Flaring Or Wide Nostrils

Certain nose traits can be distracting to the eye, and some can change the expression of the face. Flaring or wide nostrils are a common trait that can draw attention away from the other facial features and create an impression of anger or hostility. Rhinoplasty can reshape and narrow the nostrils to create a more pleasant nasal and facial appearance. Dr. Sedgh Facial Plastic Surgery offers cosmetic correction for flaring or wide nostrils at our facility in West Hollywood, CA.

The lower nose can have a wide base, flaring nostrils or both. While it is common for many ethnic groups to have a wider alar or nasal base, when it is too wide or the edges of the nostrils flare, it can create imbalance with the rest of the facial features. Rhinoplasty can create a slightly narrower alar base or reshape the nostrils to achieve the desired shape.


Alar Base Reduction

To reduce a wide nose, the alar base can be reduced. This is the portion of nasal cartilage that connects to the cheek on the outside of the nostrils. Removing a small section can create slimmer nostrils and a less heavy appearance to the nose.

Flaring Nostril Correction

For flaring nostrils, a few different techniques can be used to create a more harmonious appearance. Often, nostrils appear to be flared due to a lack of nasal tip projection. Lengthening the nasal tip slightly with cartilage grafting or struts can hide flaring nostrils that distract from other facial features.

Rhinoplasty is recommended for individuals that want to change the appearance of very large nostrils. There are non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as adding dermal filler to the columella or nasal tip for mild nostril flaring, but these are temporary. Dr. Jacob Sedgh offers both surgical and non-surgical flaring nostril correction, as well as rhinoplasty for wide nostrils.

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If your nostril size or shape is negatively impacting your appearance, come see us at Dr. Sedgh Facial Plastic Surgery. We can achieve a more balanced nostril look while preserving the ethnicity of your nose. Contact our clinic in Los Angeles, CA to schedule a nose reshaping consultation with Dr. Sedgh.


When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.