Yes, it is entirely possible for patients to have a rhinoplasty to reshape the nostrils. A rhinoplasty can be used to fix nostrils that are:
- Too wide and look like they are always flaring.
- Too narrow and don’t let enough air into the nose.
- Have notches or overhangs that prevent the nose from being well defined.
To fix a nostril that’s too wide, Dr. Sanders will remove select tissue from the nose and then use a suture to help cinch them closer together, resulting a scar hidden in the nasal crease. To make the nostrils wider, he will use a strut to help stretch out the opening. Notches can be corrected with the use of cartilage grafts. A more symmetrical appearance almost always results.