Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Turbinate reduction and Empty Nose

Some of my Houston rhinoplasty patients have fairly severe allergies and congestion which they would like resolved during their rhinoplasty. Enlarged turbinates can cause severe allergies and this congestion which can be treated during rhinoplasty. Partial turbinate reduction is an excellent option for these patients.

Many of these patients have done their research online and recognized that too much resection of the turbinates can be detrimental and lead to an issue termed empty nose syndrome. This is not too common in the humid Houston climate but turbinates are quite important in drier and colder climates.

It is important to leave the medial aspect of the turbinate and simply remove the bone and lateral aspect allowing for less congestion but still some resistance to airflow that lets you know air is moving through the nose.

Dr. Funk is a top rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, Texas.