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.
"I have been a patient of Dr. Anthony Brissett’s since 2015. Simply put, he is the only person I will now trust with my face. I’ve had both surgical procedures and minor cosmetic rejuvenation. I loved the changes, healed quickly, and no one was the wiser. My best friend probably stated it best: “I wouldn’t have known except you told me. You look like you-only better.” When I’ve had fillers done, I barely bruise if at all. Since starting with Dr. Brissett, I’ve referred friends, students, my husband, and my mother-in-law to him. Dr. Brissett was recommended to me by a well renowned surgeon initially, so I fully expected him to be a wonderfully skilled physician. However, I never expected him to be so warm and caring; hands down he has the best bedside manner I’ve ever seen in a medical professional. Likewise, his staff is amazing: Roxanna, Andrea, Regina, and Rachel are so friendly and accommodating; Annie (his esthetician) does fabulous work as well! Do yourself a favor - book an appt!"- L. / Healthgrades / Jan 24, 2020
"Dr.Brissett, his staff and everyone I encountered at Methodist were wonderful."- Anonymous / Other / Dec 01, 2019
"I am a patient of Dr. Brissett. I had a lower face lift and neck lift on December 17, 2019. Dr. Brissett, Regina, Andrea, Roxanne, Rachel, Annie and his entire staff have been amazing. Dr. Brissett is truly an artist in his work. When I met with Dr. Brissett, he listened to me and understood what I was concerned about. All of my expectations have been met and I am so grateful to him for fixing my problem which I was so self conscious about. I am so thankful to have found Dr. Brissett as he has all of the finest qualities you will find in a person and in someone who will be working on your face. I will forever be grateful to him."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jan 09, 2020
"Dr. Brissett took over my case in 2006 when I moved to Houston. In the 13+ years we have been together, he has remained a constant advocate for my continued care - which is residual paralysis/nerve damage & spasms due to 2 Bell's Palsy events in my early 30s. In that time, he and his team have always been consistent (and exceptional) in their delivery and care. Dr. Brissett was familiar with all facets of my issue/case and took the time to contact my previous surgeon. He is also one of the kindest people I have ever met who has a genuine heart in his care. From my first phone call (after an internet search for someone who understood my specific issue) to Andrea (Dr. B's Sr. Patient Care Coordinator) - who quickly got my on his schedule - I knew I was in great hands. She was knowledgeable about my issue and her welcoming tone let me know I had come to the right place - fast forward to 2019 and she is still with Dr. Brissett. Love his staff - especially Regina and Annie! (always there)"- D.S. / Healthgrades / Dec 23, 2019
"Dr Brissett does my general cosmetic maintenance and recently did a lower facelift. I have had friends look bruised and sore for weeks. I only had one very slight bruise on my neck because of his impeccable methods. The results are natural and I couldn’t be more pleased. A friend said “you look like you but rested and brighter.” The experience was made that much better by his staff - Regina and her kind and thorough assistance. Annie and her massages to help with swelling. Andrea always being a phone call away, making sure that you understand what is to take place and, generally, just being the cog that keeps things humming. A phenomenal doctor and a phenomenal staff behind him."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Dec 21, 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.
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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.