Nose Surgery

Bulbous Tip Correction and Alar Reduction

Transforming your aura from an unkempt image to a polished image

What are Alar Reduction and Bulbous Tip Correction?

A nose with a wide alar base 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. Get the best nose surgery in Korea at JW. 

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.

  • Surgery Duration1.5 - 2 hours
  • HospitalizationNot Required
  • # of Postoperative visits2 - 3 Visits
  • AnesthesiaSedation or Local Anesthesia
  • Removal of Stitches5 - 7 days after the operation
  • Recovery PeriodReturn to normal life after removal of stitches
We recommend Alar Reduction and Bulbous Tip Correction for:
  • Those whose alar are big and spread.
  • Those whose alar are big and bulbous.
  • Those whose nasal tip is round.
  • Those who have thick alar skin and fats.

JW’s Expertise and Skills on Alar Reduction and Bulbous Tip Correction

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.

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.

Enjoy a balanced face, proportional size of the nose and beautiful shape

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bulbous Tip Correction and Wide Alar Base Reduction at JW Plastic Surgery Center

#1 | Manipulation of alar (lower level) cartilage



The surgeon makes an incision into the alar cartilage in the nasal tip to refine the shape.


Suture techniques are used to decrease the distance between the alar cartilages, minimizing the nasal curve and realigning cartilage position.

#2 | Debulking of Soft Tissue

Excessive subcutaneous tissue is removed from a bulbous nose, in this ‘debulking’ procedure. 

#3 | Procedures for wide alar bases

For patients with a wide alar base, 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)
  • 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

1 | 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.

2 | Those whose alar are droopy

We directly incise the droopy parts to make your nose appear natural-looking.

3 | 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.

Cautions Before Rhinoplasty

  • You 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.
  • Cigarettes 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.
  • Before you come to the hospital, you must remove makeup, contact lenses, any accessories, nail polish, and pedicure on the day of surgery.
  • You must stop eating any food at least four hours before an operation.
  • We 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

  • Placing the surgical sites on a higher position than your heart helps to reduce swelling.
  • Apply an ice pack on the surgical site for the first two or three days.
  • Avoid 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.
  • Refrain from smoking or drinking, which may delay your recovery, for at least four weeks after an operation.
  • You 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.

With more than 18 years of experience, Surgeons specialized in Nose Surgery.

JW nose team constitutes 3 nose specialists with know-how from various clinical experiences, as well as dedication to achieving the best result by medical research. Get the best bulbous tip correction surgery in Korea at JW Clinic.