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I had a septorhinoplasty operation 2 months ago to correct a deviated septum and to remove the hump on the nasal bridge.

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Asked on 30 September 2010

Question

I had a septorhinoplasty operation 2 months ago to correct a deviated septum and to remove the hump on the nasal bridge. The hump on the nose had been removed by rasping (closed approach was used). However, the bridge line appears to look wider and the nostrils are wider than before, especially when I smile. I have seen my surgeon recently and he also acknowledges that the nose does look wider and said that he would monitor me for several months. The button nose that I had before the surgery has gone and I made it clear before the surgery that I didn't want the structure to change. If there is a genuine fault will I be eligible to have reconstructive surgery on the NHS for my original profile as a mistake was made.

Answer

It is still too early to give an opinion on this matter, as the swelling of the bridge and tip of the nose is far from settled.

It usually takes a year to reach a stage where the changes are a almost final.

However, to the best of my knowledge, even if the outcome is unsatisfactory from the perspective that you have described, it does not qualify for treatment through the NHS. You may want to verify this with your GP though.

Lucian Ion Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Lucian Ion FRCS(Plast)
129 Harley Street
London
W1G 6BA

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