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.
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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.
- 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
- 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
Endonasal rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic. The length of the surgery will depend on how much your nose is going to change shape.
- A general anaesthetic will be administered by your surgeon.
- Once numb, the surgeon will make incisions to the inner lining of both nostrils. This ensures no scarring is visible externally.
- The surgeon will then refine and reshape the cartilage and inner bone, to the desired appearance. For example, an excessively big nose may be lessened by eradicating excess bone or cartilage.
- The nasal skin is pulled over the adjusted tissue and the incisions are closed.
- You will need to wear a nose splint for a few days after surgery to support the new structure as it begins to heal.
Complications / Signs of Negligence
- You may experience an altered sense of smell.
- Minor bleeding.
- Bruising and swelling.
The open approach to rhinoplasty involves incisions being made across the section of skin connecting the two nostrils (the columella), so the skin can be lifted, allowing greater access to reshape the nose.
- You will be given a general anaesthetic before the surgery begins.
- Your surgeon will make an incision across the thin strip of tissue between the two nostrils. The skin that covers the bones and cartilage becomes raised.
- From this raised position the surgeon is then able to restructure the shape of the nose to its new, desired appearance.
- Once the new nasal structure is completed, the skin is re-dressed over the tissue, before each incision is closed.
- You will rouse from the surgery with gauze packing and / or a splint to help support the new structure as it starts to heal.
Complications / Signs of Negligence
- A deformed bridge of the nose caused by removing too much tissue.
- Breathing difficulties.
- Injury to nerves.
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.