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Rhinoplasty to Correct Enlarged Turbinates

Published on September 18, 2018 by

Rhinoplasty plastic surgery can help to correct the condition of enlarged turbinates. Turbinates are thin, long bones that protrude outwards from the sides of the shutterstock 88936747 200x300 - Rhinoplasty to Correct Enlarged Turbinatesseptum within the nasal cavity. Turbinates appear as small, curled knobs on the ends.

There are three forms of turbinates. The bones found in the upper part of the nose located between the eyes and nose are known as superior turbinates. Middle turbinates are found in the middle portion of the nose, while inferior turbinates sit right atop the nostrils.

The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s nose during the initial consultation to understand whether enlarged turbinates surgery is suitable for them. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.

Turbinate Rhinoplasty

Turbinate rhinoplasty can treat turbinates that are inflamed because of allergies or irritants. Sometimes the turbinate can become constricted if a deviated septum pushes it to a single side. This leads to the opposite turbinate becoming larger to compensate for the constricted turbinate which leads to further breathing problems.

Some surgeons believe in treating enlarged turbinates by eliminating tissue to decrease their size while others do not remove any tissue. Rather, the surgeon fractures the turbinate outwardly. Turbinates produce moisture and warm the air going into the nose for proper breathing.

At times, eliminating these turbinates leads to a painful condition called atrophic rhinitis.

But if the surgeon fractures a turbinate in the outward direction and away from the septum and positions it correctly, it produces a larger passageway. This enhances breathing and facilitates proper functioning of the turbinates.

Surgical Procedure

Different techniques can be used to reduce turbinate size. The surgery to correct the size of turbinates is commonly called turbinate resection or turbinate reduction. This surgery can take place in an operating room or the surgeon’s office. The surgeon will usually perform a septoplasty and turbinate resection at the same time.

It is vital not to eliminate the turbinate completely as this can affect the overall turbinate function. The full excision of a turbinate can cause a very crusty and dry nose. Sometimes the turbinate tissue re-grows after the procedure which will require additional surgical intervention. In comparison to a complete turbinate removal, this is more acceptable.

Some techniques can reduce turbinate size without the excision of turbinate tissue or bone. Coblation, radiofrequency reduction, and cauterization are some techniques to achieve this reduction. These techniques involve a portion of the turbinate being warmed with a specialized instrument. The turbinate shrinks after some time because scar tissue forms due to the process of heating.

A portion of the turbinate can be taken out using certain procedures. In performing these procedures, the surgeon must ensure that adequate turbinate is left within the nose. The remaining turbinate can warm and humidify the air entering the nose.

A procedure known as submucosal resection is a standard technique to treat enlarged turbinates. Committed double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and other towns and cities in The Golden State for rhinoplasty.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA. 

Serving Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County and surrounding areas of California.

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