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Turbinate Reduction Surgery in Houston, TX

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What is Turbinate Reduction?

Turbinates are the 2 bones that pass through the nasal passages, located on either side of the nasal cavity and near the septum. They are responsible for warming and moisturizing air as it flows through the nose, but if the inferior turbinates become enlarged, a nasal flow block can occur. This can impact breathing and cause chronic sinus infections, sleep apnea, and nose bleeding. Houston, TX double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, can perform turbinate reduction surgery to minimize the size of the turbinates to restore normal function. This surgery is also performed in conjunction with septoplasty, a surgery that repairs a crooked or deviated septum, which can also affect breathing.

What are the benefits of turbinate reduction?

Turbinate reduction, also known as turbinate surgery, offers several benefits for individuals suffering from nasal congestion and related breathing difficulties. By targeting and reducing the size of the turbinates, which are structures within the nasal cavity that help warm, humidify, and filter incoming air, this procedure can significantly improve nasal airflow. The primary advantage of turbinate reduction is the alleviation of chronic nasal congestion, allowing individuals to breathe more easily and comfortably. Additionally, turbinate reduction can contribute to better sleep quality, reduced snoring, and decreased incidence of sinus infections.

Who is a Candidate for TURBINATE REDUCTION?

The best candidates for turbinate reduction surgery:

  • Have breathing issues
  • Suffer from chronic sinus infections and/or nose bleeds
  • Suffer with sleep apnea/snoring
  • Desire a long-term solution

What to Expect during TURBINATE REDUCTION

Most patients should expect to have inferior turbinate surgery performed along with septoplasty to address all breathing issues. The outpatient procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia can be used in some cases. The surgeon will start off by making incisions inside of the nose in the lining of the turbinate to gain access to the various structures. Depending on the patient’s case, the underlying turbinate bone can be removed or minimized. A heat source is often used to manipulate the bone. The incision will be closed and the nose will be packed or splints will be placed. The entire surgery takes from 1 to 1.5 hours.

how long is recovery after TURBINATE REDUCTION?

After surgery, patients can expect some pain, discomfort, nasal drainage, and stuffiness, but these symptoms should be mild and relatively short in duration. Pain medication, saline spray, and nasal irrigation can be used to alleviate symptoms. Normal activities can usually be resumed about 1 week following surgery. After that time, patients begin to notice a marked improvement in their breathing, report less sinus problems, and sleep better with less snoring.  

Turbinate Reduction FAQ

Is turbinate reduction permanent?

Turbinate reduction at Brissett Plastic Surgery is effective at providing long-term relief from nasal congestion and breathing difficulties. While it can significantly reduce the size of enlarged turbinates, individual responses to the procedure may vary. In some cases, the turbinates may gradually regrow over time, potentially requiring further treatment. However, many Houston, TX patients experience lasting results from this surgery.

Does turbinate reduction change the shape of the nose?

Turbinate reduction does not modify the exterior part of the nose. This surgical procedure only alters enlarged turbinates inside the nasal cavity. As a result, patients in Houston, TX can enjoy improved nasal function without any noticeable changes to their facial aesthetic appearance.

Can you blow your nose after turbinate reduction?

After undergoing turbinate reduction, Dr. Anthony E. Brissett will advise you to avoid blowing your nose for up to a week. There may be some mild nasal congestion or sensitivity, and blowing the nose forcefully can potentially disrupt the healing process. As the healing progresses, you can gradually resume normal activities, including gentle nose blowing.

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