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
"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 did my septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgery because I was having breathing issues due to deviated septum and a hump on the nose bridge. Initially I was scared to get the septoplasty surgery because I heard a lot of scary stories about nose surgeries going wrong. I went to almost all famous Nose Surgeons in Dallas and all the doctors that I met, they didn't paid enough attention to my case and all were like it is what it is, get it done if you are willing to because yes there are consequences and results. Dr. White was the7th and the last doctor I consulted and I never felt safest and I got trust in him immediately. He explained me entire process of surgery in detail and ensure me that everything will go well. He explained me what steps he will take to remove the hump and align deviated septum. Yes he gave me disclaimers but also ensured me that I am in safe hands and he will do his best to get my nose in proper alignment. All my friends and family suggested me not to get the surgery done and shared me all the unsuccessful nose surgery pictures and videos. But after I met Dr.White I got the confidence to go for the surgery and knew that everything will go well. I took all the courage to get it done and today I can't thank enough to doctor after seeing the results. Its been 1 year now, my nose is in better shape and I can breathe effortlessly then before. My family and myself we all are very happy with the final results. I would 100% recommend Dr.White because he is the best and expert in all types of services he is offering."- J.K. / Google / Jul 19, 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.