Ala is the medical word for the sides of the nostrils and alarplasty is the reduction of nostrils. In some patients the nostrils can be wide or prominent. This appearance can be exaggerated on smiling.
The alarplasty treatment involves some of the excess tissue from the sides of the nostrils where they attach on the cheek. This allows the scar to be well hidden.
It is a quick procedure but has to be done in a very conservative and precise manner. Removing too much nostril tissue can be devastating for nasal breathing and the aesthetic appearance. Some suture techniques have been described that cinch the sides towards the center, thus narrowing the nostrils.
My Approach: For alarplasty, I like to take out a triangular wedge from the side of the nostrils and leave a 1mm area of the nasal groove skin untouched. This allows preservation of the natural nose and cheek groove (alar groove) and helps camouflage the incision.
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