Inside the nose are bones called turbinates that are responsible for cleaning and humidifying the air before it moves into your lungs.
An Overview of Turbinate Reduction
To perform among the best turbinate reduction Beverly Hills has to offer, Dr. Lee will begin by administering either local anesthesia or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety. During your initial consultation, she will provide you with the risks and benefits of each option, and help you select the one that is in your best interest. In many cases, Dr. Lee will perform a turbinate reduction and a deviated septum at the same time, as these conditions typically occur simultaneously. To begin, she will use an ultra thin instrument with a camera and a light attached to the end (an endoscope), to visualize the structures inside the nose. She will then make a small incision in the lining of the turbinate, before removing a minute piece of bone to resolve the condition and restore normal breathing. If a septoplasty to correct your deviated septum is also being performed, Dr. Lee will make another incision inside the nostril and lift the tissue that covers the septum.
Through that opening, she will shift the deviated septum so it is positioned normally, as well as remove any pieces of bone or cartilage that may be contributing to your condition. As she specializes in cartilage sparing techniques, Dr. Lee will remove the smallest amount of cartilage possible to achieve an optimal outcome and preserve your ability to undergo a cosmetic rhinoplasty in the future.
Once both your deviated septum and turbinate reduction have been performed, she will place stitches to support the structures and insert bandages inside your nose to prevent post-operative bleeding and ensure a smooth healing process. Once you’ve healed from surgery, you can expect a vast improvement in the symptoms associated with your enlarged turbinates and deviated septum. For example, your breathing will be easier, pain will dissipate and your headaches, nosebleeds, postnasal drip, snoring and more will subside.