Rhinoplasty with Alar Base Reductions: Are they Reversible?

Written by Frank P. Fechner, MD

Alar base reduction is a procedure to narrow the nostrils. When performed, it ususally is done in conjunction with rhinoplasty. Sometimes, patients may wonder, if over-corrected narrowing can be repaired.

When planning alar base reductions, both patient and plastic surgeon should consider it irreversible!

Although creative creative reconstructive procedures can be considered by a rhinoplasty surgeon if the nostril narrowing was undesirable. Unfortunately, these revision surgeries routinely do not look very good, even in the best hands.

Therefore, Dr. Fechner carefully decides if alar base reductions are necessary. If they are performed, conservatism and exact execution of the procedure are of utmost importance.