Changing nostril size and shape
The size and
shape of the nostrils cannot be controlled with the same finesse and
accuracy as some of the other nasal features. Most of the
rhinoplasty operation involves altering the size and position of the bone
and cartilage underneath the skin. As the skin wraps around the new
bony-cartilaginous framework, the nose achieves its new shape. The
nostrils, however, are only rolls of thickened skin. They contain no
cartilage that we can carve and shape, and subsequently we don't have many
procedures for precisely controlling their size and shape.
width of the nostrils can often be lessened by simply making an
incision at the base of the nostrils and removing a small piece of
skin. That procedure doesn't work to narrow the nostrils in
everyone, however. It doesn't alter the location where the nostril
meets the cheek; it only changes the flare or curve of the nostril
adjacent to where it
attaches to the cheek.
Even though we
can't tailor the size and shape of the nostrils with high accuracy, the
good news is that your cat gets a much better view of your nostrils than
your friends do, so for most people the appearance of the nostrils is a
lower priority feature than many other areas of the nose.
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