Can nasal breathing be significantly improved without surgery?

The good news:

YES, It can definitely be improved without surgery!



Vivaer procedure improves breathingLiving with nasal obstruction can be a frustrating experience, affecting both physical well-being and quality of life. In the past, the only solution to such issues involved invasive surgical procedures. However, recent advancements in medical technology have introduced a revolutionary nonsurgical nasal procedure called Vivaer®. In this blog post, we will delve into the Vivaer® procedure, its benefits, and how it is transforming the way we address nasal obstruction.

What is the Vivaer® Nonsurgical Nasal Procedure?

The Vivaer® procedure is a cutting-edge medical technique that utilizes radiofrequency energy to treat nasal airway obstruction without the need for surgery. Unlike traditional surgical procedures, Vivaer® is minimally invasive and can be performed in the office, using only local anesthesia, similar to the type of anesthesia used for minor dental procedures. This innovative procedure specifically targets the underlying causes of nasal obstruction, improving airflow and enhancing breathing comfort.

How Does the Vivaer® Procedure Work?

During the Vivaer®procedure, a thin and flexible catheter is inserted into the nasal passage. The catheter delivers controlled radiofrequency energy to targeted areas, such as the nasal valve, septum, and/or nasal turbinates. This gentle energy stimulates collagen production and tightens the soft tissues, resulting in increased nasal passage stability and improved airflow. The procedure is customized to address each patient’s unique nasal anatomy, providing personalized and effective results.

Benefits of the Vivaer®Procedure:

  1. Non-surgical and Minimally Invasive: Unlike traditional nasal surgeries, the Vivaer® procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive. It involves no incisions, which means reduced risk, shorter procedure time, and a quicker recovery period. Patients can expect minimal discomfort and can resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure.
  2. Enhanced Breathing and Quality of Life: The primary goal of the Vivaer® procedure is to improve nasal airflow and alleviate symptoms associated with nasal obstruction. Patients often experience enhanced breathing, reduced congestion, improved sleep quality, and an overall improvement in their quality of life.
  3. Customized Treatment: Each Vivaer® procedure is tailored to address the individual patient’s specific nasal anatomy and obstruction issues. By targeting the precise areas causing obstruction, such as the nasal valve or deviated septum, the procedure provides targeted and effective results.
  4. Long-lasting Results: The effects of the Vivaer® procedure are typically long-lasting. As the nasal tissues remodel and regenerate collagen, the improvements in nasal airflow can persist for years, providing patients with a durable solution to their nasal obstruction.  Studies show benefit out to two years, and even longer term studies are ongoing.  In addition, the procedure can safely be repeated after 6-12 months, should additional improvement be desired.
  5. Risks of the Vivaer® Procedure: While the Vivaer® procedure is generally safe and well-tolerated, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks. These can include temporary swelling, bruising, or mild discomfort after the procedure. However, serious complications are rare, and patients can discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider before undergoing the procedure.

Success Rate of Vivaer®:

The success rate of the Vivaer®procedure varies depending on the specific nasal conditions being treated and the patient’s anatomy. Studies have shown that almost all patients experience substantial improvement in nasal airflow and symptom relief after undergoing the procedure.

Difference between Vivaer® and Surgery:

One key distinction between Vivaer®and traditional nasal surgery is that Vivaer®is an office procedure which does not require anesthesia, nor does it require that time be taken off of work or exercise.  Surgery involves incisions, more tissue manipulation, and often general anesthesia. This means that Vivaer®offers a less invasive alternative, with reduced risks, shorter recovery time, and no external scarring.

A discussion with Dr Irvine can determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure.