Alar base reduction refers reducing the width of the alar, or base, of the nose. It is often, but not always, combined with rhinoplasty surgery or augmentation rhinoplasty. A small incision is place at the base of each nostril, and wedge of tissue is excised. The natural continuity of the nasal is still preserved, and the nose appears smaller and more narrow. Alar base reduction typically takes about an hour to perform and patients can return home the same day. View before and after photos of alar base reduction.
This Alar base reduction video will help explains the pros and cons of the procedure.
Are you a good candidate
Alar base reduction surgery in Vancouver is most commonly performed on people aged 18 years of age and older who are bothered by the size and shape of their nostrils.
Time off work
Most people who work in the public eye take one week off work
People who work from home are typically feeling good and are able to be back at their desks one or two days after surgery
Back to normal activities
You can resume normal activities, such as light household work and taking a gentle stroll, the day after surgery
You can resume light fitness activities, such as jogging or yoga, one week after surgery
You can resume vigorous fitness activities, such heavy weight training or high impact cardio, two weeks after surgery
You should avoid bending over and lifting heavy objects for two weeks after surgery
Most people are feeling quite comfortable being out in public without much evidence of swelling or bruising two weeks after surgery