During rhinoplasty, a turbinate reduction is frequently performed at the same time. The turbinates are structures that moisten the air as it passes through the nose. They can also become quite swollen during an allergy attack and lead to significant congestion, post nasal drip and obstruction.
With inferior turbinate reduction, the lateral aspect and bone of the turbinate is removed leaving the medial mucus producing size. This way, the turbinate can still function but will not be able to swell as much with allergies.
It is important not to over-resect the turbinates as they are critical to preventing a dry nose and creating “turbulent” flow of air in the nose to give the air time to be warmed and humidified.
Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.