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Alar Base Reduction

The ala is the wing of the nose and it can be too bulky, broadening the appearance of the nose from the front. Tilting the nose tip upwards and setting the nose tip back will aggravate this problem but narrowing the nasal skeleton will improve it. Thus, in a traditional rhinoplasty, there are two opposing factors and it is often best to wait for six months after surgery to see which factor predominates. The secondary surgery, alar base reductions and/or nostril sill reductions, may be done if the nose appears too wide from the front or the alas appear too bulky when viewed from the side. An external scar will be produced in the crease where the ala joins the cheek and lip. Basal view of nose showing scar after alar base and sill reduction

Pre-op full face view

Pre-op photo of a patient with a broad nose

Pre-op basal view

Pre-op basal view of the broad nose

Post-op full face view

6 days post-op facial view after alar base and sill reduction

Post-op basal view

6 days post-op basal view after alar base and sill reduction

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