Concha Reduction

The conchae (plural) are the tissues inside the nose, which ensure healthy breathing. There are six conchae on average. Among them, the most active one is the organ called the inferior concha located in the undermost part of the nose. The conchae expand or shrink depending on whether the air inhaled is hot, cold or dirty. When those who are allergic to allergens inhale allergic materials (dust, pollen, mold, mushrooms, etc.), their conchae (particularly the inferior concha) swell. Air pollution and smoking are the other factors that cause the conchae to swell. In addition, sinusitis, nasal inflammation, and curvature of the nasal bone may cause concha swelling, as well.

The biggest symptom of concha swelling is nasal congestion. Since the air inhaled through the nose is inadequate, the mouth is opened unintentionally and the person breathes through the mouth. Therefore, the ambient air dries the mouth and the upper respiratory tract. This condition becomes more noticeable during sleep. Since the nasal breathing is not adequate, the lungs cannot get adequate amount of air, and therefore, cannot provide adequate amount of oxygen to the body. As a result, the body cannot rest enough since the tissues and organs cannot get adequate amount of oxygen. Waking up tired in the morning is one of the most important signs of such a condition. Since mouth breathing is performed throughout the night, the symptoms include dry mouth and a bad taste in the morning.

The radiofrequency procedure is the most commonly performed procedure in concha reduction. Radiofrequency leads to a considerable reduction of the concha within 3-4 weeks, by causing evaporation in the tissue. Radiofrequency can be easily applied within 5 to 10 minutes under local anesthesia. The patient can be discharged 10 minutes after the procedure. No pain is felt during and after the procedure but the desired effect is achieved within one to two weeks.