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Blog: Alarplasty – nostril narrowing

Posted August 16, 2012 in Nose

This patient underwent organic rhinoplasty using only her own tissues to rebuild the nose. The nostrils have been narrowed by using an internal buried stitch which will draw the nostrils inward. By using a suturing technique, the size of the incision is drastically reduced and made less visible.

The tip of the nose has been strengthened using tissue from behind the ear in order to give the tip more shape and also resist the forces that widen the nose when smiling.

Finally the bridge has been built up, again using only the patient’s own tissue from behind the ear. This prevents issues of rejection and minimizes the risk of infection or late extrusion. There is almost always enough tissue in the ears so that rib cartilage is almost never needed.

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This patient underwent a similar procedure along with chin surgery. The chin is always assessed for maintaining balance to the profile when rhinoplasty is performed. The implant was placed through an intraoral incision.

This patient underwent a similar procedure along with chin surgery. The chin is always assessed for maintaining balance to the profile when rhinoplasty is performed. The implant was placed through an intraoral incision.