Turbinates are bony structures covered with soft tissue on the sides of the inner nose that regulate airflow and protect the inner nasal anatomy. If you suffer from enlarged turbinates, you are familiar with experiencing its effects, such as chronic sinus infections and nosebleeds, difficulty breathing and snoring. At Fayetteville Plastic Surgery & Cape Fear Aesthetics you can be treated in various ways. We offer these treatments to residents of Fayetteville, Sanford, Lumberton, Holly Springs, and the neighboring areas of North Carolina.
What is Turbinate Hypertrophy?
Turbinate hypertrophy, inferior turbinate hypertrophy and nasal turbinate hypertrophy are descriptions of similar conditions where the tissue on the outside (lateral) walls of the nose is too large, and cause nasal obstruction. The turbinate tissue is composed of rich groups of blood vessels that may become very swollen due to many factors. Some of these factors include allergies, upper respiratory infections, colds, inflammation and for other unknown reasons as well.
The major function of Turbinates are to control the airflow inside your nose.
How is Turbinate Hypertrophy treated?
Turbinate hypertrophy is treated in various ways, including medications and allergy testing, surgery or even a combination of these methods. You will be given treatment recommendations based on your evaluation during your consultation visit.
What to expect from Turbinate reduction surgery?
Turbinate reduction surgery should correct the problem of nasal obstruction by reducing the turbinate size and decreasing airway resistance and at the same time preserving the natural function of the turbinates themselves. Ultimately, treating enlarged turbinates will improve nasal breathing and overall health.
What is the recovery process like?
Recovery periods vary for each patient who undergoes turbinate reduction surgery. Turbinate reduction recovery also varies depending on the size of different turbinates. For more invasive types of turbinate reduction surgeries, recovery can take between three to six months. For less invasive turbinate reductions, you can expect to recover fairly quickly and experience mild pain. Either way, the scar tissue inside your nose should heal in place three weeks after the procedure itself. You will need to avoid bleeding and swelling, therefore you will need to avoid strenuous activities as well as not blowing your nose for a few weeks post-surgery.
What can I expect from the results?
You can expect great things from turbinate reduction surgery. Because the turbinates are reduced in size, the inflammation and swelling that was once present will subside and disappear. Breathing will become easier and you won’t suffer from allergies, respiratory infections and colds, the way you did before your turbinate reduction surgery.
How much is the cost for Turbinate reduction surgery?
Turbinate reduction surgery is offered as one of our insurance procedures here at Fayetteville Plastic Surgery & Cape Fear Aesthetics. This procedure is typically covered by insurance providers, meaning that patients have to pay little to no out-of-pocket expenses to receive this procedure, contact us to schedule a private consultation. During your consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for treatment and the amount of coverage you are eligible for. We accept many forms of payment and insurance, and also offer flexible financing options for our patients’ convenience.