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Rhinoplasty Negligence Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Daniel Archer. Last updated 4th May 2022. Welcome to our rhinoplasty injury claims guide where we’ll provide information on how you could secure the rhinoplasty negligence compensation you deserve.

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’, is one of the most common plastic surgeries performed every year. However, as with any kind of surgery, there is always a risk something might go wrong. If you suffer complications from a rhinoplasty gone wrong due to the negligence of your surgeon or other medical staff then you may be entitled to compensation.

Rhinoplasty Injury Claims

Rhinoplasty Injury Claims Guide

Rhinoplasty claims can be complicated as you will need to prove that any suffering you have endured should have been avoided and that liability for your pain lies with someone else. You should seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer to help you through the nose job claims process but this guide will give you all the information you will need to start you in the right direction.

Read on to learn all about what to do with a rhinoplasty surgery gone wrong by reading this rhinoplasty negligence claims guide. You can get free advice by calling Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 to take the first step towards your rhinoplasty negligence compensation.

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An Overview – Rhinoplasty/ Nose Job Claims

A rhinoplasty procedure is used to change the appearance of the nose; make it straighter, smaller or get rid of lumps or ridges. Thousands of people every year opt to go through the procedure but unfortunately, some procedures go wrong and patients can be left with a range of problems such as prolonged pain and breathing difficulties. If you have suffered a nose surgery gone wrong then you may be entitled to compensation as a result of your suffering.

As part of rhinoplasty negligence claims, sufferers of rhinoplasty surgery gone wrong can claim compensation with the help of a personal injury solicitor. This could include compensation for any pain and suffering endured as well as any medical expenses or time off work due to the effects of the botched procedure. If your rhinoplasty surgery went wrong due to the negligence of your surgeon or due to poor post-surgery medical care then you may be entitled to claim compensation through a personal injury claim. You will have to prove that any suffering is the result of medical negligence as well as obtaining a medical report describing the extent of the medical problems you have been left with.

Medical professionals have a duty of care toward their patients and if they fail this duty and this results in your suffering or pain then you can put in a claim for rhinoplasty negligence compensation. This guide will give you all the information that you need to know.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is an operation to resize or reshape the nose. It is usually done for cosmetic reasons and therefore not often available on the NHS but it can also be performed for health reasons such as to ease breathing, a procedure which would be available on the NHS.

According to the NHS guide on nose reshaping surgery, rhinoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic and depending on the aim of the surgery, the surgeon may perform several different procedures. A surgeon may remove bone as well as cartilage to ensure the nose is made smaller, or they may act to make it bigger by adding cartilage that is taken from part of the ears and possibly some bone out of the hip, skull, or even the elbow. The shape of the nose can also be changed by way of breaking the patient’s nose and reshaping it. Another procedure can amend the angle between the patient’s top lip and nose.

Rhinoplasty procedures can take anywhere between an hour and three hours and you may expect to stay in the hospital for one or two nights depending on how the surgery was performed. Some rhinoplasty involves making an incision across the skin that sits between both of the nostrils, called open rhinoplasty, however, if it is done by making tiny cuts on the inside of the nostrils, it is called closed rhinoplasty. Closed rhinoplasty causes less swelling and leaves no scarring and can have a shorter recovery time but it is not always an option.

Rhinoplasty negligence claims are often brought against surgeons or medical practitioners after a nose job has gone wrong. A patient could be left with medical problems or prolonged pain as a result of a botched surgery, poor aftercare or the patient not being made aware of the risks of rhinoplasty before the surgery. If your nose surgery has gone wrong then you should contact a personal injury lawyer at Legal Expert to help you start your own rhinoplasty negligence compensation claims.

Claiming Compensation After a Rhinoplasty Gone Wrong

If your nose job has gone wrong, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. However, a bad nose job is not necessarily grounds to make a claim. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose following the operation, this may not mean that you’re owed compensation.

However, a botched nose job that was a result of negligence may mean you can make a claim for compensation. This is because the procedure may have been carried out by a medical professional who failed to uphold the correct standard of care causing you to sustain avoidable or further harm.

All medical professionals must ensure they provide their patients with the correct standard of care. If they fail to do so, it could result in negligence causing them to sustain harm.

A botched nose job that could have been avoided had the correct standard of care been upheld could be an example of medical negligence. If you have evidence that you were treated negligently, then you could have a valid claim. Speak with our advisors today. They can help you gain a better understanding of what your rights are in relation to your circumstances.

Rhinoplasty/Nose Job Statistics

According to 2020-21 statistics from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), a total of 1,330 people underwent rhinoplasty surgery in 2021, which was a 32% drop from the year before. Overall, the BAAPS audit showed that all forms of plastic surgery had lower numbers than the year before.

It was the most common plastic surgery for men, with 267 men having the procedure. Alternatively, 1,063 women had rhinoplasty surgery, though it was not the most common kind of surgery.

Rhinoplasty negligence claims can be brought against surgeons and medical professionals if your surgery goes wrong due to their negligence. Contact Legal Expert if you want to claim rhinoplasty negligence compensation.

Reasons That People Have Rhinoplasty

According to the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the most common reasons for people wanting nose surgery are either cosmetic or medical.


People may dislike the shape, length or size of any part of their nose. If this causes self-esteem issues, they may opt for plastic surgery to rectify this.


Someone may seek rhinoplasty if they have been involved in an accident that caused injury to their nose, such as it being bent or broken. There may also be breathing issues that could be fixed by nose surgery.

If you have had rhinoplasty for any of these reasons and it has left you with worse symptoms or in chronic pain due to medical negligence then you should contact a personal injury lawyer who has experience in rhinoplasty negligence claims to help you get the rhinoplasty negligence compensation you may be entitled to.

Ways Rhinoplasty Can Go Wrong

As with any surgery, rhinoplasty surgery can go wrong and when it does, you can be left with lasting pain and health complications. According to the NHS and the BAAPS, these are a few examples of issues that could occur with a nose job gone wrong:

  • Permanent breathing difficulties
  • Infections
  • Cartilage damage
  • Increased or reduced sensation
  • Heavy, abnormal bleeding
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood clots

If you are able to prove that the issue occurred due to negligence, you could potentially claim compensation for any damage caused. To find out more about what you could claim for after a rhinoplasty has gone wrong, get in touch with our advisors today.

Medical Negligence and Rhinoplasty Claims

The medical professionals who perform your rhinoplasty and look after you post-surgery have a duty of care towards you. If they fail in this duty and it results in an injury to yourself then you may be entitled to claim rhinoplasty negligence compensation as a result.

If your rhinoplasty surgery goes wrong and your nose is left looking worse or you develop a breathing condition or other health problem as a result then this can be classed as medical negligence.

Also, if you were not properly informed of the risks associated with rhinoplasty and later developed a complication then you may also be entitled to compensation as your medical professionals will have failed in their duty to ensure that you were able to make an informed decision about your surgery.

Rhinoplasty negligence claims rely on medical evidence of the condition or injury you have sustained. This is why the team at Legal Expert will ensure that you undergo a thorough medical assessment as part of your rhinoplasty compensation claim. This independent assessment will provide the evidence that will support your case for rhinoplasty negligence compensation.

What Should You Do If Your Nose Job Goes Wrong

If your rhinoplasty goes wrong then you will need to seek medical advice as soon as possible and if you are considering applying for rhinoplasty negligence compensation then you will need to act immediately to ensure that you have as much evidence to support your rhinoplasty negligence claims as possible.

Once you have visited your GP with your concerns about your nose job gone wrong then you should ensure that you get photos of any obvious physical flaws or defects. You should also aim to get supporting evidence in the form of a thorough medical assessment. You could also write down your version of events while they are fresh in your mind.

You should also keep a record of any costs that you incur such as medical or travel costs and records of any time off work you incur as a result of your private or NHS rhinoplasty gone wrong. You could potentially claim these costs back as part of special damages.

It is always advisable to get the help and advice of an experienced personal injury solicitor. Legal Expert will put you in touch with a solicitor with plenty of experience in rhinoplasty claims who can help you gain the compensation that you deserve.

Who Can You Claim Against For Rhinoplasty Gone Wrong

If your rhinoplasty was performed for health reasons under the NHS but the surgery went wrong then you could claim against the NHS for rhinoplasty negligence compensation. The doctors in the NHS have a duty of care no matter what reasons you are having your surgery and the NHS as the medical authority has the liability to ensure that your surgery is a success so any rhinoplasty claims for compensation will be filed against the NHS.

Can You Sue a Plastic Surgeon in the UK?

If you have had rhinoplasty surgery as a cosmetic procedure then you may have gone to a private hospital with a specialised plastic surgeon. If your surgery has gone wrong and left you with complications then you can make rhinoplasty negligence claims again the private hospital in which you had your surgery or against the specific surgery that performed it.

What Can I Claim For Within Nose Job Claims?

Rhinoplasty negligence claims can include amounts for a range of damages sustained as a result of rhinoplasty gone wrong. These can include;

  • General damages – this covers damages for the general pain and suffering that you have endured as a direct result of botched nose job surgery.
  • Special damages, which could include:
  • Medical expenses – if your rhinoplasty gone wrong has meant that you have had to pay for additional medical treatment, such as private medical care, then you can include this as part of your rhinoplasty compensation claim.
  • Travel costs – you can also include any travel costs you have incurred as a result of having to attend court or medical appointments as a result of the botched surgery.
  • Care claim – if your condition means that you have had to pay for care then this can also be included in your compensation claim.
  • Loss of earnings – if you have had to have time off work due to a nose job gone wrong then you can claim for loss of earnings or loss of earning potential if your time off has meant that you miss out on the chance of a promotion.

Rhinoplasty Compensation Calculator

Compensation for rhinoplasty negligence claims is worked out on a case by case basis. The amount of rhinoplasty negligence compensation you can claim depends on the severity of your injury and condition as well as the impact that it has had on your life, such as having time off work.

The compensation table below should give you a rough idea of how much compensation you may be entitled to depending on the severity of your case.

Type of InjuryDescriptionEstimated Compensation Amount
Very severe scarringA disfiguring cosmetic effect which causes a severe psychological reaction- younger claimants often receive a higher compensation amount£27,940 to £91,350
Less severe scarringSubstantial disfigurement combined with an equally substantial psychological reaction£16,860 to £45,440
Significant scarringAny scarring may be reduced by future cosmetic surgery but is still visible. Psychological trauma has occurred but has reduced over time£8,550 to £28,240
Less significant scarringIn these cases there may be one scar which may be covered or several small scars which only slightly affect appearance£3,710 to £12,900
Trivial scarringVery minor effect£1,600 to £3,310
Loss of smell£23,460 to £30,870
Total Loss of Smell and Significant Loss of Taste£30,870 to £36,770
Mental Anguish£4,380
Psychiatric Damage Less severe but affect on sleep and quality of life£1,440 to £5,500

While the above table does not give exact compensation figures, you can see how the severity of your condition affects the amount of compensation you may receive.

No Win No Fee Rhinoplasty Claims

No Win No Fee rhinoplasty negligence claims mean that you can file a claim for compensation without any financial risk to yourself. You will only have to pay your personal injury lawyer should your claim for compensation be successful. If the team at Legal Expert do not win your rhinoplasty gone wrong compensation claim then you won’t have to pay us a penny.

No Win No Fee solicitors will have a fee that will be deducted from your rhinoplasty negligence compensation amount should your personal injury claim be successful. Legal Expert No Win No Fee claims take the financial risk out of rhinoplasty injury claims meaning you can focus on your case and your recovery.

Legal Expert – How We Can Help With Nose Job Claims

The team at Legal Expert are here to help guide you through rhinoplasty negligence claims to help you gain access to compensation should your nose job go wrong due to the negligence of your surgeon or medical staff. We will connect you with a personal injury solicitor who has years of experience with rhinoplasty claims and who understands the intricacies of personal injury claims.

Our team is on hand to help with your enquiries and we will also ensure your solicitor will arrange for you to undergo a thorough, independent medical examination to help to support your claim. We’ll be here throughout the process for advice support and to answer queries you might have.

Rhinoplasty Negligence Compensation FAQs

How is suffering proven?

Typically, the extent of suffering experienced by the claimant can be determined through a medical assessment with an independent specialist. Here, they’ll evaluate everything from the physical injuries sustained to the overall impact on their quality of life.

Should I accept the first offer of compensation?

If you have a personal injury lawyer from our panel handle your case, they’ll expertly oversee every step of your claim for you, including advising you on settlement offers.

Why is a No Win No Fee agreement useful?

No Win No Fee agreements are no-risk alternatives to the solicitors’ fees that typically put many claimants off getting legal help. Fees are only taken if compensation is won, which is a legally capped percentage of the overall payout.

How do I contact Legal Expert?

Please see the next section for information on how to get in touch.

Begin a Rhinoplasty Injury Claim Today

If you have suffered breathing difficulties or a loss of self-esteem as a result of rhinoplasty gone wrong then you should start your rhinoplasty negligence claims as quickly as possible.

Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 to discuss your case as part of a free consultation with our team. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form and a member of our team will get in touch as quickly as possible.

We don’t like to leave you waiting long. We know how important your claim is to you and we will treat it with the priority it deserves. After all, you have likely been through a lot and we would never wish to let you stress for a moment longer than you need to.

Helpful links

Medical Negligence Compensation Amounts

Find out how much you can claim for medical negligence

BAAPS Home Page

This page gives details of plastic or aesthetic surgeons, as well as how to verify whether they are accredited, and many other details. BAAPS also provide a wealth of information pertaining to statistics about plastic surgery and much more.

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