Can Alar Base Lowering Be Done?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi, is alar base lowering on one side a possibility? My left nostril is fine, but my right nostril shows a lot.

A: While nostril lowering can be done that will affect the base of the nose primarily… may not necessarily decrease nostril show which is more of an issue with the alar rim above it. Your imaging suggests that the combination of nostril lowering and an alar rim graft is needed to achieve the complete effect of improved nostril symmetry.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon