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Alarplasty Sydney - Nostril Reduction Surgery NSW

Alarplasty aims to lessen the appearance of nasal flare

and address concerns associated with a wide nose or flared nostrils

Alarplasty or alar base reduction surgery is a rhinoplasty that aims to 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 Specialist Plastic Surgeon performing alarplasty in Sydney and Wollongong NSW.

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What is Alarplasty ?

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

Often, symmetry of the face depends on the shape of your nose. Alarplasty is a surgical treatment aimed at addressing 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. This technique can be either done as a stand-alone procedure or as part of a full rhinoplasty.

Dr Hunt performs Rhinoplasty regularly in Sydney. Because nose surgery and Alarplasty are such complex procedures, always select an experienced plastic surgeon.

Why Patients Might Consider Alarplasty

There are a number of reasons why patients might seek out Alarplasty surgery. Some common reasons include:

  • Alarplasty can address 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 may give both your nose and face a more 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 is generally less invasive 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

before and after rhinoplasty procedure - patient 014 - front view

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

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. Alarplasty may also be appropriate for patients who have suffered a traumatic facial injury.

You may be a suitable candidate for an alarplasty if:

  • You would like to adjust the appearance of your nostrils
  • The size and form of one of your nostrils is different from the other – nasal asymmetry
  • Your nostrils appear 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 considered by Dr Hunt during a comprehensive consultation.

How is Alarplasty performed?

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 outcome and expected 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
  • An alarplasty scar is usually hidden in the crease of the nose
  • 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 small 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
  • 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 optimal results from your alar base reduction surgery. Keeping a proper skincare routine is also important

Choosing an Alarplasty surgeon in Sydney

It’s incredibly important to do your homework before selecting your surgeon. All surgical procedures require important decision making and Alarplasty is no exception. Before proceeding with the surgery, search the internet, look at before and after nose images, schedule a consultation, and make sure you’re very comfortable with the surgeon.

You can discuss your intended outcomes with your surgeon during your consultation 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

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Rhinoplasty Guide

The rhinoplasty guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider these procedures.

Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of surgery what makes a suitable candidate, pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from patients.

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

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.

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.

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Prepare for your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information.
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided.
  • Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress.
  • Bring your GP Referral and your test results.

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FAQs for Alarplasty Surgery

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

Alarplasty is a common treatment 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.

Does Alarplasty last a lifetime?

Nostril reduction surgery is considered permanent, even though it is slightly sensitive to natural ageing.

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.

What are Risks and Complications of Alarplasty Surgery

All Surgery has risks and Dr Hunt will explain them at the consultation. Alarplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery. 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.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. 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.

Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.

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