February 19, 2024

Differences between Cranial Facial Release (CFR) and Nose Surgeries? (Ex. Balloon Sinuplasty, Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, etc.)

If you're struggling with breathing issues, you might be considering nose surgery to find relief. But what if we told you there's a non-invasive, affordable alternative that could help you breathe easier without going under the knife? It's called Cranial Facial Release (CFR), and it's changing the game for people who want to improve their breathing without the risks and costs of traditional nose surgeries.

What is Cranial Facial Release?

Cranial Facial Release is an advanced technique that uses a small balloon to gently open up your breathing passages and create mobility in your cranial facial system. Unlike nose surgeries that require incisions, anesthesia, and long recovery times, CFR is a non-invasive procedure that can be done right in your chiropractor's office.

Here's how it works: Your chiropractor will insert a small balloon into your nasopharynx (not to be confused with your sinuses) and inflate it for just a few seconds before deflating it. This process helps to mobilize the bones in your skull and face, opening up your airways and making it easier to breathe.

The CFR Process

One of the unique things about CFR is that it's done over the course of four separate appointments, usually within a 10-day period. This is because there are three different conchae (kind of like tunnels) on each side of your nose, and your chiropractor will work on one concha per side during each of the first three visits.

During these appointments, your chiropractor will keep track of which conchae are the most difficult to insert the balloon into or expand. On the fourth visit, they'll focus solely on those troublesome spots, giving you even more targeted relief.

How is CFR Different from Nose Surgeries?

If you've been researching ways to improve your breathing, you might have come across some common nose surgeries like balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery, or rhinoplasty. While these procedures can be effective, they also come with some major drawbacks that CFR doesn't have.

Balloon Sinuplasty and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Balloon sinuplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery are both performed under anesthesia and involve inserting instruments into your sinus cavities to remove blockages like swelling, polyps, or scar tissue. While these procedures can provide relief, they also come with risks like infection, bleeding, and changes to your sense of smell.

CFR, on the other hand, doesn't involve any incisions or removal of tissue. It's a gentle procedure that works with your body's natural structures to improve breathing function.

Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty

Rhinoplasty (aka a "nose job") is a surgical procedure that can change the shape of your nose, while septoplasty is a type of rhinoplasty that specifically aims to straighten a deviated septum. Both of these surgeries are performed under anesthesia and involve making incisions inside your nose to access the bone and cartilage underneath.

While rhinoplasty and septoplasty can improve breathing, they also come with significant costs (an average of over $6,000!), long recovery times, and the risks associated with any major surgery.

The Benefits of Choosing CFR

So, why should you consider Cranial Facial Release over traditional nose surgeries? Here are just a few of the benefits:

  1. Non-Invasive: CFR doesn't require any incisions, anesthesia, or removal of tissue. It's a gentle procedure that works with your body's natural structures.
  2. Affordable: The average cost of CFR is over six times less than the average cost of rhinoplasty, making it a much more accessible option for people without insurance or with high deductibles.
  3. Quick Recovery: Because CFR is non-invasive, there's no lengthy recovery time needed. You can get back to your life right away without worrying about pain, swelling, or taking time off work.
  4. Holistic Approach: CFR isn't just about improving your breathing – it's about promoting overall health and wellness in your cranial facial system. By creating mobility and balance in this important area of your body, CFR can help you feel better from head to toe.

Is CFR Right for You?

If you're tired of struggling with breathing issues and want a safe, effective, and affordable alternative to nose surgery, Cranial Facial Release might be the answer you've been looking for. At Limitless Chiropractic ATX, our team of experienced chiropractors is here to help you breathe easier and feel your best.

The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our CFR specialists. We'll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you decide if CFR is right for your unique needs and goals.


If you're ready to breathe easier and say goodbye to the limitations of chronic breathing issues, Cranial Facial Release might be the natural, non-invasive solution you've been looking for. At Limitless Chiropractic ATX, we're passionate about helping people like you find relief and reclaim your quality of life.

Don't let breathing problems hold you back any longer. Contact us today to schedule your CFR consultation and take the first step towards better breathing and better health. We can't wait to help you feel your best!

Dr. Scott Mitchell

About the author

Dr. Scott Mitchell, a Boston-accented chiropractor with a passion for holistic health,dedicates his life to helping people unlock their LIMITLESS potential through personalized chiropractic care.