A common concern of patients seeking an ethnic or African American rhinoplasty in Charlotte is the size and shape of the nostrils. I have often consulted with patients that feel their nostrils do not fit the rest of their face. As a facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte that specializes in ethnic and African American rhinoplasties, I first identify the cause of the concern. Typically, this is either:
1) The nostrils’ width at the base of the nose is too wide— in some cases it may be larger than the distance between the eyes
2) The nostrils width at the base of the nose is normal but the nostrils “flare” out from the sides of the nose—this means that there is excess nostril tissue
It is important to identify these differences as they each have unique treatment options.
How do you fix nostrils that are large for the nose?
If the nostrils are too large for the nose, then they are reduced during an ethnic nose job (nostril reduction). This is one of the rare instances during a nose job that an incision is made on the skin of the face. The incision is made at the opening of the nose to bring the base of the nose closer together. A meticulous closure of the incision beautifully hides the scar.
How do you fix nostrils that flare?
Flaring nostrils are the result of excess nostril tissue. If a person stands in front of the mirror and pushes their nose toward their face, they cause their nostrils to flare. This situation can be corrected during an African American nose job by making an incision in the crease where the nostril meets the cheek. The incisions are made at this location to hide them.
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