Alarplasty (or, less commonly, alaplasty) is a plastic surgery procedure in which a wedge of the wing of the nose is removed in order to alter the shape of the nostrils.[1][2] Alarplasty may be used to increase or decrease the width of the nostrils, for either cosmetic or functional reasons.[3][4] In humans it may also make the nose perceptibly narrower.[3]

Other namesAlaplasty

Temporary swelling is a common consequence of alarplasty.[3]

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  1. Monnet, Eric (2012). "Alaplasty". Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. Somerset: Wiley Blackwell. p. 376. ISBN 978-1-118-39291-1. OCLC 947128207.
  2. Bojrab, M. Joseph; Waldron, Don Ray; Toombs, James P. (2014). "Stenotic Nares Wedge Resection (Alaplasty)". Current Techniques in Small Animal Surgery (5th ed.). Jackson: Teton NewMedia. p. 386. ISBN 978-1-4987-1656-7. OCLC 894170010.
  3. Rinzler, Carol Ann (2010). "alarplasty". The Encyclopedia of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. New York: Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4381-2702-6. OCLC 435912040.
  4. Aronson, Lillian R. (2015). "Stenotic nares". Small Animal Surgical Emergencies. Ames: Wiley Blackwell. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-118-48720-4. OCLC 911135242.

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