Alar Base Reduction Rhinoplasty

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This particular type of rhinoplasty addresses the width, or base, of the nose if it is out of proportion with other facial features.  It can also reduce the size and shape of nostrils if they are asymmetrical.  There are certain ethnic groups that inquire about alar base reduction more frequently than others.

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.

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Alar Base Reduction Rhinoplasty

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If you feel that your nostrils are too big and the base of your nose too wide, booking a consultation with Dr. Torgerson is the best place to start when investigating your options.  He was the first facial plastic surgeon in Canada to incorporate the 3D Vectra imaging system into his practice.  This state-of-the-art technology allows you to choose the nose that will blend perfectly with your other facial features.  In collaboration with Dr. Torgerson, you will be able to literally design your new nose and see what you will look like post-operatively.  In the consultation, you will also have the opportunity to view before and after photos of previous patients with the same ethnic background, so that you can see the difference that this type of rhinoplasty can make for you.

It is important to choose a rhinoplasty expert to perform the alar base reduction.  Dr. Torgerson has received his certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in not only facial cosmetic surgery, but in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology) as well.  His creative eye and his experience operating on all nationalities make him your best choice for an alar base reduction rhinoplasty.

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