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 had issues with headaches and sinus due to deviated septum. I had been to physician consults before but never felt confident in the surgeon. I was recommended to Dr. White so I researched his reviews and set up a consultation. Dr. White's explanation of the procedure and process made me confident and my surgery and recovery was unbelievable. Others who had the procedure said to expect swelling and bruising. The best thing was I had neither. I wish I had known about Dr. White sooner. Now I can breath and have no sinus issues. I would highly recommend Dr. White and his professional staff for any procedure you might be considering."- N.M. / Google / Oct 22, 2021
"The most important factor in obtaining a good result from your cosmetic surgery is the surgeon you choose to perform it. I am so proud of the decision I’ve made to choose Dr. White. If I had researched this much for my schoolwork, I would have gotten A’s on my papers. This is probably the only good thing that happened in my life in 2020!I had rhinoplasty second week of June. I cannot emphasize enough how happy I am. I had no pain, mild congestion (of course!). Not any surgeon would have done this, you need an artist and a real doctor like Dr. White. The only uncomfortable part was the sleeping position. Besides the shape and size, the best part is that I can breathe!! I already like it with the swelling, and I know I’m going to love it when the swelling goes down."- P. / Healthgrades / Aug 03, 2020
"Dr. White and his entire staff (Melanie, Jamie, and Ashley) were absolutely amazing during my entire rhinoplasty process. Dr. White's sublime skills as a surgeon are equaled by the stellar professionalism of his staff. Highly, strongly, and without hesitation recommend Dr. White."- J.Z. / Google / Nov 05, 2021
"I just left Dr. White’s office, and as always, they are just amazing. I had a rhinoplasty done recently. The entire experience with Dr White, Melanie and his whole staff was wonderful and I’m already so happy with the results. Dr White is so personable and caring and really takes the time to spend with you and discuss what to expect during and after your procedure. I particularly love how meticulous he is with his work, especially with scarring. I am getting ready to have my tummy tuck done next week. I know I am in good hands with Dr White and his staff and look forward to getting this one done so I can move on to my breast lift. Haha"- K.E. / Google / Dec 01, 2021
"Dr. White is truly a master at his craft. I had a septo, rhino, and turbinoplasty done by him a month ago. I was hesitant since I’ve never had a surgery or any sort and anesthesia scared me for that reason but he has an amazing anesthesiologist Dr.Zipper who made it feel like it was nothing cause I was out and up within 5 minutes and my surgery was done. It was insane to me. My results are so good it’s honestly scary I had no idea that this is what breathing is supposed to feel like. This was the most beneficial thing I could’ve ever done for myself and I’m so glad I picked Dr.White. From the start he explained everything I needed and what he thought would benefit me and I’m glad I listened it’s been a month so I’m still a bit swollen but the results speak for themselves. He and his whole staff is super attentive and caring about you before,during, and after the surgery. It also helps that they’re all good looking people which honestly was a factor to why I picked him over other doctors who seemed like they didn’t care about who they hired or the patients. Incredibly happy with my decision and my new functioning nose is all I could ever ask for and more."- S.F. / Google / Jan 28, 2022
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.