All turbinate reduction techniques are performed through the nostrils so there is no external incisions or scarring. Some involve an accurate “shaving” device to “debulk” some of the interior tissue of the inferior turbinate. This technique does not require temporary tissue injury associated with cautery and also preserves the physiologically important outer layer of the inferior turbinate.
It is important to remember that inferior turbinates are both bone and thick mucous membrane. In some patients, this bony component to enlargement of the turbinate has to be addressed as well. In these cases, the inferior turbinate can be approached by making a small incision along the front border to expose the underlying bone. The bone can then be partially resected and/or moved out to the side to help improve the nasal breathing- a process called “outfracture”.
At the Utah Center for Better Nasal Breathing, we approach each patient as an individual and will recommend the technique or techniques appropriate for their particular case of inferior turbinate enlargement.