If the turbinates located on the lowest section of the nose swell up too large, they can cause nasal obstruction, restricting airflow. This is referred to as Turbinate Hypertrophy.
Laser light or radiofrequency is aimed at the turbinate tissue through a needle-sized tool. As heat is applied to the turbinates, they become damaged. Through the heating process, the turbinates will shrink in size, leading to improved airflow.
The procedure can either be performed under general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with a sedative. It takes about 1 to 2 hours and post-operative pain can be treated with pain medication.
After proper healing, laser ablation can lead to smaller, narrower turbinates and increased airflow.