Botched Rhinoplasty

This article was updated on August 18th, 2023 at 08:25 pm

Rhinoplasty is a surgery which changes the shape or size of your nose, commonly referred to as “nose job“. Although rhinoplasty is generally safe to perform, there are cases where this can go wrong. It’s known as a bungled rhinoplasty. We’re going to discuss the reasons and symptoms of a failed rhinoplasty in this document.


A botched rhinoplasty can occur due to a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes are:

  •  Unexperienced surgeon: it may be difficult to achieve the results you seek with a surgeon who has no experience in rhinoplasty. 
  • Bad communication: results might not be consistent with the patient’s expectations if there is no clear communication between the patient and surgeon.
  • Complex problems: It may be hard to obtain desired results if a patient has an anatomical problem with their nose, such as deviated septum. 
  • Infection: infection may result in complications that could lead to an unsuccessful rhinoplasty, if the patient develops infections after surgery.


The symptoms of a botched rhinoplasty can vary depending on the severity of the issue. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Asymmetry: If it appears to be different on both sides of your nose, this may indicate that you’ve had a failed rhinoplasty. 
  • Breathing difficulties: if the patient is having difficulty breathing in their nose, it may be because of a botched rhinoplasty.
  • Scarring: A sign of a botched rhinoplasty may be excessive scar tissue around the nose. 
  • Discomfort and pain: It can be a sign of something happening if the patient has been experiencing any kind of discomfort or pain after surgery.

Lastly, there can be a variety of reasons for an unmitigated rhinoplasty to occur such as untrained surgeon, poor communication, anatomical issues and infections. There may be different symptoms of a failed rhinoplasty, but these might include an asymmetry, breathing difficulties, scars, discomfort and pain. In order to minimize the risk of incorrect rhinoplasty, it is crucial that we select a qualified and skilled surgeon.

Botched nose job

Complications of Botched Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the nose. However, the operation may turn out to be unsuccessful in some cases leading to a bungled rhinoplasty. The failure of the rhinoplasty may lead to a wide range of complications that can have an enormous impact on one’s life.

Some of the complications that can arise from a botched rhinoplasty include:

  1. Breathing difficulties: due to narrowing in the nasal passages, there may be a problem with breathing when rhinoplasty is performed incorrectly. 
  2. Infections: The use of sterile equipment during the procedure may result in infections.
  3. Scarring: A crooked rhinoplasty may result in a scar, which can be unpleasant and hard to deal with. 
  4. if the rhinoplasty procedure is poorly performed, it may result in permanently altered nose shapes that can negatively affect one’s self esteem.
  5. Chronic pain: Botched rhinoplasty can cause chronic pain, which can be difficult to manage. 
  6. Emotional distress: The psychological impact of a botched rhinoplasty can be significant, leading to emotional distress and a loss of confidence.

When selecting a rhinoplasty surgeon to reduce the risk of complication, it is important to take account of his experience and qualifications. To manage any complications and pain or discomfort, seek medical attention immediately if you have undergone a botched rhinoplasty.

In conclusion, a botched rhinoplasty can lead to a range of complications, including breathing difficulties, infections, scarring, deformity, chronic pain, and emotional distress. In the event of any complications, it is important to select a suitably qualified surgeon and have him or her examined as soon as possible.

Treatment for Botched Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplastic surgery is an operation intended to correct the nose’s shape. Some patients may be affected by complication or undesirable results that are often described as bad rhinoplasty, despite the great success of this procedure. The procedure for Failed Rhinoplasty differs, depending on the extent and severity of the problem. 

Nonsurgical treatment, such as corticosteroids, is recommended by the surgeon for small cases.injections or filler injections to correct the issue. However, in severe cases, revision rhinoplasty may be necessary to correct the botched results.

Revision rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery which addresses the problems that were encountered during the initial operation. In order to achieve the necessary results, different techniques may be used by a surgeon including twinning, shaping and reconstructing. It is important to point out that revision rhinoplasty involves a very complex surgical procedure which requires the expertise of an expert surgeon.

The patient should communicate their concerns and expectations to his or her surgeon in a clear manner prior to the revision rhinoplasty. In order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment, the surgeon should carry out a thorough nose examination and evaluation. In addition, the patient should have realistic expectations and understand that revision rhinoplasty may not completely restore the nose to its original state.

Finally, it is important to note that the severity of the problem determines whether or not botched rhinoplasty will be treated. For mild cases, nonsurgical rhinoplasty treatment may be sufficient, while rhinoplasty revision may be necessary for severe cases. Choosing the most qualified and competent surgeon to perform revision rhinoplasty is of utmost importance, as well as having reasonable expectations for results.

Preventing Botched Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure. However, it carries the risk of complications, including botched results. Here are some tips for preventing botched rhinoplasty:

  1.  Make sure the surgeon is qualified and experienced: research potential surgeons thoroughly before you commit to a rhinoplasty procedure. Look for boardcertified plastic surgeons who have extensive experience with nose reshaping surgery. Please take a look at the photos of their previous work before and after.
  2.  Be clear about your objectives: make sure you tell the surgeon what it is that you want to achieve during a consultation. Tell us about the changes you’d like to see in your nose.
  3.  Realize the limitations of surgery: rhinoplasty may make your nose look better, but it is not capable of entirely changing its shape or size. Be sure you’re expecting the procedure to go well.
  4.  Follow the instructions given by your doctor before and after surgery: Your doctor will give you instructions on how to follow them before and after surgery. Careful attention must be paid to these instructions, with a view to ensuring an effective and safe outcome.
  5.  Make sure you are patient during recovery: Rhinoplasty requires a significant period of time to recover. In order to ensure a correct healing and prevent complications, it is essential that patients are treated with care and follow all instructions after the operation.

By following these tips, you can help prevent a botched rhinoplasty and achieve your desired results.

Dr. Görkem Atsal was born in Amasaya in 1988. He graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 2012. Specify graduation official (in year): 2012 Yozgat Intercession State Hospital(2012) Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesia (2013) Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (2014) Health Sciences University İzmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (2015-2018) Turkish Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Association Facial Plastic Surgery School (2020-2021)