If your breathing is affected by enlarged turbinates, then inferior turbinate reduction could open the nose and allow you to breathe better. Kaete Archer, MD FACS, President and Founder of the Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery in New York, is a double board- certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic facial surgery and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions. For the answers to your breathing difficulties, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Turbinates are bony structures on each side of the nose that are covered in mucosa. There is a superior turbinate, middle turbinate and inferior turbinate. The turbinates play a role in nasal airflow. In particular, the inferior turbinate is an important part of the internal nasal valve. When the inferior turbinate is enlarged or swollen (hypertrophic turbinate), patients may experience nasal obstruction, nasal congestion or stuffiness.
Many factors can cause inferior turbinate hypertrophy. Common causes include allergies and sinus infections. Dr. Archer will discuss your nasal history and perform an examination of the nose to evaluate underlying causes.
Inferior turbinate hypertrophy can be treated with medical and surgical options. Medical options include nasal sprays and allergy treatments. Dr. Archer offers several surgical treatments for enlarged turbinates including coblation, submucosal resection, and partial resection.