News=Editor Hwang Kyu-Jun] In Korea, a blunt nose tip or flat nose is often called a Bok-ko. In
the past, it was named after for wealthy people but they might give a clunky
and stuffy impression. Recently, patients with blunt and thick nose want to
improve their nose to be higher and slimmer by alar reduction.
Alar reduction surgery is divided into
incisional and non-incisional and depending on the shape of the nose, the
thickness of the skin and the method of surgery. Incisional method is for
patients who have large nostrils with thick skin and incision is made inside
the nostrils to make them narrower. Non-incisional method is by using special
medical threads called Elasticum to pull nostrils together. This special
material band are elastic and stable with tissue bonding so it lasts longer
than conventional threads, and can be expected to be natural when speaking or
Additionally, since it is non-incisional
method, there will be no scarring with short surgery time and fast recovery.
However, in order to achieve satisfactory
alar reduction, it is essential to reduce the nostrils according to the each
patient’s face ratio considering the angle, shape and width of the nostrils
that could bring the result to be symmetric.
Alar reduction is often seen as a
relatively simple operation but since the nose is located in the center of the
face, it is necessary to pay close attention to the surgical method and plan
through sufficient consultation with professional surgeon with abundant
By Dr. Kang Moon-Seok, Head Surgeon at
Wonjin Beauty Medical Group