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One of the nose traits that can impact the overall appearance of the face are pronounced nostrils. Flaring nostrils or a wide nose (alar) base can be visually overpowering and detract from the other facial features. Dr. Stefan Shuaib at Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery Center offers nostril reduction surgery to create a more balanced nose appearance at our clinic in Irving, TX.

Nostril or alar base reduction is a type of rhinoplasty or cosmetic nose reshaping. When the nostrils or bottom of the nose are wide, it can change the harmony of the facial features. The ideal width of the nose depends on the individual and their other facial features, but the standard is to not extend farther than directly below the inside corner of each eye. The symmetry of all the facial features is desirable for an attractive face.

Dr. Stefan Shuaib is a top facial plastic surgeon with a double board certification in Facial Plastic Surgery and in Head and Neck Surgery, and years of experience. He specializes in all types of rhinoplasty procedures, including reducing the alar base. His eye for detail and exceptional techniques have created beautiful, natural-appearing results for his patients. The methods he uses help reduce bruising and recovery time for patients include not using nasal packing for his rhinoplasty procedures.

Alar Base Reduction

To reduce the nostril size and width of the lower nose, a small incision is made in the crease along the nostril between the nose and cheek – the alar base. A small sliver of cartilage is removed, and the nostril is reshaped to the ideal proportions. The incisions and scars blend into the nasal crease and are almost invisible once healed. For rhinoplasty with only a nostril reduction, the procedure can be performed in about an hour and recovery can be shorter than a more comprehensive nose job surgery.

If you are unhappy with the width of your nose or size of your nostrils, rhinoplasty can be the solution. To learn more about alar base and nostril reduction surgery, contact us at Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery Center. We can book your appointment to meet with Dr. Shuaib at our Irving, TX, location.

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