Question: If I just want to narrow my nose by reducing the width of the base, do I have to undergo an anesthetic?
Answer: The answer to this is ‘no’ if that is all you want done in terms of a limited rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty. We have several patients every year that only want to narrow the base of the nose where the nostrils attach to the cheek and lip. There are a variety of methods used for base narrowing of the nose and essentially all of these can be done in the office under local anesthesia and sometimes an oral sedative medication. In most cases, this simple limited type of nasal reshaping can make a significant improvement in the appearance of the nose.