Facial plastic surgeons and nose experts, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm often perform inferior turbinate reduction surgery for Houston patients to improve breathing. The procedure is commonly done at the same time as septoplasty surgery. Turbinate hypertrophy is a nasal condition that is the result of an enlargement of the turbinates. These represent the small structures within the nose that allow air to safely pass through the nostrils to the lungs. When the turbinates become swollen and enlarged, patients experience symptoms such as blocked nasal breathing, chronic sinus infections, nosebleeds, and severe sleep apnea because of the obstruction. During turbinate surgery, the surgeon reduces the size of the turbinate, which decreases airway resistance.
What Patients Should Look For
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are both board-certified otolaryngologists (surgeons of the ear, nose, throat, head, and neck). This means that they have spent more time studying and operating on the anatomical aspects of the nose, where turbinate issues occur, than general surgeons or surgeons of another speciality. Patients should look for surgeons with the proper training and extensive experience when considering this procedure. Our doctors each perform over a hundred nasal surgeries every year, many of which include septoplasty with inferior turbinate reduction surgery. Renowned for their expertise, operative skill, and scrupluous standards, they draw patients (many who are fellow doctors or medical professionals) from the local Houston area, across the United States, as well as from around the world.
Patients can expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours with us during their turbinate reduction consultation. Our doctors take pride in the highest level of thoroughness. Because other nasal and facial conditions may be present if a patient is having difficulty breathing, we provide a comprehensive medical exam of the nose and face, as well as a special rhinometry test. If additional issues are found, frequently these conditions can be corrected alongside turbinate reduction surgery.
Turbinate Reduction Reviews
"I LOVE Dr. Kridel and his staff. It came to my attention less than a year ago that my 12 year old daughter had been suffering from a severe deviated septum as well as over-sized turbinates due to terrible allergies. As a mother, I felt awful not to have caught this sooner so I was determined to do my research and find the right doctor for the job. I was happy to find Dr. Kridel! He is a facial plastic surgeon but his specialty is rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. I found that people from all over come to Dr. Kridel to fix other doctors's mistakes! Our visit to his office was nothing but first class. I had MANY questions which he answered with ease and care. He took his time and made sure we knew what to expect. My daughter had the surgery in January 2014 which included septoplasty and turbinate reduction. The results were outstanding. At every check-up I was amazed with the change. At two months out, she has little to no swelling and can actually breathe again:) Thank u Dr. Kridel!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 17, 2014
"Kendra was very patient and comforting from the first phone call. It is very terrifying for me to be a patient and I had a lot of concerns and anxiety. Dr. Sturm was super great and always took her time to listen. I could easily say I wish I had done the surgery sooner, but I probably wouldn’t have found Dr. Sturm earlier—so I’m very glad I waited! I feel like super girl with my new breathing! It was ALL worth it! Thanks y’all!"- J.B. / Office Visit / Sep 22, 2016
"After my first rhinoplasty (elsewhere) I was not happy with the results and my breathing got worse. Dr. Kridel performed a revision rhinoplasty and was able to improve the appearance of my nose. He also did a septoplasty and turbinate reduction to improve my breathing. It has been 5 weeks since my procedure and I already notice a significant difference. I am very pleased with my results."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 03, 2016
"Dr. Sturm is a talented and compassionate surgeon. I trust her with my face and feel confident recommending her to friends and family. She doesn't believe in a "cookie cutter" look and assesses patients based on their unique beauty. I went to Dr. Sturm for a rhinoplasty, but she also improved my breathing with a septoplasty and turbinate reduction. Dr. Sturm didn't rush any aspect of my initial consultation and made me feel comfortable enough to pick a surgery date at the end of my initial visit. After spending more time looking at my mock up "after" picture, I went back into the office before my surgery date to discuss the slope of my nose. Dr. Sturm happily showed me a version that had a slight upturn at the tip and helped me decide the ultimate result. Years later, I still love my nose and am grateful that I chose Dr. Sturm!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jul 30, 2019
Turbinate Surgical Technique
Inferior turbinate reduction takes place in conjunction with septoplasty. The procedure takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to perform. The incisions are generally made inside the nose. Endoscopy is the most common way to complete the surgical process. This allows a clear visualization of the inside of the nose, along with a magnifying mechanism so that the incision in the lining mucosa of the turbinate can be made carefully and precisely. The underlying bone of the turbinate will be removed or reduced, and the incision closed.
After Turbinate Reduction
There is usually very little swelling, bruising or discomfort after surgery. If the septoplasty with inferior turbinate reduction surgery is combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery, the procedure will take longer, and the recovery period will also be longer. Patients can return to work and normal activities, except strenuous exercise, in less than a week. Patients often remark that they are able to breathe better, experience less sinus complications, and that they are able to sleep well.
Turbinate Reduction Cost
Some insurance companies may cover the costs associated with turbinate reduction procedures since they may be medically necessary for the nose to function properly. Our office will work with you and your insurance provider to establish what benefits you have that relate to the “functional” portions of the operation. Insurance companies do not cover cosmetic portions, if, for example, a patient has rhinoplasty performed at the same time. The average cost for inferior turbinate reduction surgery is between $2,000-$3,500.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,000 - $2,800
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Will the Nose Look Different?
The inferior turbinate reduction procedure is performed to improve nose functionality. It will not change the look of the nose. Patients who do not have symptoms, as earlier mentioned for this surgery, but desire an improved nose appearance, should consider a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure.
Because a turbinectomy alters the nasal area, patients frequently also ask to have their noses aesthetically enhanced at the same time with cosmetic nose surgery. Septoplasty is always combined with inferior turbinate reduction surgery to correct a deviated septum and breathing difficulties. Combining multiple procedures increases the operative complexity and should only be attempted by experienced, qualified, and skillful nose surgeons.