Because Dr. Cory Torgerson operates his private surgery centre in the heart of Toronto, he has vast experience operating on a variety of racial groups that all have distinct facial characteristics. Although there is no right or wrong measurement for nose width, many people who live here desire to have a more balanced-looking nose that still honours their ethnic background. Dr. Torgerson’s goal is to proportion it with other facial features to create balance and ensure that the nose is not prominent.
A simple method to measure optimal nose width is to use the position of the eyes as a gauge. By drawing two imaginary vertical lines from the inside border of the eye down to the bottom of the nose, the distance between the lines should be equal to the width of the nose.
Alar base reduction is performed by making a small incision on the inside of the nostril and cutting out a wedge of skin. This often addresses a large nasal tip at the same time to create a softer look that blends nicely with the new nostril size. It is interesting to note that one in five rhinoplasty procedures require narrowing of the nostrils. Alar base reduction is more common in facial cosmetic surgery than most people expect.