About 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.
"Prompt and efficient. I never feel rushed when I come in for an appointment. The office staff is warm and professional....Dr. Brissett is awesome."- M.B. / Healthgrades / Oct 14, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Brissett's for numerous years. Dr. Brissett is not only a great plastic surgeon but he also has a wonderful personality and cares about his patients. I have had a couple of facial surgeries performed by Dr. B and have undergone rejuvenation procedures. My husband has had eyelid/forehead surgery and is very pleased with the results. You couldn't ask for better.His staff is great. It's a pleasure going there."- E.B. / Healthgrades / Oct 13, 2019
"Thank you Dr. Brissett and team for your amazing work! - Dr. Brissett is the BEST Facial Plastic Surgeon around!! I had a previous consultation with a different DR and was misdiagnosed and told my bump was a dermiod cyst and I’d have to have it cut out over the cyst which could leave a scar on my face. I decided to visit Dr. Brissett for a second opinion I’m so glad I did. Not only was it not a dermiod cyst but the procedure could be done at the hai..."- C. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2019
"I was involved in an accident and Dr. Brissett has been a great Dr.! Very good bedside manner and extremely knowledgeable, just look at his bio! Highly recommend!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 01, 2019
"Dr. Brissett Goes Above and Beyond in Making You Feel Comfortable! - I’m a female in college and woke up one morning with a hemangioma on my lip/chin. It was not the most pleasant thing to look at and was advised that it was best to get it removed. Finding the right surgeon was very important to me. I consulted with a lot of doctors that were not invested in my physical appearance, rather they were more concerned with getting the hemangioma out and the a..."- M. / RealSelf / Jan 09, 2019
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
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
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There can be many causes for your difficulty breathing, sinus problems, and restless sleeping. When the culprit is enlarged turbinates, our trained medical staff members have the tools to allow you to breathe easier. We would love for you to come in so we can discuss your options. Please contact us for a consultation today.