Question About Revision Rhinoplasty

Is it possible to reduce the turbinates during revision rhino? Mine are still so swollen and i am constantly cleaning out mucous.

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Rhinoplasty revision and turbinate surgery

 Revision rhinoplasty and turbinate surgery can both be performed at same time. Revision rhinoplasty is considered cosmetic and must be paid for by the patient. Turbinate surgery is performed when patient's have failed medical management for nasal obstruction, and the turbinates are very enlarged on a permanent basis. Medical  necessity must be documented at time of examination and consultation. Turbinate surgery for Airway management is considered a medical necessity and can be billed to the patient's medical insurance.


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Turbinate reduction

Reduction of turbinates can certainly be performed at the same time as any nasal surgery - including rhinoplasty or septoplasty

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Turbinates can be treated at any time

Turbinate reduction can be performed at the time of a primary or revision rhinoplasty. Profuse mucus production does not necessarily mean that your turbinates need surgery. After any nasal surgery the turbinates can be swollen for weeks or months. Doing a reduction surgery on your turbinates before giving the nose a chance to heal may be premature. You should get an evaluation by an Otolaryngologist to determine the best course of action. I hope this helps.

Ivan Wayne, MD
Oklahoma City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Turbinate Reduction during Rhinoplasty Revision

If necessary, turbinate reduction can and should be done during your revision rhinolasty surgery. Discuss both functional and cosmetic problems with your surgeon.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Turnbinate reduction during revision rhinoplasty (secondary nose job)

Yes, it is possible to accomplish turbinate reduction during revision rhinoplasty. Excessive reduction could result in rhinitis sicca.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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