Procedure information

Reduction of the nostrils (wings of the nose)

Enlarged nostrils (wings of the nose) can spoil the overall appearance of even the prettiest face. They make the nose look visually wider, larger and out-of-proportion. At present, those with this type of cosmetic defect have two options: constantly trying to visually correct the size of the wings of the nose with the help of color cosmetics while continuing to suffer the internal discomfort that comes from their physical imperfections, or undergoing a short plastic surgery to make the shape of their nose perfect. Our specialists have observed that roughly every fifth patient contacting our clinic for nasal correction needs a reduction in the nostrils of the wings of the nose. A reduction in the nostrils and wings of the nose is frequently performed in combination with other operations for the purposes of correcting the characteristic aesthetic shapes and dimensions of the nose.

Indications for surgery

An operation to correct the shape and size of the wings of the nose is performed in the following cases:

  • the nostrils are too large, which means that even if the bridge of the nose is narrow, the nose itself seems big (the most typical example is the shape of the African-American nose).
  • asymmetrical nostrils;
  • elongated wings of the nose, which add significant visual length to the nose;
  • various deformations of the wings of the nose arising from injury;
  • thick wings of the nose due to thickening of the soft-tissue cartilage under the skin (fleshy nose).

Preparing for surgery

Operations are mandatorily preceded by a consultation with a plastic surgeon. The goals of such a consultation are several:

  • determining the shape of the nose that the patient believes would be ideal;
  • creating an illustration for visualization of the result (among other things, this helps ensure that the patient and surgeon are clearly understanding each other);
  • determining the scope of surgical intervention: correcting just the shape and size of the wings of the nose isn’t always sufficient to achieve the desired result – sometimes, correcting the shape of the tip, bridge or other parts of the nose may be required as well.

Before the operation, the patient must be examined (blood work, urinalysis, EKG), including a consultation with the anesthesiologist. In some cases, computer tomography of the nose may be required.

How an operation to correct the wings of the nose unfolds

An operation to reduce the nostrils and wings of the nose usually takes no more than half-an-hour. In the case of an expanded scope of surgical work (removing a hump, straightening the nasal septum, etc.), total operating time could take from an hour-and-a-half to 2-3 hours

To perform this type of plastic surgery, either local or general anesthesia is used. As a rule, incisions are made on the inside of the nostrils close to the external edge that abuts the cheek. This is done so as not to leave visible external scars after the operation.  The task of the surgeon is to excise excess tissue and stitch the edges using a special technique. The size of the wings of the nose differs from person to person. Since the goal of the operation is to harmonize the shape of the face, the surgeon decides in each individual case just how much tissue needs to be excised.

Recuperation period

The first several days after the operation may be accompanied by slight swelling, tenderness at the incision site and bloody discharge from the nose. This is all part of the normal healing process. The swelling will gradually subside over the course of a month, but even in just a week will be virtually unnoticeable. Bloody discharge may persist for several days. An analgesic may be taken in case of pain.

For the first two weeks post-op following nostril correction surgery, the patient should avoid:

  • physical exertion and sports;
  • thermal procedures, whether general (sauna, banya) or local (compresses, heating pads, exposure to heat from an oven, fireplace or barbecue grill);
  • visiting solariums, active sun exposure (sunscreen should be used)

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