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Alar Base Reduction Montreal

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Alar Base Reduction

Have you always felt like your nose didn’t fit your face? Do you feel your nostrils are too large or wide? If so, rhinoplasty and/or an alar reduction might be a good fit for you.

Your nose helps to define the balance of your face. Some patients have nostrils that are wide, too small, or have different shapes and sizes. The solution may be alar base reduction, a surgical procedure for correcting the symmetry of the nostrils to be more in line with the other facial features. An alar base reduction (nostril reduction surgery) will give you a more refined nose that “fits” the rest of the face for a symmetrical appearance.

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What Is An
Alar Base Reduction

Alarplasty, which is also known as nostril reduction surgery, alar base reduction surgery, and alar trimming, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that changes the width, size, and shape of the nostrils.

It’s sought after by those who want to aesthetically improve the look of their nose. Alar base reduction surgery can be performed by itself or as part of a closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty procedure.

An alar base narrowing manipulates soft tissue to change the shape and size of nostrils

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Am I A Good Candidate For
An Alarplasty Procedure?

Alarplasty surgery is a great option for those who are unhappy with the appearance of their nostrils and want to change it. However, to be eligible for nostril reduction, there are certain criteria you need to fulfill such as:

  • Flared nostrils (nasal flaring or alar flare)
  • Nostrils that are too big, or different sizes.
  • You are not satisfied with the appearance of your nostrils
  • The shape and size of your nostrils is affecting your mental health and self-image
  • You are a non-smoker and in good health
  • You have realistic expectations and goals from the procedure

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Benefits of
Alar Base Reduction:

If you are specifically unhappy with the appearance of your nostrils, alarplasty can help give you the nose and nostrils you want.
Some of the benefits include:

  • More Matching or Symmetric nostrils
  • More balanced facial features
  • A more refined and improved overall appearance of the nose
  • Improved overall facial symmetry and balance
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Reduced nostril flare
  • Long-lasting results
  • More narrow nostrils


Alarplasty recovery is usually quick and patients can return to regular activities the next day, except for not exercising for a week. head and neck surgeon practicing in facial plastic surgerys use local anesthesia, thus making the recovery even faster and more comfortable for the patient.

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Recovery Process from
Alar Base Reduction

There is no external dressing applied to the nose after alar base reductions. Small sutures will be removed from the nostril wall approximately a week after surgery.

If desired, you can plan a week of recovery from work, school, and social activities, but some patients choose to continue working and hide their sutures under a surgical mask.

A nostril narrowing procedure results in none or minimal bruising. Light physical activity can be resumed after a week, but you should refrain from heavy lifting for two weeks to prevent nosebleeds.

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Risks of Alar
Base Reduction:

Like any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, there are some small risks involved with narrowing the nostril base with an alar base reduction surgery. Some of the risks include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Asymmetries
  • Unsatisfactory cosmetic result.
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Redness
  • Some pain and/or numbness


Finally, like any cosmetic procedure, the most important risk is not being satisfied with the result. After a proper consultation that includes a complete examination and photo evaluation, our surgeons can generally produce the results desired by the patient.

However, we do not control the response of tissues to surgery, and sometimes repeated surgeries are necessary to achieve a more evident result. 

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Objectively speaking, a day at the spa or salon does have its own benefits. But if you are keen to get rid of genetic issues while rejuvenating your skin, then going to a Medispa is the sensible choice.

Clinique Face MD is an aesthetic medical center that specializes in cosmetic enhancement procedures for the face and neck – and is the only medispa within the greater Montreal area that offers that specialization.

Our team of facial specialists – overseen by the highly decorated head and neck specialist Dr. Sami Moubayed – are able to provide medipsa services like radiofrequency microneedling & skin tightening treatments, botox, lip fills, dermal fillers, and PRP that thickens and increases hair density.

We use safe and effective treatment methods using the latest technology – with results that will not only enhance your appearance – but make you feel proud and confident about how you look.

For long lasting, safe and evidence based facial enhancement treatment procedures, go with a name that many other Montreal residents trust.

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Things You Should Know Before
Alar Base Reduction Surgery

Nostril reduction surgery typically takes about an hour to complete.


In general, the alar base reduction procedure is less expensive that rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty, however, is a broader procedure encompassing the entire nose area whereas the alar base just focuses on one area of the nose.


Expect to see results from your surgery immediately.


Yes, the surgical procedure is permanent, however natural aging may change the shape of your nose over time.

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Warning: These photos are published as an indication to provide information on the nature of the intervention. They do not constitute a guarantee of results.

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