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Rhinoplasty (Nose) Surgery Claims

What are Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (more commonly known as a 'nose job') is a cosmetic surgery procedure to change the shape or size of the nose. It is one of the most common forms of cosmetic surgery performed in the UK, with the procedure usually being carried out for aesthetic reasons. However, some people undergo rhinoplasty for medical reasons too.

A Septoplasty, which is also recognised as a deviated septum, is a corrective surgical procedure. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage which divides the nostrils is out of position, the procedure is carried out to straighten the nasal septum.

Any nose reshaping operation can be a delicate and complex process. Definitive results cannot be guaranteed, as there are potential risks as is with most surgical procedures. It is always key to research the surgeon who is going to carry out the rhinoplasty beforehand and to be fully aware of the process and of any potential risks.

Many nose jobs are performed successfully without any complications. However, mistakes can occur and when clinical negligence arises it is significant to get the justice you deserve. Compensation for poorly performed surgery can be claimed for the physical and psychological consequences which you have endured. Compensation would mean any future or pending medical expenses can be recovered, as well as other damages such as loss of earnings.

We provide professional advice, support and guidance to help you get the justice you deserve. Call us for free on 0800 0747 644 Or complete the online claim form and we will call you back to discuss your claim.

What does a rhinoplasty involve?

Depending on the type and reason for the surgery, the process can include the following:

  • Nose reduction – Making the nose smaller by removing some cartilage and bone.
  • Nose augmentation - Making the nose bigger by taking cartilage and bone from other areas of the body to build up the nose.
  • Altering the angle between the nose and top lip.
  • Altering nose shape – This can be carried out by breaking the nose bone and repositioning the cartilage.

There are two approaches of rhinoplasty which can be carried out. An Open Rhinoplasty includes making a cut across the skin between the nostrils. The Closed Rhinoplasty includes tiny cuts inside the nostrils, this method leads no visible scars as it is internal and causes less swelling.

What could go wrong

Surgeons have the responsibility to provide a service that meets a certain level of standard, if you feel that has not happened with you and consequently you have suffered as a result, you should be entitled to claim compensation.

Negligent nose reshaping surgery can occasionally result in:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Loss of sense, smell or taste
  • Damage to the cartilage wall between nostrils
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reaction to the anaesthetic
  • Nasal Collapse
  • Saddle deformity
  • Asymmetrical nostrils
  • Contour irregularities
  • Extruding implant
  • Internal bleeding
  • Damage to the septum

The surgeon should explain how likely the risks and complications are before the operation, and how they would be treated if they occur.

What to do next

If you have concerns about your care, and believe there has been a case of cosmetic surgery negligence then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

We provide professional legal advice, support and guidance throughout the process, call us for free on 0800 0747 644 Or complete the online claim form and we will call you back to discuss any queries you may have.