Frequently Asked Questions About Nostril Reduction

Your nose plays a significant role in your overall facial appearance, and for those seeking to enhance their features, nostril reduction surgery can be a transformative procedure. Whether you’re considering this cosmetic surgery for aesthetic reasons or functional concerns, the team at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery understands that you likely have numerous questions.


That’s why we are covering the frequently asked questions surrounding nostril reduction, shedding light on the procedure, recovery process, potential risks, and more. Following are the questions we hear most often about nostril reduction here at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery.


Nostril Reduction FAQs

What is nostril reduction surgery?

Nostril reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that aims to reshape and resize the nostrils. It involves removing a small amount of tissue from the base and sides of the nostrils to achieve a more balanced and proportionate appearance.

Does nostril reduction surgery have a different name?

Nostril reduction surgery is sometimes referred to as alar base reduction or alarplasty.

Who is a suitable candidate for nostril reduction surgery?

Candidates for nostril reduction surgery are typically individuals who are unhappy with the shape, size, or symmetry of their nostrils. It is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate based on your specific concerns and goals.

Approximately how long does a nostril reduction procedure take?

The duration of a nostril reduction procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case and whether it is performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with other nasal or facial surgeries. Generally, a nostril reduction surgery takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete. However, it’s important to note that the actual time may differ for each individual, and your plastic surgeon can provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific circumstances.

How is nostril reduction surgery performed?

Nostril reduction surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The surgeon makes carefully planned incisions along the natural creases of the nostrils or within the nostril lining. Excess tissue is then removed, and the remaining tissue is reshaped and sutured together to achieve the desired results.

Is nostril reduction surgery painful?

Discomfort and mild pain are common after any surgical procedure, including nostril reduction. However, medications are prescribed to manage pain during the recovery period. The level of discomfort varies from person to person, and most individuals find that it is manageable and improves over time.

What is the nostril reduction recovery time?

The recovery time for nostril reduction surgery can vary from person to person. Generally, patients can expect some initial swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the days following the procedure. The majority of the swelling will subside within the first 1 to 2 weeks, and bruising typically fades within 2 to 3 weeks. Most individuals can resume normal activities, including work, within 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery and individual healing factors.

How long does it take to see the final results of nostril reduction surgery?

While some improvement in nostril appearance can be observed immediately after surgery, it takes time for the swelling to subside and the tissues to heal completely. The final results of nostril reduction surgery are typically visible within several weeks to a few months, once the swelling has resolved.

What is the recovery process like after nostril reduction surgery?

The recovery process for nostril reduction surgery generally involves swelling, bruising, and some mild discomfort. Patients are advised to rest, avoid strenuous activities, and follow post-operative instructions provided by their surgeon. It is essential to keep the incision sites clean and to attend follow-up appointments for proper healing assessment.

Are there any risks or complications associated with nostril reduction surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These may include infection, scarring, asymmetry, changes in skin sensation, bleeding, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. It is crucial to choose a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to minimize these risks.

How many post-op appointments will I have after getting a nostril reduction at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery?

Generally, patients can expect to have several post-op appointments to monitor the healing process and ensure optimal results. Typically, the first post-operative appointment is scheduled within the first week after surgery to assess initial healing, remove any sutures or dressings, and address any immediate concerns. Subsequent appointments are usually scheduled at specific intervals, such as 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 3 months post-surgery.

What should I expect during my nostril reduction post-op appointments?

These appointments allow the surgeon to track your progress, evaluate the healing of the incisions, and address any potential issues or questions that may arise.

Can nostril reduction surgery be combined with other procedures?

Yes, nostril reduction surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as rhinoplasty, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation, buccal fat removal, or other facial procedures depending on the individual’s personal goals. During your initial consultation, your surgeon can discuss options if you are curious about combining another procedure with your nostril reduction.

How long do the results of nostril reduction surgery last?

The results of nostril reduction surgery are generally considered permanent. However, the natural aging process and other factors, such as weight fluctuations, can potentially affect the long-term outcome. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following your surgeon’s recommendations can help preserve the results for an extended period.

How much does nostril reduction surgery cost with North Raleigh Plastics Surgery?

The cost of nostril reduction surgery at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery starts between $2,100 and $3,150. However, please note that this is a general price range and can vary based on individual factors and the specific details of your case.

What is included in the cost of the procedure for nostril reduction?

The cost of nostril reduction surgery at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery covers all necessary pre-operative and post-operative appointments, the cost of anesthesia, the surgical procedure itself, and any required surgical materials. Additionally, post-operative compression garments, if needed, are also included in the overall cost.

Do you accept insurance for a nostril reduction?

No. Unfortunately, at this time North Raleigh Plastic Surgery does not accept Medicare or any other insurance for nostril reduction surgery.

What are your payment terms for a nostril reduction procedure?

To secure your nostril reduction surgery date, we kindly ask for an upfront payment of 25% of the total cost. The remaining balance must be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled surgery. While insurance does not often cover cosmetic procedures, we are pleased to offer a cash discount and accept various payment methods, including Care Credit and all major credit cards, to provide convenient options for our patients.

Can a nostril reduction procedure be financed?

Yes, financing options are often available for nostril reduction procedures. We offer options to finance with Care Credit as well as Alphaeon Credit. You can learn more about financing options by visiting our NRPS financing page.


Schedule Your Raleigh Nostril Reduction Procedure Today

Ready to transform your appearance and achieve the balanced, proportionate nostrils you’ve always desired?  Schedule your Raleigh nostril reduction procedure today and take the first step towards enhancing your facial harmony. Dr. Oritz, our talented board-certified plastic surgeon at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery is here to guide you through the process, answer your questions, and ensure your comfort every step of the way.  Please contact us today by calling 919-532-2270 or filling out the form below.