Those who struggle to breathe whether or not it is allergy season for them may benefit from a Newport Beach Balloon Rhinoplasty. This procedure can open the passageways to the sinuses, releasing built-up mucous and sinus pressure. It can decrease the number of sinus infections that the individual experiences each year, decrease sinus headaches, relieve pressure and make breathing easier once again. The beauty of a Newport Beach Balloon Rhinoplasty is that it is noninvasive, meaning that patients will not be left with unsightly incisions or scars. In fact, overall, it is a very easy and quick procedure that can be done in under an hour.
Dr. Tavoussi, who practices at the OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique in Newport Beach, performs this and other outpatient procedures at the nearby Pacifica Outpatient Surgery Center, which boasts state-of-the-art surgical suites and a secure setting. Patients will be told to arrive at a certain time and will then be prepped for the procedure. Because it is noninvasive, most patients will only require a local anesthetic to numb the nose and throat and minimize procedural discomfort. Following the short procedure, patients will recuperate briefly at the surgery center before being sent home to rest.
The procedure itself requires no incisions. Dr. Tavoussi slips a narrow catheter through the nasal passageways until he reaches the area of blockage. He then inflates the balloon located on the tip of the catheter to open up the passageway. This is done slowly and gently. Once the affected nasal passageways are widened, the balloon is deflated, and the catheter is removed. Newport Beach patients may notice that they have increased mucous drainage for the next few days as their sinuses clear. Some may also have a bit of bleeding or swelling for the first day or two following the procedure. Some over-the-counter pain medication and a nasal saline spray should take care of these issues. Patients will also feel better resting with their heads elevated following the procedure.