Millions of people in the United States live with conditions that can obstruct their nasal airways. This can make it challenging to breathe properly through the nose. The treatment of this condition usually involves invasive surgery necessitating general anesthesia.
The only non-surgical options available to patients until now were drugs and breathing strips that provide temporary relief and surgeries that are painful, invasive, and usually, have a prolonged recovery period. However, a new technology, one that is non-invasive and virtually painless, is now emerging as a viable replacement for surgery.
Vivaer Nasal Airway Remodeling is a treatment that can be undertaken in the ENT doctor’s office or clinic to enable patients to breathe more easily.
Board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides Vivaer to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.
This procedure delivers controlled energy to constrict and reduce tissue within the nose to enhance breathing. It does not involve any cuts or extended recovery. The nasal valve region is gently and permanently reshaped using RF energy. The patient will experience a noticeable improvement in nasal breathing instantly after the treatment.
Vivaer Nasal Airway Remodeling can be undertaken in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The procedure takes around 30 minutes or less to complete with minimal disruption of the patient’s routine.
- Quick, convenient, and straightforward
- Undertaken in a comfortable office setting
- Necessitates only local anesthesia
- It takes less than 30 minutes to complete the procedure
- A patient can resume their routine almost immediately after the treatment
Clinically Proven Outcomes
According to clinical studies, 94 percent of patients experience better breathing with significant associated improvements in nasal airflow, NOSE scores (Nasal Obstruction Symptom Evaluation), and quality of life. Studies also indicate 88 percent overall patient satisfaction as well as zero percent device related poor effects.
Patients report that Vivaer addressed their lifelong breathing problem in a matter of minutes. The procedure does not take even 30 minutes, from beginning to completion, including the numbing and the treatment. After the healing is complete, patients can breathe much better.
How the Device Works
This procedure uses the Vivaer Nasal Airway Remodeling device, which was developed by Aerin Medical, the company that sponsored the clinical trial. This device effectively uses precise energy to reshape nasal passages enabling better airflow.
However, to understand which regions need to be reshaped for particular patients, the company partnered with specialists at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Division of Otolaryngology.
The company was specifically interested in the work researchers had undertaken in the area of computational fluid dynamics. It is a computer-based algorithm that essentially enables one to view how air flows through a tube, through a cavity, or over the top of something.
Easier than Typical Surgery
In this procedure, a CT scan of the patient’s nasal cavity is taken. After that, and otolaryngologist establishes how specific areas could be reshaped for optimal airflow. Subsequently, the patient’s nose is numbed for surgery, and RF energy is used to reshape the nasal airway.
Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for Vivaer.
For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.