The nasal width can be made narrower by making the angles of this triangle steeper at the point where the nostrils attach to the face. Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide rhinoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities.
Nasal Base Reduction
A nose base reduction is a rhinoplasty procedure that decreases the nasal base width in cases where it is too broad in comparison to other facial features. Nose base reduction, in some variation, is generally a routine element of rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty.
Reducing the width of the nose base is done even more commonly in ethnic nose surgeries. Rhinoplasty candidates of Asian, African American, and Middle Eastern heritage usually require nose base reduction. These ethnicities often have a wider nose base which necessitates a reduction of this region to enhance the appearance of the nose.
Many patients seeking rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty commonly complain that their nose appears too broad or large at the base. The base is usually measured from the outer margin of one nostril to the outer margin of the other.
Ideally, the width of the nasal base should not be more than the distance between the eyes. If an imaginary line ran vertically down from the corner of the eyes (or inner canthus) on either side, the base of the nose should fall between these two lines.
But it is vital to comprehend that this adjustment is the aesthetic ideal for a Caucasian nose. This standard may not be appropriate for ethnic noses. A nose base that is slightly wider than this ideal measurement usually offers optimal outcomes to a majority of ethnic rhinoplasty candidates.
Anatomy Involved in Nasal Base Reduction
It is vital that the surgeon has an in-depth understanding of the anatomy of the nasal base area to decide on the surgical treatment of specific rhinoplasty patients. The columella is a column-like structure situated in the middle of the nasal base.
This divides the nostrils into right and left parts. The alar base insertion is the region of the nostril side wall that attaches to the upper lip-cheek junction. The nasal sill is the region that falls between the alar base insertion point and the columella.
A Wide Sill Area
Certain nose surgery patients with a broad nasal base also tend to have a wide sill area that causes extra nose width. In case this sill is excessively broad, it could lead to a more horizontal type nostril shape. This usually occurs in patients with a wide nasal sill.
What to Expect after Reduction Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Reduction rhinoplasty involves the same recovery period and strategies as any other nose reshaping surgical procedure. Following the surgery, the patient will experience swelling and discomfort for a few days as the nose, and adjacent tissues begin to heal.
The bruising and swelling will slowly subside as the healing progresses. The final results of the rhinoplasty will become apparent over time, and the patient will be able to return to their regular routine after the recovery process.
Cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for nose reshaping surgery.
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