There are so many irritating symptoms when it comes to allergies—itchy watery eyes, continuous sneezing, and a general mental fog are just some of the issues that face allergies patients. Allergies aren't just seasonal either, for some people suffer from allergies all year long.
As if these issues weren't enough, allergies can sometimes also cause chronic sinusitis, an incredibly uncomfortable condition that is caused by an inflammation of the sinuses. Fortunately, here at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center (with two locations in Fredericksburg, and one in Stafford, VA), our team of ENT physicians can administer a Sinuplasty to alleviate your sinusitis issues.
More about sinuplasty treatment
About 28 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis today. If you are one of them and are tired of dealing with the inflamed and swollen sinuses associated with the condition, a sinuplasty can alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms for at least two months. A sinus surgery in which your surgeons use balloons to expand sinus openings, a sinuplasty is similar to an angioplasty, in which a balloon is used to open blocked blood vessels.
During treatment, your doctor in Stafford or Fredericksburg uses a saline solution to remove mucus build up and provide symptom relief. Performed after the administration of local anesthetic for a pain-free experience, sinuplasty provides a host of procedural advantageous as compared to conventional sinus surgery, including:
- Less trauma to surrounding tissue
- Preservation of the natural sinus openings
- Less recovery time
Seeking relief from sinusitis? Give us a call
If you are interested in learning more about sinuplasty treatment, call one of Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center's multiple locations in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, today, by dialing (540) 371-1226.
When it comes to choosing the ideal hearing aid, you certainly have options to consider.
Thanks to all the amazing advancements in hearing technology, there are even more hearing aid options now from which to choose. Of course, if this is your first time getting a hearing aid then the choices may seem daunting. This is where our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT and audiology team can step in and help you make the best decision for how to treat your hearing loss.
Here are some of the most commonly used and most popular hearing aid styles:
Completely in the canal (CIC): As the name suggests, this small hearing aid is placed within the ear canal, which makes them hidden and discreet. For many of our patients, having a hearing aid that others won’t notice is key. Of course, since the device is small, those with dexterity issues may have trouble changing the batteries. This hearing aid style can be used in those with minor to moderate hearing loss.
In the Ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are custom-fitted to sit inside the ear, so they are also less visible. This type of hearing aid may offer more features such as volume control than smaller hearing aid styles, which also makes them easier to handle and maintain (this is particularly important for patients dealing with arthritis and other dexterity issues). ITE hearing aids are also suitable for people dealing with mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind the Ear (BTE): Again, the name alone tells you that part of your hearing aid will rest behind the ear. In order to hear, a clear thin tube is attached to the device and inserted into the ear. Since the device is larger than the styles above, it can be easier to handle and clean. Also, BTE hearing aids aren’t custom-fitted so you can wear your hearing aid home in the very same day as your fitting with our Fredericksburg, VA, audiologist. BTE hearing aids are a great option for patients of all ages dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has two offices in Fredericksburg, VA, and an office in Stafford, VA. If you are interested in getting a hearing aid, or if you are having trouble hearing those around you and you want to undergo a hearing evaluation, call our office today to make an appointment.
Find out how to finally alleviate your chronic sinusitis symptoms.
When we think of a sinus infection we often think of them as a minor nuisance that goes away on its own. But what if your symptoms don’t seem to go away? If you’ve had symptoms of sinusitis for 12 weeks or more then you could be dealing with a chronic infection. Chronic sinusitis will warrant a trip to our Fredericksburg, VA, otolaryngologists just to confirm that this is what’s causing your congested, stuffy or blocked nose.
The first line of defense against chronic sinusitis is to treat it with medications or simple at-home remedies like nasal washes and saline solutions. Of course, if these at-home measures aren’t providing you with relief then our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor may recommend balloon sinuplasty.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
This minimally invasive procedure is a great alternative to traditional sinus surgery. During this procedure, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor will guide an endoscope, a thin flexible tube, through the blocked nasal cavity. At the end of this endoscope is a deflated balloon.
Once the endoscope is fully within the blocked passageway, we will slowly fill the balloon with air. As you might imagine, the balloon will continue to expand until it slowly opens up the blockage, allowing the sinuses to properly drain. Once the procedure is complete, the endoscope is removed but the nasal passages will remain open. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
The biggest benefit is that this procedure finally drains the sinuses and removes the blockage, making it easier to breathe again. It should also reduce or eliminate any facial pressure or pain you’ve been experiencing because of chronic sinusitis. This procedure is ideal for someone who hasn’t responded to medications or other treatment options.
Another benefit of balloon sinuplasty is that it’s a lot less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. Traditional surgery often requires incisions and/or the removal of tissue and (sometimes) bone. This also means that the patient will have a longer recovery period. Luckily this all changes with balloon sinuplasty.
First of all, there are absolutely no incisions or tissue and bone removal, which means that your recovery period will be significantly shorter. Most patients return to work just two days after their procedure. Secondly, side effects such as post-procedural bleeding or swelling are quite minimal compared to traditional surgery.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Centers is dedicated to providing comprehensive ENT care in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA. If you are dealing with chronic nasal congestion or a nasal blockage then it’s time to find out how we can help you get the relief you deserve.
Having trouble hearing those around you? A hearing aid could help.
While it might seem obvious enough to know when you require a hearing aid, you might be surprised to learn that hearing loss is often subtle enough and gradual that sometimes people don’t realize they are dealing with hearing loss until much later in life. Our team of ENT Physicians and Audiologists in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, is here to share classic signs that it might be time to have your hearing evaluated, as well as who might benefit from wearing a hearing aid.
How much does your hearing affect your daily routine?
You might not be aware of this on a day-to-day basis but asking yourself these questions may help you figure out whether you are dealing with some degree of hearing loss and whether you should schedule a hearing test in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA:
Q. Do you find that people often mumble around you?
Q. Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves often?
Q. Is it difficult to understand people on TV or on the radio unless you turn up the volume?
Q. Is it difficult to understand what people are saying in noisy environments such as restaurants?
Q. Do you feel like your hearing affects your personal or social life?
Q. Do you find yourself avoiding social gatherings or withdrawing from conversations?
If you said “yes” or even “sometimes” to the majority of these questions then it’s time to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. The sooner you receive a proper diagnosis the sooner we can help you to begin understanding those around you more clearly. Of course, since it takes time for your ears to adjust to a hearing aid, the sooner you begin wearing a hearing aid after experiencing hearing loss the sooner your ears will adapt.
Will a hearing aid restore my hearing?
This is a commonly asked question and it’s important that you understand that a hearing aid will not be able to restore your hearing; however, what a hearing aid does do is amplify certain sounds to make it easier for you to understand what people are saying, particularly in loud or noisy settings. While it won’t be able to correct your hearing it can significantly improve your ability to hear those around you to improve your quality of life.
If you are experiencing hearing problems and have yet to have the issue checked out then it’s time to call Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg for an evaluation. We offer two offices in Fredericksburg and one office Stafford, VA.
Find out why so many people are turning to this facial to get more beautiful skin.
Do you wish you could have younger-looking and healthier skin? Are issues such as enlarged pores, sun damage or fine lines affecting your appearance? If so, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT physicians and esthetician have a simple, safe, and non-invasive way to resurface the skin without the discomfort or recovery time.
According to Allure Magazine, a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds. That’s more than 2 million treatments a year! So, what is a HydraFacial and why are so many people turning to this non-invasive skin care treatment?
HydraFacial uses a handheld device that cleans, exfoliates and then infuses the skin with special serums to improve the health of your skin and to target common imperfections such as fine lines, enlarged pores and texture issues. Unlike dermabrasion, which blasts away the surface of the skin to reveal younger and more radiant skin underneath, HydraFacial offers an easier and softer approach to plump, moisturize, and achieve more radiant skin.
The steps involved in HydraFacial are as follows:
Cleansing and Exfoliation: We will open up the pores and remove any debris and dead cells from the outermost layer of the skin to brighten and improve the texture and appearance of your skin.
Acid Peel: Our Fredericksburg, VA, licensed esthetician will then apply a facial peel containing either glycolic or salicylic acid. A slight stinging sensation may occur.
Extractions: Unlike a manual extraction that a dermatologist may perform to remove blackheads and whiteheads, a special HydraFacial suctioning tool will be directed over the skin to remove any impurities and dirt from the pores.
Hydration: Now it’s time to infuse your skin with some amazing antioxidants and peptides to help it look moist, plump, and radiant. It can also improve skin firmness.
Another reason so many people are turning to HydraFacial is that it is able to address a variety of concerns, from acne-prone skin to wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It’s ideal for patients of all ages and it’s safe for all complexions.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has one office in Stafford, VA, and two offices in Fredericksburg, VA, to serve you better. If you are interested in learning more about HydraFacial and how it can improve your skin then call us today.
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