Nose Trim (Alar Plasty)
The nose is best evaluated and divided into 3 regions. These are the bridge, nasal tip area and alar rim-base area. The alar area of the nose is often called as the alar lobule. Alar rim thickness, contour and width often affect the character of the nose and the face as a whole. For patients that would have thick, overhanging and wide alar rim and/or alar base, often would have a strong and masculine nasal profile. This is commonly seen among Orientals and Asians.
What is Alarplasty?
Alar trimming or alar plasty is a powerful procedure in that it changes the nasal shape and influences facial character. By altering the shape and contour of the alar rim and base area, the nose and the face as whole, becomes less masculine and facial harmony between structures is attained.
Alar reshaping is usually performed under local anesthesia and surgery will take 1 to 2 hours to complete. Some patients prefer to be sedated during surgery for better comfort and to lessen their anxiety. If patient would have the procedure under sedation, an anesthesiologist will be required and pre operative laboratory test is requested. Alar surgery is a safe and straight-forward procedure, provided that patients should be adequately prepared before surgery. After the surgery, your nose will be swollen and may have some bruising. This will peak on the 3rd day and start to subside on the 4th day onwards. On the average, your nose will be socially presentable by the 7th day after surgery since most of the swelling had subside. Sutures are removed on the 5 and 7th day after surgery.