The Surgical Procedure
The procedure of Alar Base Rhinoplasty is vastly different to that of Injectable Rhinoplasty or traditional Rhinoplasty procedures, notes Dr Mooney, however, some integral steps never vary. “As always assessment is essential,” he assures.
“We take a history and photos and show the patient using digital imaging software exactly how refined their new nose could be,” he explains. Then, under local anesthetic and guided by absolutely precise measurements, an ellipse of tissue is removed from the ‘sill’ of the nostril.
“The new contour is sewn into place using dissolving sutures which takes about an hour,” he concludes, noting that pain is minimal and patients can return to work the same day!
However, as fault proof as it appears, Dr Mooney is quick to point out that the Alar Base procedure is as much about medical results as it is cosmetic. “All Rhinoplasty is the combination of form and function and Alar Base reduction is no different,” he cautions.
“A nose not only has to look good, it has to work well too!”
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.