What is a turbinectomy?
Patients at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, who have turbinate hypertrophy, a condition where the turbinates are swollen, experience constricted nasal breathing, chronic sinus infections, sleep apnea, and nosebleeds. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi performs an inferior turbinate reduction, or turbinectomy, to reduce airway resistance and decrease a turbinates’ size. After a turbinectomy, the small structures within the nose will be able to pass air safely through the nostril to the lungs.
"Rhinoplasty, Partial Turbinectomy and Septoplasty - Henderson, NV - I had moderate to severe deviation of septum, large middle and inferior turbinates, which caused me partial blockage of nasal airway and trouble breathing, and was not happy with the esthetics of my nose. The partial blockage of nasal airway was evident in my CBCT scan. I visited Dr. Khorsandi for a consultation. He did a clinical exam and took facial photographs and digitally morphed them using a high tech software in 3D. After reviewing the morphed photos, I decided to schedule the surgery with him. He took his time in the operating room operating on me. I had my last follow up visit with him today. I am happy with the esthetic and functional outcome.Christopher is a caring professional. I am happy I chose him.-Simon Yashari, DDS, MBA"- S. / RealSelf / Apr 15, 2015
"I had a great experience with VIP Plastic Surgery and Dr. Khorsandi. I am a cosmetic dentist dentist so you can imagine the bar for another doctor to do anything on me is pretty high. But I liked that he had so many positive reviews that specifically mentioned Rhinoplasty, the procedure I wanted. So after a fair amount of research and going in for a consultation I was impressed enough to move forward. I am about three months out from the initial surgery and I am very happy. He was able to change the things I did not like like a drooping tip and wide base, without making it look like I "had work done." Even people that have known me for years cannot always tell what is different, they just know I look better. He gave me a nose that fits my face better, but doesn't have any obvious signs of past surgery which is exactly what I was looking for. I would highly recommend Dr. Khorsandi for rhinoplasty and septoplasty like I had done."- E.A. / Google / Feb 01, 2017
"It's been a year and a half since my rhinoplasty and I really feel like I should post another five star review because I am so grateful to Dr. Koryasandy and the work he did. I never ever had any problems and if something my nose is stronger, my breathing is better and not to talk about how Pretty it looks. For all my future procedures I know where to go, and I recommend this place to anybody who wants to look better."- A.O. / Yelp / Dec 30, 2017
"Best Experience with Rhino/septoplasty - I had a septo/rhinoplasty and turbinate reduction in July and I am one month out healing and feeling great! After having a deviated septum my entire life, I am amazed at my results cosmetically and most importantly I can breathe!! I only wish I would have done this way sooner. Dr. Khorsandi is, hands down, the best! I did a ton of research before deciding on a surgeon and i am so happy about..."- A. / RealSelf / Aug 25, 2018
"I just had a cosmetic Rhinoplasty done with Dr. Khorsandi he delivered on EVERYTHING he said he could do and would do what a great doctor, I am very happy with my results it was well worth it."- T.H. / Yelp / Nov 26, 2018
As a stand-alone procedure, a turbinectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The incisions are placed inside the nose so that the surgeon can use an endoscope and other surgical techniques with accuracy and precision. After the underlying bone and turbinate are removed or reduced, the surgeon will close the incision with sutures. Some surgeons may also use radio frequency trimming (diathermy) to decrease the size of the turbinate.
For the first few days after surgery, patients will experience a bloody discharge, swelling and bruising. They should subside after 2-3 weeks, and a normal breathing pattern should begin to take effect. Patients also begin to breathe easier, sleep well and experience less sinus problems.
Because inferior turbinate reduction is a complicated procedure, the cost of the surgery can run higher than most procedures. Patients can expect to pay between $10,000 and $15,000; however, some medical insurance companies may cover a portion of the costs. Patients are encouraged to ask about to their insurance coverage policy prior to the surgery to get a better estimate of the total cost.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,500 - $4,500
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Diathermy or Surgery?
A turbinectomy’s surgical technique will depend on the complexity of the patient’s medical condition. The surgeon will be able to give a full assessment of the patient’s nasal condition and determine the best surgical technique after the consultation exam.
Back to Normal?
The results from an inferior turbinate reduction will settle a month after surgery. Patients will notice normal breathing, sleeping and sinus functions after the swelling and bruising subside.
Will I Look the Same?
A turbinectomy improves the internal function of the nose. However, it may slightly slim the nose if a lot of swollen turbinates are reduced. Patients wanting to significantly improve the outward appearance of their nose should consider rhinoplasty.