Rhinoplasty for Nose Bleeds: Can Rhinoplasty Fix Frequent Nose Bleeds?

Posted on by Dr. Richard Rival

From blowing your nose, to dry winter air, most people experience a few nosebleeds during their lifetime, while some people have an ongoing problem with frequent nosebleeds. 

Those affected by frequent nose bleeds may experience them multiple times a month or even per week. This chronic condition can range from mild inconvenience to a severe medical issue. We look at whether seeking a rhinoplasty procedure can be a solution for frequent nose bleeds.

Causes of Nosebleeds

Choosing the right solution for your nosebleed starts with understanding its cause. Structural defects or damage may benefit from rhinoplasty. In other cases, the best options may just be eliminating or avoiding circumstances or events that cause frequent nose bleeds to happen. Here are a few of the most common causes.

Trauma

Facial trauma such as a soccer ball hitting the nose can lead to bleeding by causing trauma to the nose’s blood vessels. Sometimes this may also cause other damage, such as a broken nose. Certain habits, such as nose-picking, can also cause internal trauma, which can cause a nose bleed to happen.

Medicine & Drugs

For some people, certain medications can make us more vulnerable to nosebleeds. Nasal sprays and antihistamines can sometimes trigger a nose bleed. As well, anticoagulants can increase the risk of nosebleeds as well as resulting in longer bleeds. Nasal inhalation of certain substances is also another cause.

Environmental

Dry and cold weather can cause nosebleeds. As well, it often increases the risks of nosebleeds from other sources. For instance, nose picking is more likely to cause a nosebleed during the winter.

Medical

Some medical complications can increase the likelihood or risk of nosebleeds. For example, kidney failure, liver disease, or hemophilia can create blood clotting problems, increasing the risk of frequent nose bleeds.

Can a Rhinoplasty Surgeon Help with Frequent Nosebleeds?

Whether or not rhinoplasty is the solution to your nosebleed depends mainly on the cause of the frequent nosebleeds. If the right factors cause or contribute to frequent nosebleeds, rhinoplasty may resolve them.

A dry nose, for instance, is one of the most common causes of nosebleeds. If you have a deviated septum, it can exacerbate a dry nose. A facial plastic surgeon can perform a septoplasty to fix a deviated nasal septum and reduce nosebleeds’ frequency, if not prevent them altogether. 

A doctor may often perform a septoplasty procedure together with an aesthetic rhinoplasty. The combined surgical procedure is known as septorhinoplasty. By doing so, a surgeon can correct both the nose’s function, straighten the septum, and appearance in one go. Combining the two procedures also cuts down on recovery time.

If you are suffering from frequent nosebleeds or other vascular abnormalities, the surgeon may recommend consulting a hematologist (blood specialist) before commencing surgery. 

Nasal Cauterization

Septoplasty is not the only option for resolving frequent nosebleeds. Nasal cauterization, or nose cautery, can help with nosebleeds not related to a deviated septum.

This outpatient procedure applies chemicals or an electric device to mucous membranes to stop the bleeding. Sometimes, a surgeon will combine this process with other nasal surgeries, such as septoplasties and sinus surgery.

Toronto Rhinoplasty Consultations

Is rhinoplasty surgery the right solution for your nosebleeds? A facial plastic surgeon can access the cause and the best solution for your nose. 
A top facial surgeon, Dr. Richard Rival, is a double board-certified Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon that can help alleviate frequent nosebleeds through functional rhinoplasty and create natural and beautiful cosmetic results. Schedule a rhinoplasty consultation today!

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