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Improve Facial Balance with Rhinoplasty for the Nostrils

By dustinheringer on December 07, 2018


A woman's face Commonly called a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is a procedure used to reshape the nose to improve facial balance and sometimes improve breathing.

Rhinoplasty surgery can be tailored to the unique needs and goals of each patient, allowing for the reshaping of isolated areas, such as the nostrils.

Dr. Dustin Heringer helps patients achieve their desired appearance with rhinoplasty for the nostrils at our practice in Scottsdale, AZ. If you are interested in rhinoplasty and would like more information, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heringer.

Rhinoplasty for the Nostrils Can Address Aesthetic Issues

Some people are unhappy with the appearance of their nostrils and may find that the size or shape of their nostrils affects the symmetry and aesthetics of the face. For those who wish to change the look of their nostrils, rhinoplasty can help.

Addressing cosmetic issues with the nostrils through rhinoplasty can help bring balance to the facial features and improve facial proportions.

There are a number of issues people may have with their nostrils that may be corrected with rhinoplasty. Some of the most common aesthetic issues include:

  • One nostril is larger than the other
  • The nostrils flare out more than the patient would like
  • The patient is unhappy with the width of his or her nostrils

Rhinoplasty for the Nostrils May Be Medically Necessary

Sometimes, rhinoplasty for the nostrils is medically necessary and not done for cosmetic reasons alone. This may be the case when the shape and size of the nostrils affect breathing.

For example, the nostrils may be too narrow or too wide. This is often accompanied by a wide and flat nasal tip, a combination of which may lead to breathing issues, like sleep apnea and snoring.

When the shape and size of the nostrils affect breathing, rhinoplasty may be deemed medically necessary.

How Is Rhinoplasty for the Nostrils Performed?

Rhinoplasty for the nostrils is less invasive than tradition rhinoplasty methods because it only involves the tissue of the nostrils. This also means recovery is typically shorter, and bruising, scarring, and swelling are significantly less than seen in rhinoplasty involving the bridge or dorsal section of the nose.

There are different techniques to reshape the nostril during rhinoplasty. The technique will vary depending on the desired outcome of surgery.

  • Weir technique: The weir technique, also called a wedge excision, involves the removal of a small wedge of skin from the outside or inside of the nostril. Scars are hidden within the natural crease where the nostrils meet the cheeks.
  • Sill technique: With the sill technique, excess skin is removed by cutting a diamond shape at the base, or bottom, of the nostril. This particular technique is often used to reduce nostril flare and may be performed with the Weir technique.
  • Y-V advancement technique: The Y-V advancement technique involves a “Y” shaped incision with the “V” portion of the “Y” being made inside the nostril. The stem of the “Y” is then made around the nostril, following the natural crease where the nostril meets the cheek. This technique hides scarring very well and little or no skin needs to be removed to reduce the size of the nostrils.  

Recovery after Rhinoplasty for the Nostrils

When rhinoplasty is isolated to the nostrils, recovery is generally shorter than rhinoplasty performed on the internal structures of the nose.

Patients should also expect less bruising and swelling after rhinoplasty is performed on the nostrils, as the nose and facial tissues are only minimally manipulated.

With that said, patients should follow all post-surgery instructions as this will help to make for a smooth recovery.

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to change the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty for the nostrils may be right for you. To find out if rhinoplasty can help you, we welcome you to call (480) 949-5990 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heringer.

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