Turbinate Reduction – Nasal Concha Surgery (Inferior/Middle/Superior Turbinates) – Los Angeles, CA

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About Turbinate Reduction

Our committed, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, is here for you when you need a consultation for a turbinate reduction. You may have heard that rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, improve an enlarged turbinate condition. Your turbinates are thin, long nasal bones that stick out from the sides of the septum within the nasal cavity. Turbinates also appear as small, curled knobs on the ends. There are three forms of turbinates:

  • Superior turbinates
    The bones found in the upper part of the nose located between the eyes and nose are known as superior turbinates.
  • Middle turbinates
    Middle turbinates are found in the middle portion of the nose.
  • Inferior turbinates
    Inferior turbinates sit right atop the nostrils.

Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Keyes will evaluate your nose during an initial consultation to determine whether or not enlarged turbinates surgery is suitable for you. Some patients are referred to our practice for the treatment of atrophic rhinitis, which is a painful condition that requires surgery. 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. A procedure known as submucosal resection is a standard technique to treat enlarged turbinates.

Ideal Candidates

Dr. Keyes is accepting new patients for turbinate reduction, especially if you a referral from a physician who suspects that you have atrophic rhinitis. Turbinate reduction is a reshaping surgery that can address physiological problems that obstruct nasal breathing. A candidate for this surgery may also have a deviated septum. During the consultation, Dr. Keyes will do an examination, ask questions about your medical history, and discuss how he would approach your nasal condition.

Men, women, and children are all candidates for this surgery after other medical interventions have failed, including:

  • Allergy treatments
  • Prescribed oral and topical medications
  • Avoiding what is irritating your nasal passage

Surgery to reduce your enlarged turbinates may be the only option left if you have tried all of the above medical interventions. Treatment would alleviate problematic breathing through the nose, nosebleeds, snoring, interrupted sleep, loss of the sense of smell, and dry nose. 

Surgical Techniques

There are many ways to approach a turbinate reduction. Some nose surgeons believe turbinates should be completely removed while others will not remove anything involving the turbinates (but will outwardly fracture the turbinate to make a larger passageway). These surgical techniques take place in an operating room under anesthesia. If you also have a deviated septum, the surgeries can be performed at the same time.

Another technique is to only excise a section of the turbinate. Dr. Keyes would only take off a portion of the obstructing turbinate to ensure that adequate turbinate is left within the nose. The remaining turbinate will still warm and humidify the air entering the nose.

There are also techniques that will decrease the size of the turbinate without excision. Dr. Keyes can proceed with treatment with coblation, radiofrequency reduction, and cauterization. All of these procedures involve heating the turbinate with its respective specialized instrument. The heat causes the tissue to shrink and form scar tissue.

What to Expect

When you return home from the surgery, you should follow all of Dr. Keyes post-operative instruction you received to care for yourself (or a loved one). You may feel slightly sleep after the procedure. Take it easy as your nose begins the healing process. It is normal to have swelling, bruising, nosebleeds, and some drainage out of your nose for the first week. It is imperative for you to stay hydrated. Over-the-counter pain relievers should be sufficient for any discomfort you may feel after surgery.

If you have splints placed with a rhinoplasty, Dr. Keyes will have you back in his office for a follow-up appointment in about 6 – 7 days. If you do not have splints, Dr. Keyes will still have you in for a follow-up visit within the week to check your progress. If at any time you feel like you are having a negative reaction to the procedure (high fever, skin discoloration, infection, or abnormal breathing) please call for immediate medical attention.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does turbinate reduction cost?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to turbinate reduction and Dr. Keyes will give you a detailed treatment plan that outlines the procedures you need to do this nose surgery.

What does a turbinate do?
All the turbinates in your nose have an important job to perform. They warm and humidify the air you breathe through your nose. They also keep your nose from crusting or drying out, which is a very unpleasant condition.

Why don't you just take out all of the turbinates?
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 complete turbinate removal, this is more acceptable.

Is this a cosmetic surgery or a medical necessity?
Turbinate reduction is a nose reshaping surgery that can address the physiological problems hindering your ability to breathe properly. It can also enhance the shape of an individual’s nose for better proportion with other facial features. Many types of rhinoplasty techniques can be used to meet your unique requirements — for aesthetics or function. Dr. Keyes will discuss this with you in depth to determine how you would like to proceed in your treatment. 

For Your COnsideration

Schedule a turbinate reduction consultation in our Los Angeles, CA office of Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. today. Take control of your nasal health and reduce your risk of atrophic rhinitis with our turbinate reduction surgery. Dr. Keyes will relieve the turbinate barriers obstructing your breathing with his surgical skills. We look forward to meeting you at your appointment.

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