Inside the wall of the nose, there are 3 nasal turbinates made of bone and soft tissue that serve to filter and warm the air entering the body. Turbinates can become swollen and create problems such as chronic sinus infections, sleep apnea, restricted breathing, and nosebleeds. Dr. Steven White, a double board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Dallas area, brings relief to his patients by performing a turbinoplasty, also known as an inferior turbinate reduction. This surgery will reduce the size of the turbinates or remove them, which will decrease resistance in the patient’s airway and the nose will be able to properly pass air from the nostrils into the lungs.
"For years I have had breathing problems. Dr. White quickly diagnosed the reason for my breathing issues. He performed surgery to reduce the size of the turbinates in my nose. He thoroughly explained the procedure so there was no doubt as to what would happen. The process went exactly as Dr. White explained. He and his staff were superb in making me comfortable with the process. After the surgery I was amazed at how much better I could breathe. Sinus infections are also a thing of the past. I can't thank Dr. White and his staff enough for making a real life change in my breathing. I highly recommend Dr. White and I recommend considering this procedure if the conditions warrants."- R.J. / Google / Sep 30, 2014
"Just to say THANK-YOU cannot express the gratitude we feel Dr. White. On April 6, 1998, we were blessed with the birth of our second child, a 6 lb 9oz boy ‚Äì Chance. For the next two years, he battled with ear infections, sinus infections, and constant sore throats. We had tubes put in his ears and he was on constant antibiotics. At the young age of two, Chance underwent allergy testing. This was a painful adventure for a young child who did not understand and for the parents who could not explain. Mom is allergic to dust, pollen, grass, cedar and others. Dad is allergic to molds, oak, elms, pine, grass, and more. Unfortunately, Chance is allergic to all of the above. For the next two years, Chance took allergy shots and was on constant prescription allergy medications. We stopped the shots after two years, when he begged to stop and we as parents could not see any progress. We did continue with the allergy medicines. Since the age of two, Chance has taken almost every type of allergy medicine on the market, prescription and over-the-counter. Fortunately, he has never let his allergies slow him down or used it as an excuse to stop enjoying life. Before his operation, his allergies were so bad that he was taking an adult dose of ZYRTEC in the morning and SINGULAIR in the evening. During the course of the day, 40 to 50% of the time he would take TYLENOL SINUS or SUDAFED. It was breaking our hearts!! Then we met you and your staff. Everyone made us feel like family and it was obvious there was sincere concern and dedication in helping our son. At your office you recognized Chance had matured at the ripe old age of seven and probably knew more about allergy medications than most adults. You spoke directly to him about the potential Turbinate Operation. You explained everything clearly so that we all could understand. We appreciate the extra time you spent with us explaining the procedure. You were so careful not to build our expectations too high. In leaving your office, on the elevator down, Chance said I want to do it!! I am ready!! We talked with him and between ourselves for several days. We spoke with our family doctor. Even though he was not familiar with the procedure, he agreed we had to do something for our son. WHAT A GREAT FACILITY!! WHAT A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE!! It was obvious Chance was ready and his parents were nervous. WHAT A GREAT STAFF!! After leaving the Surgery Center, Chance needed no pain medication. He told us his nose was stuffy like when he would play outside. Ten days later your removed the splints in your office. On the way home Chance was so excited he would show us how well he could already breathe. WOW!! April 13th 2006 (2 ¬O months after surgery)Chance has not had a single dose of any type of allergy medicine since the operation. YES!!! NO ‚Äì ALLEGRA NO ‚Äì ZYRTEC NO ‚Äì SINGULAIR NOT EVEN A SINGLE TYLENOL SINUS!!!! About thirty days after the operation, he came home from school with a headache. Out of instinct, mom went to give a Tylenol Sinus. Chance said Mom, I don't need Tylenol Sinus, I just need a Tylenol. WOW! What a change!!! I know it is hard to believe, but he has literally stopped taking ANY allergy medications!! Our lives have changed. Our pharmacist asked if we had changed pharmacies because we were no longer buying Chance's medicines from him. Our son has always awoke in the middle of the night and came into our room complaining of not being able to sleep. He now sleeps through the entire night!!!! It is difficult for you to see the drastic change in ours son's health and well-being during the short visits in your office, but he truly has a new lease on life with new found energy. He can play outside without any concerns! He wakes rested and ready for each day with new gusto!! His life has changed ‚Äì Just ask him!!! Please express our appreciation to the Surgery Center for their professionalism and, most of all, their compassion. These words cannot express our feelings, we will be forever indebted!!!!"- D. H / Office Visit / Jul 04, 2009
"I went to Dr. White for a rhinoplasty/turbinoplasty/septoplasty in January. Everything was excellent, from consult, to operation day, to post-op. Dr. White himself, office and administration, and the nurses and hospital staff were all highly professional and friendly. I was very scared before the procedure because I'm an anxious person in general, but everything went about as smoothly as possible. The results are great, my nose is natural looking and more functional. Thank you Dr. White and staff!"- G.U. / Google / Mar 18, 2016
"Dr. White is amazing. I've worked with him and other surgeons in the Dallas area for over 5 years and I consider him a friend and have tremendous respect for his surgical ability and prowess. He diagnosed my nasal obstruction and was able to clear my nose for the first time in years. I am so happy and breathing easy!"- G.G. / Yelp / Feb 25, 2013
"The confidence and faith I put in you, Dr. White, surpassed my expectations. What a blessing to the patient, that you hold yourself to such a high standard. I also realized in this process that you are extremely cautious and protective, which made me feel safe. I could not be happier with the results of my cosmetic surgery and nose surgery. Thank you so much for better health and self-confidence. I truly believe you have a God given gift to restore people to their youth. How wonderful to be able to breathe and not be hypersensitive to allergies!"- K. K. / Office Visit / Jan 23, 2014
Dr. White performs an inferior turbinate reduction with the patient under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Small incisions are made inside the nose to allow the insertion of an endoscope and other tools that provide better accuracy and precision during the surgery. Dr. White will reduce or remove the turbinates and underlying bones as needed and then close the incisions. In some patients, Dr. White will perform a diathermy, which uses radio frequency to shrink the turbinates.
Patients should expect to have bloody discharge from the nose for the first few days after the surgery. Swelling and bruising will also be evident after the surgery, but will fade in 2 – 3 weeks as the patient begins to experience improved breathing and fewer sinus problems.
A turbinoplasty is a highly specialized and complicated surgery so the total cost can vary depending on each case. Some health insurance companies will pay a portion of the cost, so patients should give their insurance information to Dr. White so he and his staff can determine their coverage.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 - 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Diathermy or Surgery?
Dr. White will determine the best surgical technique based on the complexity of the patient’s condition. Dr. White will examine the patient during the initial consultation and then he will be able to recommend the best treatment for the patient.
Back to Normal
It may take up to a month for the effects of the turbinoplasty to be felt by the patient. However, patients will begin to notice better breathing and sinus function as well as improved sleep as the swelling and bruising from the surgery subside.
Will I Look the Same?
Since a turbinoplasty corrects the internal structure of the nose, most patients will not see a significant difference in the appearance of their nose. Some patients may notice that their nose is slimmer after the swollen turbinates are treated, but the only way to alter the outer appearance of the nose is a rhinoplasty.