The Rhinoplasty Revolution

Monday, November 03, 2014

There is no ignoring it: claiming front and centre focus on your face, your nose can affect how you feel about yourself every moment of every day. And if you’re not happy with its appearance, the personal ramifications can prove more than skin deep.

A loss of confidence is collateral damage when it comes to a nose shape you’re unhappy with, but now there is a procedure that can correct the width of nose – also known as the Alar Base – in no time at all!

“In Australia, wide Alar Bases are common in Polynesian and Asian noses,” explains pioneering Australian ENT and Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Dr William Mooney.

“The face of Australians is changing – quite literally – through our ever expanding diversification of cultures,” he continues. “Therefore, Alar Base Rhinoplasty is without doubt becoming increasingly more popular within my Sydney Medical and Cosmetic Surgery.”

Alar Base Rhinoplasty can be performed as part of formal Rhinoplasty, he adds, “but more recently we have begun performing it as a stand alone procedure in our clinic, sometimes in conjunction with an injectable Rhinoplasty.”

“Now – in selected patients – we can also offer a scar less technique,” he continues. “This is particularly pertinent as many of the patients that are of an ethnicity that produces a wider Alar Base also have skin that is more prone to scarring.”

At the forefront of this new innovation in scar less Alar Base Rhinoplasty, Dr Mooney explains that he has long been passionate about developed and personally pioneering the procedure since completing his studies within a fellowship at the famous Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills.

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 anaesthetic 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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