Alar Reduction is a type cosmetic surgery procedure of the nose that narrows the wide flaring and
large opening of the nasal nostrils. The alar of the nose is reduced and suture in its position, aim is to make the balance of nasal tip and alar of the nose.
Preparation prior to surgery:
Medical history assessment (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications
taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be
performed during consultation.
Avoid smoking for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation
and will greatly affect healing process.
Stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
Taking any medications should be avoided such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic
steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to
surgery, and also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as
they can increase bleeding.
The procedure usually takes around 1 hour.
Types of anesthesia use:
Local anesthesia (numbing medication administered in the surgical area)
Normally, you will feel some pain and discomfort at the nose area during the first days after the
operation but it can be alleviated by the medications prescribed. After 2 or 3 days, you will feel no pain but swelling in the nose and eyelid area will persist. Swelling and bruising around the eyes will start to disappear within a week and will completely subside for about 2 weeks. You can go back to work after 1 or 2 weeks, but avoid strenuous activities that can increase pressure to the face, which can prolong swelling and bruising for the next 2 to 3 weeks. After the removal of the bandage and stitches, the patient must take care of her/his nose not to be injured until it is completely healed. The frames of glasses should not be allowed to rest on the bridge of the nose for three weeks. A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery; patient may continue to feel some stuffiness for several weeks. Patient must try not to blow nose for a week or so, while the tissues heal.
Risks and complications:
Serious complications are rare. The most common complication is patient dissatisfaction. Other
complications include: hematoma, airway obstruction, injury to the nose, infection, excessive swelling and bleeding.