Radiofrequency Turbinate Reduction Procedure
The turbinates are the fleshy shelves that are located on the inside of your nose. As these become enlarged from seasonal allergies, colds, or air irritants such as smoke, pollen, or animal dander, you may begin to fell increasingly congested. A turbinate reduction involves reducing the size of your turbinates to normal levels while not compromising their purpose of moisturizing, filtering, and warming the air that you breathe in.
Turbinate reduction can be done through a standard resection, which involves creating an incision in the soft tissue and removing a portion of the bone. While effective, this method does have its fair share of risks. Removing too little tissue or bone may do little to treat your symptoms, while too much can led to chronic nasal dryness and breathing problems. Fortunately, we at miVIP also employ radiofrequency reduction to treat an enlarged turbinate.
How it Works
Radiofrequency ablation is done using low-power radiofrequency energy to agitate or shake up the fleshy microscopic cells of the turbinate, causing them to dry and scar. The procedure is done as follows:
- The nose is numbed with cotton balls soaked in a topical ointment.
- After about 20 minutes, the freezing topical is again injected into the nose. Waiting another 5 – 10 minutes allows the nose to become completely numb.
- The radiofrequency needle is then inserted into the turbinate and touched to the surface. Each turbinate site is treated for about 10 seconds.
- Once done, the needle is removed, and the nose is washed out.
After a period of time, the outer layer of the turbinate will crust and shed, thus reducing in size and allowing you to breathe better through your nose.
Our Nasal Surgeons
At miVIP, it’s our privilege to work with surgeons such as Dr. Samuel Sohn and Dr. Warren Lent to provide our patients with world-class ENT services. Each of these doctors brings years of experience in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery to our facility. Couple that experience with the advanced treatment options available to you here at miVIP, and you truly can’t go wrong by working with us.
What to Expect with Your Recovery
Immediately following the procedure, you may feel some light pain and discomfort for a couple of days. Taking a nasal decongestant to reduce swelling and using a saline spray to keep the area moist should help to address that. A little bleeding is normal, but rapid bleeding may require nasal packing.
The difference in your breathing will be evident almost instantly, but the full effect may not be felt until the outer layer of turbinate sloughs off. Once complete, most are able to enjoy the effect of the procedure for years.
Let Our Patient Advocacy Team Help You with Your Insurance
Our exceptional patient advocacy team doesn’t want you to have to worry about the cost of the procedure. They’ll handle the details of benefit verification and insurance pre-authorization. In the event that you don’t have insurance coverage, they can work with you to develop a personalized financial plan.
We Want to Help You
Breathe easier with a radiofrequency turbinate reduction at miVIP. You’ll be glad that you did. Call us at 855-496-4847 to schedule your initial consultation right now.