Cosmetic changes through rhinoplasty for Asian patients often begin with the bridge of the nose. But some Asian patients considering rhinoplasty may be perfectly pleased with their noses up top and at the tip. Their issue, instead, is with how their nostrils flare.
The typical concern is nostrils flaring outward in a way that looks exaggerated to the rest of the nose, and makes the nose appear uncomfortably wide across the face.
Some patients see uneven, or asymmetrical, flaring that may give an unbalanced appearance to the face.
Rhinoplasty can effectively reduce nostril flare. Through a technique called “alar reduction,” nostrils can be reshaped with rhinoplasty to correct a large or flared appearance.
Think of an alar as a wing or a rim: It’s the flexible, curving area around each nostril. What alar reduction does is trim the width of the wings. This is done with incisions at the alar base, where the lateral segments of the lower nose connect to the face. Skin and tissue are gently removed at the base incisions to literally draw in the entire alar structure toward the nostril.
In short, the surgeon is lessening the space between the nostril and the nose’s outer edge — and in the process, taming nostril flare. The result is a more centered, proportioned nose that harmonizes more attractively with the entire face.
It’s worth noting that no single area of the nose, or the face, exists in isolation. Changes to one feature affect the appearance of others. Often a patient focused on one single feature will, on consulting with an experienced and observant surgeon, learn that enhancement of that particular area calls for work elsewhere.
Accordingly, rhinoplasty for Asian noses is often comprised of more than one refinement or alteration. Alar reduction may be performed in conjunction with other procedures including:
• Augmenting the dorsum to build up a flat or convex nasal bridge
• Lengthening of the nose to address a short appearance
• Refine the nasal tip or improving tip projection
How Ethnic Rhinoplasty Has Changed
In the past, ethnic rhinoplasty often sought to create a more “Western” appearance in the ethnic nose.
Today, however, ethnic rhinoplasty aims to create a more refined nose that enhances the individual’s features while still retaining the sense of ethnicity. Dr. Paul Nassif is a renowned facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty expert with extensive experience in Asian Rhinoplasty.
There are a number of ways Dr. Nassif can surgically change the shape of the nose to achieve a patient’s desired aesthetic preferences. To discuss the possibilities of Asian rhinoplasty, contact us to schedule a doctor-patient consultation at Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills, CA, office by calling (310) 275-2467. If a potential patient lives out of town, the doctor can be reached toll free at (888) 385-0066. Non-local clients may also consider their surgical options with Dr. Nassif through a Skype meeting or Virtual Consultation.