Nose Jobs (Rhinoplasty)

What is a nose-job?
Nose jobs, technically known as  rhinoplasty, are fast becoming the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure after breast augmentation.  People may undergo nose jobs to correct or reconstruct the form of the nose, to restore function or simply for aesthetic reasons.  Surgery can be carried out internal to the nose which would reduce or eliminate external scarring, or it can be external.   

What is the procedure?
A nose reduction (or reduction rhinoplasty) involves the surgeon making cuts inside the nostrils to reach the bone and cartilage.  Some of the bone and/or cartilage may need to be removed or re-arranged to alter the shape of the nose.  The skin around the nose should ‘shrink’ to fit around the new shape, but sometimes an incision is made in your skin in between the nostrils to make your nostrils smaller.

Augmentation rhinoplasty involves the nose being made bigger or altering its shape and the surgeon may make an incision inside or between your nostrils, and may reshape the bone and/or cartilage.  Your surgeon may also graft in extra bone or cartilage to build up the shape of a nose.  The additional bone or cartilage may be removed from another part of your body such as your cheekbone, or artificial implants could be used instead.

What are the risks of having a nose job?
Complications that can affect anyone who has surgery include an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding and risk of infection.  There are also a number of complications that are specifically associated with any nose job procedure.  These are all recognised risks, but sometimes poor management of these complications can give grounds for a claim for compensation.

Risks specific to nose jobs can include:

  • Soreness, swelling and bruising is to be expected, but only when lasting for approximately one month
  • The tip of the nose can become stiff or numb and this is usually temporary but could in some cases be permanent
  • Chest infections
  • Heavy nose bleeds (which may require medical attention)
  • Changes to the shape of the nose as scar tissue settles and damage to the septum where surgery has left holes
  • If a surgeon has used an implant, this can in some cases push through the lining of the nose

If you have undergone nose surgery and have suffered with physical problems as a result of that surgery you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.   If your surgeon has not taken sufficient care and skill during the surgery or has not provided you with proper advice in your consultation before the surgery has taken place, you may also be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You could be entitled to claim for the costs of any further corrective surgery that is required.
 
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