Nasal turbinates are structures inside the sinuses made of bone and soft tissues. The regulate airflow through the nose, and warm and humidify the air you breathe in before it goes to your lungs. These structures are enlarged and swollen (hypertrophic) in many patients. This can be due to genetics, chronic environmental irritants, allergies, hormones, or certain medications. Nasal turbinate hypertrophy can cause breathing impairment, headache, and nasal stuffiness which is difficult to control with medication.
We offer nasal turbinate coblation for a permanent solution to these concerns. Turbinate coblation uses a long, thin device to provide quick radiofrequency energy to the swollen turbinates. This energy causes the turbinate to shrink, allowing for more space to breathe through the sinuses. This procedure can be performed comfortably under local anesthesia in our office, or combined with another cosmetic or functional surgery for the nose.