostril reduction.

Question 2: What are the Risks of Alarplasty?

Alarplasty complications could result in breathing issues, bruising, bleeding, asymmetry, numbness, scarring, and swelling.

Question 3: What is the Recovery Time for Rhinoplasty?

An alarplasty typically requires 1-2 weeks for recovery. Most of the bruising and swelling will disappear over that period. You can resume your regular activities within 24 to 48 hours following surgery.

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Dr. Debraj Shome- Facial Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai, India

Dr. Debraj Shome – Founder, The Esthetic Clinics, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the best Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Nanavati Hospital & Apollo Spectra Hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in the best international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as “Best Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Best Plastic Surgeon in India”, Best Cosmetic Surgeon in India”, “Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Breakthrough Innovator in Facial Plastic Surgery” etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life….Read more

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