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        Rhinoplasty: Complications & Negligence

        Rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as the ‘nose job’ or ‘nose reshaping’, is a surgical procedure carried out to change the appearance of the nose.

        There are numerous types of rhinoplasty procedures that could potentially be carried out. The choice of procedure will ultimately depend on what the patient wants, whether this is augmenting, reducing or giving greater definition to the nose.

        At the Specter Partnership, we have years of experience dealing with cases where nose jobs have gone wrong. We know that whilst at face value it may appear to be a relatively straightforward procedure; this is not actually the case. In fact, many experts view the rhinoplasty as one of the most complicated cosmetic procedures around.

        As such, the potential for both complications and negligence is rife. It is estimated that between 4 and 19% of procedures will have some kind of complication. However, it is important to make the distinction between these two possible causes of injury; whilst a complication is accepted by the patient as a potential risk of a complicated procedure, injuries that occur as a result of a medical professional’s negligence will give rise to a potential claim.

        Each case is unique and will have to be assessed by one of our medically qualified team of solicitors. Negligence in one patient may in fact be a simple complication in the other. For instance, noses that have had previous trauma will be much more likely to have things go wrong, limiting the possibility of negligence. However, if you have had any of the following experiences following your rhinoplasty procedure, this may be indicative of injury that has occurred as a result of negligence:

        • Bleeding causing pain and discomfort.
        • Haematoma as a result of the bleeding.
        • Infection which can cause wound breakdown and poor scarring.
        • Altered sense of smell.
        • An injury to the eye.
        • Asymmetry and contour irregularities.
        • Columella changes.
        • Revision Surgery

        If you would like more information or to arrange a free, confidential consultation, please call us on 0207 251 9900, or email enquiries@specterpartnership.co.uk.