Rhinoplasty & Nose Job Claims
If you have undergone rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping surgery or a nose job, and you experienced complications that you believe were caused by the negligence of the surgeon responsible, you might be entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.
If your claim is successful, the financial award can include compensation to account for the physical and psychological scars caused by the nose job, as well as covering the costs of any restorative surgery you may need.
Many people choose to undergo cosmetic surgery to rectify an element of their appearance that they are unhappy with. So when it goes wrong, and you’re left in a worse position than before, you deserve to be compensated. Making a claim not only allows you to rebuild your life, but also helps to prevent the same negligence being inflicted upon anyone else.
Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors was the first legal practice established in the UK dedicated to helping victims of negligent surgery through the often complex claims process. Our team is led by Michael Saul, the UK’s leading expert in negligent cosmetic surgery.
To speak to our expert solicitors about the details of your situation, get in touch with us today. Call 0808 163 8266 or fill in the quick contact form at the top of the page.
About rhinoplasty nose reshaping surgery
Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure amongst both male and female patients, usually undertaken to alter the appearance of either the bridge, tip or nostrils of the nose. Some patients choose to undergo the procedure for aesthetic reasons, while others do so for reconstructive purposes, or to improve their breathing.
It is an invasive procedure performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes between one and three hours to complete, with a requirement to stay in hospital overnight.
Types of nose job
Nose reshaping can either reduce the size of the nose (reduction rhinoplasty), or increase it (augmentation rhinoplasty).
The operation can be performed from inside the nostrils, referred to as a closed rhinoplasty, or by making a small cut on the nose and elevating the skin, known as an open rhinoplasty.
In a reduction rhinoplasty:
- the cosmetic surgeon will usually make cuts inside the nostrils to reach the bone and cartilage
- some of that bone and cartilage will be removed or rearranged to achieve the desired shape
- the skin over the nose remains untouched and will shrink down to its new shape
In an augmentation rhinoplasty:
- a cut inside or between the nostrils is made by the cosmetic surgeon and the bone and cartilage is reshaped
- this may require extra bone or cartilage to build up the nose. In some instances, artificial implants, such as Gore-Tex or silastic, are used instead.
- the cuts inside the nose are usually closed with dissolving stitches so they don’t need to be removed
- stitches in the outside skin will usually need to be removed about a week after the nose surgery
The duty of care for clinics and surgeons
Surgeons that carry out cosmetic surgery procedures have a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their patients and it is important that they be held accountable to this duty, as cosmetic surgery negligence can cause serious long term physical and psychological damage to patients.
What can go wrong?
In most instances, you should wait to fully heal after your surgery before considering making a compensation claim, as the nose is a delicate structure and it may take some time to settle down and for your breathing to become clear again.
After this recovery period has passed, however, there may well be indications that something has gone wrong. Some examples of surgical malpractice include:
- Nasal collapse where the bridge of the nose, or columella, caves inwards
- Saddle deformity at the tip of the nose (also known as supra-tip hollowing)
- Asymmetrical nostrils or contour irregularities caused by removing too much tissue
- Breathing difficulties
- An extruding implant
- Internal bleeding indicated by persistent swelling
- Damage to the septum (the cartilage wall between your nostrils)
- Loss of sense or smell or taste
- The results of the procedure look different to what was expected
- Injury to nerves
How can we help?
If a cosmetic surgeon or clinic was negligent during your rhinoplasty procedure, you can make a claim for a financial award. This compensation can include substantial damages for physical injury, psychological distress or to cover the costs of any restorative medical surgery you may need.
The cosmetic surgery industry in the UK is insufficiently regulated, which means it can sometimes be difficult to understand where you stand in regards to the law, or know where to go to for legal support. Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can offer you all the advice and guidance you need to make a cosmetic negligence claim and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
We have a win rate of over 95% for the claims we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence, successfully recovering over £3 million for our clients. With a long history of being at the forefront of this field and a track record that speaks for itself, we are confident we can help you make a successful claim.
Contact us today
If you’ve experienced any of the problems described above following your surgery, or even if your experience doesn’t quite match our examples, talk to our expert legal team today on 0808 163 8266 or request a callback by completing the contact form on this page.