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HOMERhinoplasty SurgeryAlar Reduction/ Bulbous Tip Correction

Alar Reduction/ Bulbous Tip Correction

  • Surgery duration1.5 hours ~2 hours
  • Anesthesiaanesthesia with sedation or local anesthesia
  • HospitalizationNot required
  • Removal of stitches5~7 days after operation
  • Number of
    postoperative visits
    2~3 times
  • Recovery periodreturn to normal life after removal of stitches
What are Alar Reduction and Bulbous Tip Correction?

Alar Reduction and Bulbous Tip Correction

A nose with a broad alar and gives an impression of easygoing person.
In the past in Korea, this shape of the nose received compliments. However, this nose is not attractive anymore these days due to its dull impression. In particular, many Asians consider this nose shape to be inferior. The causes of bulbous nose are: excessively developed cartilage of the nasal tip; abnormal spread of the cartilage to both sides of the nose; excessive flesh between the nose tip and alar. Considering individuals’ face and needs, we create a sharp and slim nasal tip for you by revising cartilage and/or removing fat layers under the alar skin.

JW does not only reduce the size of the nasal tip but also corrects bulbous tip through reshaping of the nasal tip and refining thick skin tissues.

The golden ratio of the nose to the face

The ideal width of the alar base is one-fifth of the width of the face. The face looks beautiful when the width of the alar base equals to the gap between the eyes, the so-called glabella. It is ideal that the nose looks like an equilateral triangle from a bottom view and the length of the nostrils is two-thirds of the total length of the nose.

JW’s expertise and skills on Alar Reduction and Bulbous Tip Correction
  • 01 Careful and detailed correction! Alar correction, which reduces the size of the nostrils, is concurrently operated with the nasal tip correction, which refines the cartilage of the nasal tip, for a complete reshaping of the nose.
  • 02 Beautiful and natural-looking nose line without an implant is completed! Without adding any artificial implants, the small wedges of the nose or the nasal tip are reshaped. In this way, patients don’t get any unnatural look when inserting an artificial implant in his/her nose. In addition, the patients can avoid any side effects such as immobile nasal tip or turning the nose tip to red.
  • 03 You can enjoy a balanced face, proportional size of the nose and beautiful shape, all at once. We do not only reduce the size of the nasal tip but also correct bulbous tip through reshaping of the nasal tip and refining thick skin tissues.
  • 04 Patients’ safety is our first priority Our patients’ safety is our number one priority. Therefore, we perform safe operations with our in-house anesthesiology specialist, who is in charge of patient safety
  • 05 Polished and fresh images are completed by creating facial dimension We’ll help you to create your desired nose that is proportionally balanced with your other facial features.
We recommend Alar Reduction and Bulbous Tip Correction for
  • 01Those whose alar are big and spread
  • 02Those whose alar are big and bulbous
  • 03Those whose nasal tip is round
  • 04Those who have thick alar skin and fat
JW’s upturned nose/ short nose correction


  • 01 Those who have big and wide cartilage of the nasal tip We incise a certain part of cartilage of the nasal tip and refine the cartilage.

  • 02 Those whose cartilage of the nasal tip is wide We can create a slim and polished nose tip by incising the cartilage of the nasal tip and make the cartilage to focus on being the center of your nose.
    At the same time, we create a slim nasal tip by reducing the volume of alar or nose tip through cutting a certain part of inner side of nasal skin.

  • 03 Those whose nasal alar are wide In case one’s alar are wide, we directly reduce the size of the alar. There are several reduction methods: reducing the size by cutting the lower part of inner side of nostrils; narrowing the alar by tying the alar with alar Cinching (gathering alar cartilage by stiching method); and the mixed of incision and tying by cutting directly the outer side of the alar with wedge-shaped, then narrow the width of the alar up to desired width.

Incision on the inner part of the alar Alar cinching Incision on the outer part of the alar Incision on both sides of the alar
Other alar reduction methods


  • 01 Alar are sunken upwards or the visible of nostrils The nasal tip is positioned proportionally well on one’s face, however, as the alar are sunken upwards, the nostrils are visible. In this case, the sunken parts are filled up after a certain inner side of the nostrils is incised.
    When it is necessary in order to keep the support of revised parts, autoplasty is transplanted into the inner side of the nose alar.

  • 02 Those whose alar are droopy We directly incise the droopy parts to make your nose appear natural-looking

  • 03 Those whose alar are thick and wide We directly narrow the width of the alar by partial incision of inner side or outer side of the alar.
Medical professionals of JW Rhinoplasty Center

JW Plastic Surgery has well-experienced and skilled medical professionals.

JW Plastic Surgery’s medical professionals provide 1-on-1 medical services encompassing medical consultation, surgical planning, and surgery and are doing their best to ensure safe surgery and patient satisfaction.

Cautions before rhinoplasty
  • 01You must stop taking medications that interfere with hemostasis (oral contraceptive pills, hormone drugs, vitamin E, aspirin, etc.) at least two weeks before an operation. If you are currently receiving treatment for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or thyroid disease, you must inform your doctor or consultant in advance.
  • 02Cigarettes may cause phlegm, sneezing, or bleeding after an operation. We strongly recommend that you stop smoking for two weeks before an operation.
    A serious cold may reduce your trachea and respiratory functions. Please inform your consultant or doctor in advance if you happen to be suffering from a serious cold on the day of surgery.
  • 03Before you come to the hospital, you must remove makeup, contact lenses, any accessories, nail polish, and pedicure on the day of surgery.
  • 04You must stop eating any food at least four hours before an operation.
  • 05We recommend you to wear comfortable clothes, which will not irritate the surgical sites, a mask, a cap, and sunglasses. In addition, we advise you to come with a guardian or use public transportation.
Post-operative management
  • 01Placing the surgical sites on a higher position than your heart helps to reduce swelling.
  • 02Apply an ice pack on the surgical site for the first two or three days.
  • 03Avoid severe friction and acupressure massage around the surgical sites for at least one month after an operation. Use a sauna or take a hot bath at least one month later.
  • 04Refrain from smoking or drinking, which may delay your recovery, for at least four weeks after an operation.
  • 05You may engage in some light exercise such as a walk right after an operation. However, you must refrain from heavy exercise such as aerobics, tennis, and swimming, for at least three to four weeks after an operation.
Please note: In regards to before and after photos on this site, results may vary depending on each patients' individual case