In the research “First Impressions” done in 2006 by Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov, they found that 1/10th of a second is all the time needed for participants to form impressions of test subjects.
When our eyes catch sight of a stranger for the 1st time, the eyes scan through the face quickly in a matter of milliseconds, starting from the eyes, down to the nose, lips, chin and then the face as a whole before deciding whether that person is worth a second look.
As mentioned in our previous topic of facial disharmony / loss of aesthetic line, the nose plays an integral part in defining a person’s final look. This is due to the central location of the nose on the face.
Many a times, we find that by altering the nose (for example making a flat nose bridge higher, wide nose more narrow, bulbous tip more pointed), the pleasantness of a person’s face is improved as a whole.
To recap, we go through the next few points that is universally accepted as the ideal nose:
- The angle between the forehead and nose should be 115-130°.
- The angle between the base of nose and upper lip should be 95-105°
- The nose should be narrow and nose tip not too bulbous
One final point to reiterate is that the width of the nose shall not exceed the inter-eye distance. Therefore, when a person presents with a wide alar base, the central aesthetic lines of the face are broken.
Nevertheless, with all the above being said, the “ideal” nose should fit into the face proportionately to manifest a pleasant face.
Here, clients can opt for minimally-invasive or invasive methods for wide alar base reduction.
The height of the nasal bridge can be increased via dermal fillers like JuvedermÒ to provide an illusion of a narrower nose and tip as one follows the nasal bridge down to the tip. Filler can also be used to fill up a flat anterior cheek, a common problem in the East Asian face, to mask the appearance of a wide alar base. Filler injection can be completed quickly with minimal downtime.
Some people have the habit of flaring the nostrils when they smile. This gradually causes the nostrils to widen, causing the appearance of a widened alar base. This can be easily solved by depositing some Botox into the dilator naris muscle around the nostrils to weaken the flaring action. This procedure can be repeated every 6 months.
Last but not least, the definitive solution is of course alarplasty or alar reduction. During the procedure, the base of the nostrils is released and tucked-in more medially, causing a reduction in the final width of the alar base.
Alarplasty is usually performed with rhinoplasty to concurrently increase the height of nose tip and bridge as well, giving the final appearance of a narrow nose. Recovery time is of course longer compared to filler and Botox procedures.