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        • Alarplasty

          Alar Trimming


          Alar Trimming, also known as alarplasty, is a common surgical procedure that adjusts the width and position of either nostril. Like most forms of rhinoplasty, it’s an out patient procedure, with surgery time usually taking less than an hour. It’s hardly invasive, and the results can be downright astounding depending on the patient. So, if you’re looking to shorten the width of your nostrils, or even reshape them, alar trimming is exactly what you’re looking for.


          Ideal candidates for Alar Trimming Surgery


          Most candidates for alarplasty have probably had image issues with their nose for quite some time. Alar trimming, unlike typical rhinoplasty, only has to do with the nostrils—making both the procedure and recovery time shorter. Anyone that’s looking to modify the shape and outline of their nose, with only an out patient procedure, should definitely consider alar trimming.


          Possible risks and complications


          Like any surgical procedure, there are risks to be weighed when it comes to alarplasty. Scarring can occur after the procedure, but it’s uncommon. Swelling, however, is almost always going to happen and is a normal part of the recovery process. As far as the final result goes, additional procedures can help the look of your nose if you’re not satisfied—and an alarplasty usually bears quite satisfactory results.


          The Procedure


          By cutting into and reshaping both nostrils, a surgeon can completely reshape the outline of the patient’s nose. The results are nothing less than dramatic, all while being an outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time, which can be sometimes hard to believe.


          The Recovery Process and Your New Look


          Recovery time for alarplasty will vary from patient to patient, but, as previously stated, it’s an out patient procedure. This means that recovery time only accounts for the slight swelling and bruising any patient will go through. For a full recovery, though, a month or two is to be expected—and everything the patient has to be careful with will be gone over with the doctor.