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When Things Go Wrong: Dealing with a Crooked Nose After Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a 'nose job,' is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK. Many people undergo nose surgery with the hopes of enhancing their facial aesthetics or improving their breathing function. However, the intricacy of the procedure demands a highly skilled surgeon with an extensive portfolio of successful operations. While many of these surgeries result in satisfactory outcomes, there are instances where complications might arise post-surgery. One such complication, which Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors explores in this blog post, is the aftermath of a crooked nose.

Understanding Rhinoplasty Complications

Rhinoplasty, like many cosmetic procedures, comes with many risks and possible mitigating factors. It demands a delicate balance between aesthetics and functionality, and if too much functionality is removed, serious problems can be caused for the individual directly after the procedure or later down the line. The procedure involves detailed manipulation of bone, cartilage, and soft tissue to sculpt the desired shape while preserving or improving nasal breathing. However, with the removal of important structural aspects of the nose, such as the cartilage structure supporting the nasal bones or the nasal tip, the individual can expect the nose to be weaker, which may cause issues in later life.

A crooked nose can manifest as a result of several factors: surgical error, complications during the healing process, or a challenging pre-existing nasal structure. It is essential to recognise the signs if you suspect that your nose may be misaligned after surgery. These can include visual irregularity, where the nose appears asymmetrical or bent, breathing difficulties that did not exist prior to surgery, or persistent discomfort or pain.

To minimise the risks of nose reshaping during the procedure and after, make sure to do your research to ensure you get the help of an experienced surgeon with good reviews, and stick to the healing process without cutting any corners.

Navigating the Path of a Crooked Nose Post-Rhinoplasty

If you find yourself faced with the unfortunate situation of a crooked nose following surgery, do not panic. The first course of action is to bring this issue to your surgeon's attention immediately. Do not underestimate the importance of post-operative appointments - these scheduled sessions are your opportunity to voice concerns, and for your surgeon to monitor your recovery and ensure it is progressing as expected.

If your concerns are dismissed or you feel your worries are not being adequately addressed, seeking a second opinion is a wise choice. You should either see another, independent rhinoplasty surgeon, or your GP. A fresh perspective can provide additional insights or alternative solutions.

While there are non-surgical remedies such as dermal fillers or steroid injections, they offer temporary solutions and may not correct significant deformities. In some cases, revision surgery might be necessary, but keep in mind that revision rhinoplasty also carries its own risks, not to mention the additional emotional and financial burden. A crooked nose can also impact your emotional well-being, which is why turning to mental health professionals can also be beneficial.

Your Legal Rights Following Failed Rhinoplasty Surgery

The term 'clinical negligence' refers to instances where a healthcare provider, due to their actions or omissions, causes harm to a patient. When you step into a medical facility for a rhinoplasty procedure - or any surgical procedure - there is a tacit understanding that the professionals involved will provide a certain standard of care. If your rhinoplasty has resulted in a crooked nose, it is possible you could have a case for clinical negligence.

The law dictates two key criteria for a claim of clinical negligence to hold:

  • Breach of Duty
  • Causation

This means you must demonstrate that the medical professional failed in their duty of care to you, and that this failure is directly responsible for your current predicament.

Additionally, you must also prove that your failed rhinoplasty surgery also caused you loss, which may be due to physical or mental suffering, or a financial loss.

To build a successful case, you will need to amass a substantial amount of evidence, including medical history records, expert testimonies, and photographic evidence of the damage. A professional solicitor - such as those at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors - can help you do all of this, and you should not attempt to take legal action without the help of a legal expert.

How Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors Can Assist You

As a leading UK law firm specialising in handling clinical negligence claims in the cosmetic surgery field, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors boasts a dedicated team of experienced solicitors. Our portfolio of successful claims speaks to our proficiency in this complex field of law.

We offer a wide range of services to help individuals who believe they have been victims of clinical negligence. From evaluating the strength of your case and offering professional advice to providing robust representation in legal proceedings, our team is equipped to support you every step of the way. Our success stories span a spectrum of clients who have suffered complications from various cosmetic surgery procedures, reinforcing our reputation as a trusted ally in such challenging circumstances.

Confronting the reality of a crooked nose after rhinoplasty can be emotionally and physically taxing. However, it is crucial to remember that you are not alone in this ordeal. There are avenues for remedy, both medically and legally. At Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, we are committed to extending our expertise and support to guide you through this challenging journey.

If you suspect you might have a case for clinical negligence following rhinoplasty complications, contact us as soon as you are able to for a no-obligation phone consultation on 0808 149 7888. Alternatively, fill out an online contact form and we will return your call at a time specified by you.

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Mike Saul


Michael Saul is a partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, where he brings his extensive specialist legal expertise and passion for helping people to the forefront of his work. With a proven track record of success in cosmetic surgery negligence cases, Michael has dedicated his career to providing clients with the highest level of representation and achieving favourable outcomes.

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