Nostril Reshaping: All you need to know about

This article was updated on August 18th, 2023 at 08:26 pm

Cosmetic procedures to alter the shape and size of nostrils include nostril reshaping, also known as alar base reduction. It’s a popular treatment for people who don’t like what their nose looks like and want to enhance the symmetry of their faces.The procedure involves the small incision at the base of your nose, with excess tissue removed in order to give you a more reasonable and aesthetic nasal shape.

It is a simple and safe operation to reconstruct the nostrils which can be done at an outpatient level. It usually takes place under local anesthesia, and patients are allowed to return home the same day. Recovery time is very brief and easy given that most patients are capable of getting back to work and regular activities in a week.Overall, it is a low-risk way to achieve a more balanced and attractive facial appearance.

Nostril Reshaping

A cosmetic procedure to alter the shape, size or location of a nose is called nostril plasticisation, also referred to as aplasty. It can be done for a range of reasons, including aesthetics and functionality. 

Correcting asymmetry, reduction of the size of nostrils that are loose or wide in proportion to each other and increasing general nose appearance are aesthetic reasons for nostril shaping. Improvement of breathing due to correction of deviated septum or reduction of nose obstruction is one of the functional reasons.
According to the desired result,surgeons will make incisions in the nose or around the base of your nose during surgery. Before the incision is closed by sutures, the surgeon would remove or adjust the cartilage and tissue in the nostrils. 

A local anesthetic may be used to perform the nostril reshaping procedure on an outpatient basis. Recovery time depends on the amount of surgery, but patients can usually return to working and normal activities within a week.

Before deciding to proceed, patients should consult their doctor about the risks and benefits of this procedure. In general, shaping the nose can be a reliable and efficient way of improving its appearance and function.

Nostril Reshaping

The Process of Nostril Reshaping


A consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon should be arranged for the patient before a nostril reshaping is performed. During this consultation, a surgeon will check the patient’s nose and discuss his or her goals for surgery. The history of the patient’s health and any other surgical or medical procedures that may have been performed on them will also be considered by the surgeon.

Consultation is an important step of this process, since a surgeon may assess the patient’s suitability to undergo surgery and discuss any possible risks or complications that might occur.


The process of nostril reshaping is usually carried out in general anesthesia like rhinoplasty and may take between 30 minutes and an hour. Depending on the method of operation used, the surgeon may make incision inside or across the top of the nose.

Once this is done, the surgeon removes or adds tissue whenever necessary to restructure the nostrils. The incision will be shut with sutures once the desired shape has been established. In order to ensure the safety and comfort of the patient, he or she will be closely monitored throughout the procedure.


For several days following the procedure, patients must be rested and kept from vigorous activity. The surgeon will provide post-operative instructions, including how to care for the incision site and any medications that may be necessary. After the nose has been reshaped, swelling and bruising are common. 

It may take a few weeks to get rid of them. During this period, patients may experience some discomfort and it is usually managed with the use of pain medication.

In order to assure correct healing and reduce the risk of complications it is vital for patients to follow all instructions given by their surgeon after surgery. In order to enhance the appearance of your nose, nostril reshaping can be safely and effectively performed. Patients can attain the desirable results with little risk if they work together with a qualified plastic surgeon and follow all instructions that are given after surgery.

Risks and Complications of Nostril Reshaping

Anoplasty, involves changing the nose’s shape and size. While this is generally considered to be an acceptable option, patients should be informed of the possible risks and complications that may occur prior to surgery.

Infection is one of the most common risk factors for Anoplasty. It can happen, either during the procedure or in the course of recovery, if bacteria are introduced to the surgical site. Redness and swelling, pain or fever can be symptoms of an infection. antibiotics may be required for the treatment of this infection in some cases.

Scarring is another possible complication in the reshaping of the nose. Some patients may develop visible scars while the incisions made during the procedure are usually small and well hidden. Patients who have a history of keloid or Hypertrophic Scarring may be more prone to this.

Patients may experience nerve damage as a result of nostril reshaping in rare cases. In the nose and surrounding area, this may cause a tingling or numbness. While this phenomenon is usually temporary, it may take several weeks or months for sensation to fully return.

There is a risk that the results may not be satisfactory for patients. The majority of patients are happy with their nostril reshaping operation, but there’s always a chance that the final result will not meet their expectations. These conditions can be due to a number of factors, such as insufficient communication between patients and surgeons or sudden change in the healing process.

Overall, there is relatively little risk or complication of nostril reconstruction and the desired results can be achieved in most patients with few or no complications. But it is important that patients have an adequate understanding of potential risks before the operation, as well as selecting a surgeon with experience and expertise who can minimize their chances for complications and ensure a satisfactory outcome.

Nostril Reduction

Reduction of the nostrils is a cosmetic surgical procedure intended to improve the shape and size of the nostrils for aesthetic purposes.

There’s a lot of reasons someone might decide to have their noses reduced. Some people can be embarrassed to look at the size or shape of their noses, while others may have breathing difficulties due to a deviation in the septum and other respiratory problems. Reduction of strils may help to create a more attractive nose, harmony in the face and improved breathing.

Patients’ objectives and expectations will be discussed at the consultation with the surgeon, while their nose is assessed to see which treatment measures are most appropriate. In order to show patients what their nose might look like after this procedure, the surgeon can use computer imaging.

Patients may experience slight swelling and bruising in the nose region following surgery, which should be subsiding within a few weeks. In order to ensure appropriate recovery and minimize risk of complications, it is essential that you follow the surgeon’s instructions after surgery.

In conclusion, reduction of the nostril is a safe and effective way to improve nasal appearance as well as enhance facial harmony. To ensure the best possible results, it is important to select a skilled and experienced surgeon for this operation.

Reasons for Nostril Reduction

Aesthetic Appeal

For aesthetic reasons, a lot of people are looking into nose reduction surgery. The overall appearance of the nose and face may be significantly affected by the size and shape of the nostrils. Some people may have a feeling that they’re vain about the size or shape of their noses, which can make them feel unhappy in how they look. In order to achieve a more balanced and symmetrical appearance, which can improve a person’s self esteem and confidence, nostril reduction surgery can help.

In order to reduce their size the surgeon carefully removes some of the tissue from his nose at the time of surgery. Local anesthesia may be used for this procedure, which is usually completed in less than an hour. After surgery, patients are expected to experience some swelling and bruising, but these symptoms usually subside in a couple of days.

Improved Breathing

Nasal reduction surgery can also make breathing easier, not to mention its cosmetic benefits. There may be some people whose noses are too narrow or wide, which can make breathing through their nose difficult. In addition, this can cause breathing problems such as snoring, sleep apnea and so on.

By widening or shrinking the nose as required, nostril reduction surgery may help to remedy these problems. That helps to increase air flow through the nose and makes breathing easier for patients. In some cases, patients may benefit from additional treatment such as septoplasty or turbinate reduction to further improve their breathing.

In general, nasal reduction surgery can be a safe and effective way to improve the appearance as well as function of the nose. In order to identify whether this is a good choice for you, patients are advised to take due care in considering why they want the operation and discussing their options with an experienced surgeon.

Frequently Asked Questions


Without surgery, there are no effective ways to reduce nostril size. It may be possible to improve the appearance of the nose with nonsurgical options such as fillers or Botox, but it is not possible to reduce the size of the nostrils.


Revision surgery may be necessary to address the problem, in case of a patient with an abnormal nose appearance after rhinoplasty treatment. In order to achieve a more balanced and natural looking result, the surgeon may need to adjust the position of the nasal tip or the nostrils.


There are no proven natural remedies to reduce nostril size. Some people may try exercises or massages, but these methods are unlikely to produce significant results.


Alarplasty is a surgical procedure to remove small amounts of tissue from the tip of the nose, which will reduce its size. The nostrils may be reshaped and the appearance of the nose improved during this procedure. It is important to remember that alarplasty must be performed under general anesthesia, which entails risks and potential complications.


No, it is not possible to widen nostrils without surgery. Non-surgical options like fillers or Botox may be able to improve the appearance of the nose, but they cannot make the nostrils wider.


Several factors, such as excessive tearing of the cartilage in the nasal tip triangle, poor suturing technique or insufficient support for the nostrils may lead to a deviated nostril after rhinoplasty. This issue may need to be corrected by revision surgery in order to enhance a more naturally occurring appearance.

Dr. Görkem Atsal was born in Amasaya in 1988. He graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 2012. Specify graduation official (in year): 2012 Yozgat Intercession State Hospital(2012) Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesia (2013) Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (2014) Health Sciences University İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (2015-2018) Turkish Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Association Facial Plastic Surgery School (2020-2021)