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The Ultimate Guide to Alarplasty

By: Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh


Alarplasty, a specialized form of rhinoplasty , is one such procedure designed to reshape the nostrils and enhance facial harmony. This comprehensive guide will help you understand everything you need to know about alarplasty, from the procedure itself to recovery and costs.

What is Alarplasty?

Alarplasty, also known as alar base reduction surgery, is a c osmetic procedure that focuses on altering the width and shape of the nostrils. It involves removing a small amount of skin from the alar, or the fleshy part of the nose that attaches to the cheek, to achieve a more balanced and symmetrical appearance. Techniques used in alarplasty include wedge, sill, and Weir excisions, each tailored to meet specific aesthetic goals.

Alarplasty Testimonial

Alarplasty Testimonial for Dr. Ghazizadeh in Newport Beach, CA

Who is a Good Candidate for Alarplasty?

Alarplasty is ideal for individuals  who feel their nostrils are too wide or flared, those who have healed from previous nasal surgeries, and those who have realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcomes. Good candidates are typically in good health, non-smokers, and have specific aesthetic concerns regarding the shape and size of their nostrils.

The Alarplasty Procedure

The alarplasty procedure is less invasive than traditional rhinoplasty. Here’s what to expect:

Surgery Preparation: Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the procedure, especially if you will be under general anesthesia. However, general anesthesia is not always necessary.

Alarplasty Procedure Steps:     

  • Anesthesia: Depending on the recommendation, you will be under general or local anesthesia.     
  • Incisions: Your surgeon will make precise incisions based on the chosen technique (wedge, sill, or Weir).     
  • Reshaping: A small portion of the alar is removed to achieve the desired shape.     
  • Sutures and Dressing: The new shape is reinforced with sutures, and the area is bandaged.     
  • Recovery: Initial recovery involves some swelling and redness, which should subside within 1 to 2 weeks. Full recovery may take 1 to 3 months .

Cost of Alarplasty

The cost of alarplasty varies but typically ranges between $2,000 and $4,000 in the United States. Since it is an elective cosmetic procedure, it is not usually covered by health insurance. The overall cost includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and post-operative care.

Before and After Photos

Reviewing before and after photos is crucial for setting realistic expectations and understanding the potential results. Dr. Ghazizadeh’s Alarplasty Before & After Gallery provides numerous examples of su ccessful transformations, showcasing the natural and harmonious results that can be achieved through alarplasty.

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Alarplasty Before and After in Newport Beach with Dr. Ghazizadeh, M.D.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Selecting a qualified and experienced surgeon is essential for achieving the best results. Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh’s extensive training, board certification, and patient-centered approach ensure that each procedure is customized to meet individual needs, minimizing risks and enhancing outcomes.


Alarplasty offers a less invasive option for those looking to refine the shape of their nostrils, contributing to overall facial harmony and boosting self-confidence. Understanding the procedure, recovery, and costs involved can help you make an informed decision.

Ready to explore your alarplasty options? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shabnam Ghazizadeh in Newport Beach  to discuss your goals and see how we can help you achieve the results you desire. Book your appointment today.

Alarplasty Guide Inforgraphic with Dr. Ghazizadeh M.D.
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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.