Sinusitis Specialist

AM Facial Plastics

Arash Moradzadeh, MD

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & ENT located in Beverly Hills, CA & Santa Barbara, CA

Sinusitis is a common condition that can affect people of all ages, making it difficult to breathe freely. At AM Facial Plastics in Beverly Hills, California, Arash Moradzadeh, MD, has helped many find relief from acute or chronic sinusitis. If you or a loved one needs relief from sinus inflammation, schedule a face-to-face consultation today. Online booking is available, or you are always welcome to call to check appointment availability.

Sinusitis Q&A

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition characterized by inflamed sinus cavities. Sinuses are a connected network of cavities located in your skull behind your nose, forehead, and upper cheeks. They’re normally filled with air, but when they become inflamed, fluid can gather, and infection can set in. 

Around 35 million Americans experience sinusitis at least once every year. There are factors that increase your risk of developing sinusitis, including:

  • Blocked drainage ducts
  • Swelling inside your nose (often caused by the common cold)
  • Nasal polyps
  • Immune system malfunction
  • Structural abnormalities in your drainage ducts
  • Allergies
  • Smoking

Some people experience a sudden, acute case of sinusitis. For others, the condition becomes chronic and either recurs frequently or never seems to fully clear up. 

How do I know if I have sinusitis?

Many of the symptoms of sinusitis could also indicate cold or flu. Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to seek medical attention. Some signs of acute sinusitis include:

  • Facial pressure or pain
  • Lost ability to smell
  • Cough or congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Dental pain
  • Fatigue
  • Thick pus that is green or yellow

If you have chronic sinusitis, you might also have a sensation of facial fullness or full nasal obstruction. If your sinus symptoms linger for more than 12 weeks, you might have chronic sinusitis. 

What are some treatments for chronic sinusitis?

Dr. Moradzadeh begins by assessing your condition and trying medical and homeopathic remedies to relieve sinus inflammation. If those efforts are unsuccessful, a CT scan of your sinus cavities can reveal more information about structural problems in your nose or sinus cavities. 

Some cases of sinusitis are best treated with surgical intervention. There are several different options that can help. 

Balloon sinuplasty involves guiding a small medical balloon on the end of a catheter into your nostril and up to the opening of your sinus cavity. The balloon is then gently inflated to create a wider space for sinus fluid to drain and pressure to release. 

Endoscopic surgery is an approach that uses a surgical tube with a tiny light and camera to gather images of your sinus cavities. Dr. Moradzadeh guides thin surgical tools through the tube to remove tissue, enable drainage, or widen your sinus cavity openings. 

Turbinate surgery can reduce the size of enlarged turbinates, which are small structures inside your nose that work to humidify and clean the air you breathe. Enlarged turbinates can cause snoring, frequent nosebleeds, and sinus infections. 

Finally, open sinus surgery is an option if less invasive treatments fail. This approach involves making an external incision to gain access to your sinus cavities for surgical repair. 

Septoplasty works by surgically altering your septum, the thin span of cartilage and bone that separates your nostrils. If this tissue prevents normal drainage, you may develop sinusitis. 

If you require surgery to treat chronic sinusitis, visit Arash Moradzadeh MD to learn the available options and treatments. Call the office or book an appointment online today.