Don’t let nasal congestion block up your routine! VivAer™ is an innovative, non-invasive procedure to relieve symptoms associated with nasal airway obstruction, or NAO. This system helps to reshape your nasal passage to improve airflow with minimal discomfort, so you can get back to the things you love without that “stopped-up” feeling that’s been holding you back.
VivAer™ is an FDA-approved treatment option for people experiencing nasal airway obstruction, also known as NAO. This procedure helps patients achieve significant, long-lasting relief from the constant congested feeling that an NAO can cause, all on an outpatient basis. This innovative treatment is now available to patients at Acadian Ear, Nose, Throat, & Facial Plastics Center!
What is a nasal airway obstruction (NAO)?
Nasal airway obstruction, or NAO, is often caused by swelling or inflamed tissue within the nasal cavity. The inflamed nasal tissue expands, narrowing the airway and can create a congested feeling that doesn’t go away. These obstructions may also be caused by internal anatomy, such as a deviated septum or a nasal valve collapse.
Patients that are diagnosed with an NAO may experience difficulty breathing through their nose, loud snoring, impaired sleep, daytime fatigue caused by sleep problems, and forced mouth breathing. Medication can help to alleviate these symptoms, but their effects are only temporary.
Your physician will apply a local anesthetic to the inside of your nose, which may take several minutes to take full effect. Once completely numbed, the VivAer™ stylus is used to deliver low-temperature radiofrequency waves to the nasal valve and other areas of obstruction. These radiofrequency waves, along with the patented stylus tip of the VivAer™, gently shift the nasal tissue to create a wider airway while maintaining the original shape of your nose as opposed to surgical rhinoplasty. The procedure is usually performed in about 15 minutes, and patients may return to their regular activities immediately.
The VivAer™ procedure is a painless, non-invasive treatment option for patients with NAO. It is a simple procedure that can significantly alleviate or eliminate symptoms in patients without the need for surgical intervention. It is quick, usually around 15 minutes, and is performed on an outpatient basis – so you can find relief and return to your regular activities the same day. VivAer™ is also FDA-approved and clinically proven to improve breathing function. Some patients have reported slight pressure or mild discomfort during the procedure.
Over 97% of patients have reported reduced nasal obstruction symptoms through two years, though individual results may vary. Some patients may experience temporary swelling around the bridge of the nose and initial stuffiness until minor swelling has subsided. Usually, full results can be seen within three months after the procedure and can be maintained for up to 24 months.
If you’ve been experiencing constant congestion or difficulty breathing through your nose, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that over 20 million Americans suffer from nasal airway obstruction, considerably impacting their quality of life. Contact Acadian Ear, Nose, Throat, & Facial Plastics Center by phone at (337) 237-0650 to schedule your initial consultation and breathe better with VivAer™!
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