A STUDENT whose nose "collapsed" after her quest for "perfect" looks led her to consult an Embarassing Bodies surgeon is suing the consultant for tens of thousands of pounds.
27-year-old Mijn Zahir said she had to have two subsequent nose jobs to correct the damage done in July 2010 by leading cosmetic surgery Shailesh Vadodaria.
Before going under the knife she told Mr Vadodaria she wanted the "ideal" nose, with "perfect symmetry".
Instead she said she was horrified to find that weakened cartilage inside her nostril had led to the "collapse" of her nose, along with a "kink" and an "asymmetrical nasal tip".
She accused the surgeon of "negligent surgical technique" and "mishandling" of the operation.
She is now seeking £35,000 after initially claiming up to £100,000.
Mr Vadodaria, who regularly appears on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies as a cosmetic surgery expert, claimed that Miss Zahir's expectations of "perfect symmetry" were unreasonable.
"A surgeon cannot be held negligent because the result is not perfect," he said.
The procedure was intended to shave her cartilage and slim her nose down.
Christopher Stephenson, representing Miss Zahir, explained to the judge that inside a person's nose there are twin "rims" of cartilage, "not unlike the McDonald's arches..(or) the stiffener in a shirt collar".
He said the cartliage rims "prevent the nostrils from collapsing when one breathes in during respiration."
The barrister said Mis Zahir's nose "collapsed" and "deviated", meaning she had difficulty breathing.
She was also deeply unhappy with the look of her new nose, which Stephenson described as having an "irregular nose tip, asymmetrical nose and collapsing right side."
An expert medical witness for Miss Zahir said that, in his opinion, the "collapse of the right nostril" was down to "negligent surgical technique" and "mishandling" of the operation by the surgeon.
He told the judge: "The damage caused in this procedure is outside the range to be expected. Minor irregularities do occur, but I consider this to be far from minor."
Mr Vadodaria, who has clincs Harley Street and Glasgow and is known for appearing in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, strenuously denied the claims.
Ranald Davidson, for the surgeon, told the court that 15-20% of nose jobs need to be redone.
He also argued that Miss Zahir's nose was slightly misshapen before the operation.
"The results of cosmetic procedures are variable. A surgeon cannot be held negligent because the result is not perfect.
"Miss Zahir talks about her nose not being ideal (after Mr Vadodaria's surgery).
"Any surgeon cannot produce an ideal result. One cannot guarantee perfect symmetry."
He added: "She was given adequate warning regarding the risk of revision surgery and residual asymmetry.
"There is a risk inherent in these procedures of creating asymmetry."
Miss Zahir orginally claimed up to £100,000 in compensation, but is now understood to have agreed to accept £35,000 now, plus substantial legal costs, should liability be proved.
Mr Vadodaria hit the headlines last year when one of his patients died from an infection after he performed an £8,000 "Brazilian bum lift" on her.
A coroners investigation found she died from complications related to the operation and that Mr Vadodaria was not implicated in any wrongdoing.