Alarplasty Sydney - Nostril Reduction Surgery NSW

Alarplasty can help to lessen the appearance of nasal flare

and make your nose look more symmetrical if you are concerned about a wide nose or flared nostrils

Alarplasty or alar base reduction surgery is a nose job that can surgically alter the width of your nose and outer nostrils.

Your Alae are the fleshy sections of your nose that link your nostrils to your face. Depending on your natural facial shape, they can be larger or thinner, taller or shorter. Alarplasty removes a small piece of these alae, changing the width of your nose.

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a top Plastic Surgeon and alarplasty expert in Sydney and Wollongong NSW.

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What is Alarplasty ?

Alarplasty or Nostril Reduction Surgery is a procedure in which a tiny portion of skin from the wing of the nose is excised.

Usually, the balance of your face depends on the shape of your nose. The ideal nose is straight, with a fine round tip and nostrils that are appropriately sized in relation to the rest of the nose. However, not everyone is born with such a nose, especially those with wide & fleshy, or too small nostrils of various shapes and sizes. This is where Alarplasty can help. It is a surgical treatment for refining and restoring the symmetry of the nostrils.

Alarplasty, nostril reduction, alar trimming, and alar reduction surgery are some terms for this procedure. It is a cosmetic procedure that alters the breadth and shape of your nostrils. Certain ethnicities and people who desire to improve the aesthetics of their noses seek this operation. This technique can be either done as a stand-alone procedure or as part of a full rhinoplasty.

Dr Hunt is an expert Rhinoplasty Surgeon for nose reshaping treatments and nose revisions. If you feel your nostrils are affecting your facial appearance, Dr Hunt can help you achieve a well-balanced, natural-looking, and uplifted face. Because nose surgery and alarplasty is such a complex procedure always select an experienced plastic surgeons.


Benefits of Alarplasty

An Alarplasty Nostril Surgery has these benefits

  • Alarplasty can fix broad nostrils, flaring nostrils, and asymmetrical nostrils
  • It can help improve your breathing if you have an obstructed nasal passage (a septoplasty may also help)
  • It can boost your self-confidence by giving both your nose and face a symmetrical structure
  • Alarplasty can be used to create narrower nostrils, a more defined nose tip, or even as part of a revision rhinoplasty to fix a previous rhinoplasty
  • Alarplasty has the advantage of being a less invasive procedure than other nose surgeries
  • An alar reduction incision heals in a matter of weeks, as opposed to an open rhinoplasty treatment on the bridge of the nose or the complete nasal structure
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Are you a suitable candidate for Alarplasty?

You should be in good health condition to undergo an Alarplasty. If your nose is flared or your nostrils appear too open and prominent, you may be suitable for an alarplasty. If you have suffered a traumatic facial injury an alarplasty might also be a good option.

You may be a suitable candidate for an alarplasty if :

  • You are satisfied with the overall appearance of your face, except your nostrils
  • Your nostrils are either too wide or too narrow in comparison to the rest of your face
  • The size and form of one of your nostrils is different from the other – nasal asymmetry
  • Your nostrils appear too prominent when you smile
  • You are in good physical condition and do not smoke

If you’re a suitable candidate for this surgery, your exact nose shape, present or previous health concerns, and previous cosmetic procedures will be consdiered by Dr Hunt.

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How is Alarplasty done?

Dr Hunt will usually perform nose surgery like an alarplasty under general anaesthesia in a hospital. You may stay overnight if required.

  • First, Dr Hunt will go through the desired outcome and results with you in detail. He might also use a pen to draw a line around your nose so you can see the incision lines
  • Depending on Dr Hunt’s instructions, you’ll be put under general anaesthesia by the specialist anaesthetist
  • Dr Hunt will incise a small slit in your nose and remove the unwanted skin
  • The incision shape varies from patient to patient depending on the geometry of the nostrils and the desired aesthetic results
  • An alarplasty scar is usually hidden in the crease of the nose and is not detectable
  • Sutures will be used to strengthen the new form of the alar foundation after the incision is done
  • A bandage will be applied to your wound, and you will  be given pain medication as well as information on how to avoid infection
  • After the procedure, you’ll have to wear a bandage for several days

Recovery after Alarplasty

  • In the days following your alar reduction surgery, you might experience pain, bruising, and swelling. They will have reached their peak by day three and will start to fade. Minor bleeding from your incisional sites is also common, and it should go away in two to three days
  • Within a few days of the operation, you can resume your normal activities
  • If required, sutures that are not self-dissolvable will be removed after the first week of healing
  • The area where the cheek attaches to the nostril will have a little, hardly noticeable crease, but with proper scar care, the crease will diminish with time
  • The stitches are usually removed one week following surgery. It takes between one and three months to recover fully after alarplasty
  • Alarplasty is one of the most popular nose-reshaping operations since it offers quick recovery and has low discomfort levels
  • Unlike a full rhinoplasty operation, Alar reduction surgery does not entail bone contouring. This reduces the severity of your pain, bruising, and swelling and also the time it takes to heal completely. The average recovery time is around two weeks, with most patients returning to work one week after their surgery

Alarplasty Aftercare

  • You will need a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery and support you during your recovery
  • Prepare your recovery area in advance to make it more comfortable

It’s your responsibility to make the most of your alarplasty recovery once you’ve had your alar base reduction surgery.

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, for example, is one of the most effective strategies to speed up healing. . Completely avoiding nicotine or vaping products is critical. All of these things can help you recuperate faster and get the best results from your alar base reduction surgery. Keeping a proper skincare routine is also important

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How to find the best Alarplasty surgeon Sydney has to offer

It’s always a good idea to do some homework before selecting your surgeon. Before proceeding with the surgery, search the internet, read online patient reviews, look at before and after nose images, schedule a consultation, and make sure you’re very comfortable with the surgeon.

You should book an Alarplasty consultation with a plastic surgeon if you’re interested.

You can discuss your intended outcomes with your surgeon during this meeting. Prepare a list of the topics you are concerned about and want to discuss. Consider the following scenario:

  • Any medical issues, family history, or drugs you’re taking should be disclosed
  • Describe any past cosmetic operations you’ve had and when they were completed
  • Share some photos of nose shapes that you prefer
  • Inquire about the risks and adverse effects of surgery
  • Consider the possibility of scarring and scar minimisation techniques
  • The total costs of the surgery should be discussed

Alarplasty Surgery Cost Sydney - How much does Alarplasty surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of Alarplasty nostril reduction surgery is determined by various factors, including the plastic surgeon you choose, your nasal structure, the scope of the procedure, and more. An alarplasty is less expensive than a full nose job. Alarplasty surgery can cost around $7.000 to $18.000 in Sydney.

Is Alarplasty surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

Procedures performed for aesthetic purposes only are not covered by Medicare or health insurance. However, make sure to find out more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage for your nose surgery, an Alarplasty Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is getting Alarplasty Nostril Reduction Surgery worth it?

The past patient ratings on Realself Worth it Surgery show that 92% of patients undergoing nose procedures rate them as totally worth it.

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With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

Dr. Jeremy Hunt prides himself on providing some of the Best Nose Surgery Sydney has to offer.

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s leading specialist plastic surgeons. With over 20 years experience and thousands of happy patients, Dr Jeremy Hunt is the smart choice for your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


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FAQs for Alarplasty Surgery

When can I get Alarplasty, and how old do I have to be?


Alarplasty is one of the most popular treatments among both adults and teenagers. When your nose reaches adult size, it’s the perfect time to do it. This can happen as early as 14 years old for girls and 16 years old for boys. Parental consent and counselling is required before teen  surgery.

Will Alarplasty make a difference to my nose?


If you’re not content with the appearance of your nostrils and how it’s affecting your facial appearance and self-esteem, a nostril trimming operation is definitely worth it. This minor but life-changing procedure can make you look and feel more attractive, raising your self-esteem.

Does Alarplasty last a lifetime?


Nostril reduction surgery is considered permanent, even though it is slightly sensitive to natural ageing. Always choose an experienced surgeon to avoid revision nose surgery.

Is it possible to reverse Alar reduction?


Alar reduction surgery is a one-time procedure that cannot be undone. Revision surgery can be used to improve your nostril constriction if you are unhappy with it. However, you should be warned that severe scarring and incorrect nostril contouring may occur as a result of multiple revision procedures. Get surgery right the first time!

What are Risks and Complications of Alarplasty Surgery


All Surgery has risks and Dr Hunt will explain them at the consultation. Alarplasty is a simple yet effective cosmetic plastic surgery with only minor side effects. Aside from bruising, swelling, and minor bleeding, which are all-natural reactions to surgery, the following are the risks and complications of alar reduction surgery:

Infection: Any form of surgery carries the risk of infection, particularly if you don’t follow your plastic surgeon’s wound care guidelines and antibiotic prescription

Asymmetry of the nose: Even after complete healing, different-sized nostrils can be a problem of nose surgery

Scarring: Any scarring from an alarplasty operation should fade away quickly. It is critical to select an experienced plastic surgeon who has perfected his skills

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.