Can a Rhinoplasty Make Your Nostrils Smaller?

For many people who seek out a rhinoplasty, their noses are a point of self-consciousness. And while many people who want to alter their nasal shapes know that a rhinoplasty commonly called a “nose job”) can straighten out a nasal bridge or reduce the size of their nose, not everyone knows that a rhinoplasty also can involve creating smaller nostrils.

The issue of large nostrils may seem trivial, but particularly if you are having surgery to reduce the size of your nose, it may be necessary to reduce nostril size in order to maintain overall proportion. And for those with disproportionately large nostrils, nostril reduction may improve their general nasal symmetry.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nostril Reduction?

Anyone who is in good general health but is dissatisfied with their nostril shape is typically a good candidate for nostril reduction. In particular, if you are already planning on undergoing a rhinoplasty, then nostril reduction may be a convenient add-on to the procedure. While it may still involve some extra cost on top of the cost of a rhinoplasty, having it done at the same time is still less expensive than having two separate surgeries.

Of course, in some cases, you may be perfectly fine with the size and shape of your nose, but you may still want your nostril size reduced. This surgery is often less involved than a full rhinoplasty, as it does not typically involve manipulation of cartilage or bone.

Of course, if you are considering nostril reduction, be sure to discuss your plans and goals for the surgery with a qualified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to go over your expectations with you and help determine whether a nostril reduction will help change your appearance in the way that you want it to. In the next section, we’ll go over how this surgery is performed.

How is Nostril Reduction Performed?

While a rhinoplasty itself is usually more involved, a nostril reduction tends to be more simple. There are a few ways to do the surgery, but generally speaking, it is done with a tiny incision at the base of each nostril. By removing some of the skin, your surgeon is able to effectively change the size of both nostrils.

The placement of these incisions is often carefully considered. Many surgeons create the incisions on the inside of the nostril, since this virtually eliminates visible scarring. However, because incisions on the inside of the nose may be harder to keep clean and dry, infection becomes somewhat more likely.

Removing a section of skin from an incision on the inside of the nostril is known as a Weir incision. No two Weir incisions are alike. Depending on your goals for the surgery and the surgeon’s design choice, a Weir incision can change the size and shape of the nostril.

If you want a preview of your final result, be sure to ask your surgeon about visualization techniques. Many plastic surgery offices offer pre-surgery digital visualizations.This technology takes a photo of you and creates an approximation of the surgery results, allowing you and your surgeon to work collaboratively to create your ideal surgical outcome.

What Other Considerations Are Involved in a Nostril Reduction?

Humans often see symmetry as a sign of beauty, and while many nostrils are symmetrical, a very obvious asymmetry may need surgical correction. If asymmetry and nostril shape are both considerations, a cartilage graft may help to create an improved nostril contour. Because a cartilage graft is a more extensive procedure than a Weir incision, it will likely require longer healing time.

While the cartilage graft is a much more involved procedure, there is an intermediate procedure that can offer another solution. In cases where one nostril is much smaller than the other, a skin graft may be needed to improve symmetry. Skin grafting involves removing skin from one area of the body and adding it to another area, so it will involve some additional healing. In order to make healing time as short as possible, be sure to adhere to your surgeon’s aftercare instructions.

How Long Does Healing Take?

As with most cosmetic procedures, nostril reduction is an individualized procedure, and healing times will vary significantly depending on the type of incisions used, as well as on the extent of the rest of the rhinoplasty. Other factors, including age, can impact healing times as well. In order to determine about how long your individual healing time will be, be sure to ask your surgeon.

Ready to Get Started?

Whether you have decided you will definitely pursue nostril reduction or if you are just considering it as a maybe, an important step is finding a reputable surgeon. Since plastic surgery is much like art, looking through before and after pictures offered by different practices will help give you an idea of whether a given surgeon’s style is a good fit for you.

The next step for those interested in this procedure is to schedule a consult. In a consult, you have an opportunity to explain your goals for your surgery, and your surgeon can work with you to develop a surgical plan. At your consult or slightly after, you will be given a quote for your surgery. This will help you decide whether you want to move forward with the procedure.

If you are near the Los Angeles area, you may want to consider Dr. Andrew Frankel, who is a world-renowned plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty. In particular, Dr. Frankel’s focus is on both revision rhinoplasty and original rhinoplasty, making him a good choice for both those seeking a first-time surgery and those hoping to improve upon the results of a previous surgery. Dr. Frankel has authored numerous publications in the field, and he also has participated in multiple FDA trials. If you want to schedule a consultation, view before and after photos, or simply learn more about Dr. Frankel and his practice, visit rhinoplastyrevisions.com today.

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