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Alar Base Reduction Rhinoplasty

This particular type of rhinoplasty addresses the width, or base of the nose if it’s out of proportion with other facial features.

It can also reduce the size and shape of nostrils if they’re asymmetrical. There are certain ethnic groups that inquire about alar base reduction more frequently than others due to natural nose characteristics.

Dr. Torgerson’s goal is to proportion your nose with other facial features to create balance and ensure the nose isn’t overly prominent

Alar Base Reduction Can Create Nose Harmony With Facial Features

Because Dr. Cory Torgerson operates his private surgery centre in the heart of Toronto, he has vast experience working with a variety of racial groups that all have distinct facial characteristics. Although there’s no right or wrong measurement for nose width, many people desire a more balanced-looking nose that still honours their ethnic background. Therefore, Dr. Torgerson’s goal is to alter nostril proportion to match other facial measurements naturally.

A simple method to measure optimal nose width uses 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 removing a small wedge of skin. A large nasal tip can be addressed at the same time to create a softer look that blends nicely with the new nostril size.

It’s 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 many people expect.

It’s essential to choose a rhinoplasty expert to perform alar base reduction

Design Your New Nose

If you feel 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 investigating your options. That’s because 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. Also, when you partner with Dr. Torgerson, you’ll be able to literally design your new nose and see what you’ll 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 you can see the difference this type of rhinoplasty might make for you.

It’s important to choose a rhinoplasty expert to perform alar base reduction. Dr. Torgerson 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 experience operating on all nationalities make him your best choice for an alar base reduction rhinoplasty.

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