Alarplasty Reshape of the Nostrils in Bangkok, Thailand

Alarplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape and reduce the size of nostrils. A small, wedge-shaped piece of skin is removed to create smaller, narrower nostrils. Alarplasty is a popular procedure combined with rhinoplasty to refine and beautify the nose shape.

Rhinoplasty is a general term for any operation designed to change the nose shape and size, such as hump removal, correcting bulbous or droopy nasal tips, or other rhinoplasty surgeries to restore functionality, such as deviated septum; Alarplasty refers solely to the surgery to narrow the nostrils when the nostrils are too wide. Alarplasty involves removing skin from the nostrils and suturing the nostril closed, thereby narrowing the nostrils. The incisions are made inside the nose and are contained to only the nose.


A Good Candidate for Alarplasty

  • People who feel have a wide alar flare and wide nostrils
  • Healthy
  • Realize expectation

Four techniques for alarplasty

Kamol Cosmetic Hospital offers various techniques for alarplasty are as follows:

1. To reduce an alar flare by alar wedge resection technique is performed by a wedge excision 1-2 mm above the alar facial- groove and then suture, this technique is suited for someone who has a wide alar flare, as picture 1


Picture 1. Shows the incision scar to reduce the alar flare technique

2. A sliding alar flap technique narrows the alar base so the incision scar is outside the nostril base. This procedure is available for someone who has optimal nostrils but needs a narrow alar base, as Picture 2


Picture 2. Shows the incision scar to sliding alar flap technique

3. A nostril excision is performed to narrow the alar base. The incision scar is at the base of the nostrils. This technique is available for someone who has a wide nostrils base, as Picture 3


Picture 3. Shows the incision scar to excising the middle of the nostril base


4. Combination of alar wedge resection and a nostril excision as a picture 4


 Picture 4. Shows the incision scar to combination technique

Preparation for alarplasty

  • Consult with your surgeon
  • Stop smoking before surgery at least two weeks
  • Stop some medicines, vitamins, or herbs that interfere with blood clotting, such as aspirin


          Alarplasty is a simple and quick procedure that can transform the face. The nose takes center stage in the face and greatly affects overall beauty and looks. Flared and large nostrils are easily fixed with this surgery, and it often complements a rhinoplasty for a significantly better nose.

Procedure for alarplasty

  1. Local anesthesia
  2. Incision above the nasal crease or the way around the mark site; remove the tissue out 
  3. Sutures and adjust the shape of the nostrils

Post-operative care for alarplasty

  1. Elevate the head to reduce the swelling
  2. Stop eating salty foods for 1-2 weeks to reduce swelling
  3. Stop alcohol two weeks after surgery
  4. Follow up with a doctor one month after surgery
  5. Keep clean every day 
  6. Take stitches off seven days after surgery
  7. The wound will be healing well and takes 1-3 months
  8. Follow all post-operative instructions and attend all post-operative appointments

Risk and Complications for Alarplasty

  • After surgery, there may be redness, swelling, bleeding, or infection
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry nostrils

Recovery for Alarplasty

          You can return to work after one week; swelling persists for 1-2 weeks. Avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks. The final result will be seen in four weeks, and then improvement will continue for several months.

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Frequently asked questions about Alarplasty

  • What kind of anesthetic will I need?

In most cases, Alarplasty can be performed under a local anesthetic. However, if it is combined with a full rhinoplasty, a general anesthetic will usually be required.

  • What is the recovery time for Alarplasty?

- Recovery time for an Alarplasty is relatively quick compared to other facial surgeries. Your nose will be red and swollen initially, but this should recede in 1 to 2 weeks, and final results can be seen in as little as 2 months.

  • What are the risks of Alarplasty?

- While a highly low-risk procedure, complications considered with this surgery include scarring and infection.

  • Will there be a visible scar?

There are a number of different procedures for this surgery, and depending on the method used, there is either no scar or a practically invisible scar.

  • Is this operation likely to make a big difference to my looks?

The nose takes center stage in the face and significantly affects overall looks. Alarplasty makes a massive difference to a person's looks because a flared nose can quickly become more refined and beautiful.

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