What checks should I do on my cosmetic surgeon?

Finding a cosmetic surgeon that you can communicate easily with and trust implicitly is the first, most important step in ensuring the eventual success of whichever cosmetic surgery procedure you choose.

Good communication is key because you have to be able to articulate clearly exactly what feature of your face or body is bothering you, how you would like it to change and, sometimes even more importantly, what you don't want to happen. If you're not able to articulate this to your cosmetic surgeon they may be reluctant to proceed with the surgery.

Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad will sometimes advise his cosmetic surgery patients that they take some time to think about exactly what they wish to achieve with cosmetic surgery procedure before they take this step. This is because they do now wish their patients to ever regret their decision, but also if you're not clear on what you wish to change then you may deem the procedure a failure, however 'successful' it may be perceived by others.

A cosmetic surgeon of Mr Ahmad's standing always offers a lengthy consultation to allow enough time for him to assess the expectations of the patient and whether they are realistic.

How do I assess my cosmetic surgeon's expertise?

If you are lucky then you will have recommendations from maybe a friend or family member, but often people may wish not to discuss whether they may have had cosmetic surgery or not. Your GP may be a valuable source of information, but that is not always the case. In this instance, the internet is often where a prospective cosmetic surgery patient will find their surgeon.

A local cosmetic surgeon is usually best, as they are situated nearby for any follow-up appointments and to monitor your aftercare closely. Most complications are rare following a cosmetic surgery procedure, but if something does occur then having your cosmetic surgeon on hand is crucial for the best management of the problem. Mr Tariq Ahmad who offers cosmetic surgery in Cambridge and Peterborough, operates from the top private hospitals in the area and also holds an important consultant plastic surgeon position at the Addenbrooke's NHS hospital, Cambridge.

Once you have identified your local cosmetic surgeon, then you can do some research on them in advance of your consultation. You should look for a cosmetic surgeon who has held or does hold a consultant plastic surgeon position in the NHS. Membership of independent plastic surgery organisations are also a good indication to their experience and expertise. For example, Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is a member of BAAPS and BAPRAS which are the UK's leading plastic surgery associations.

The importance of a cosmetic surgery consultation

Cosmetic surgery, for the majority of patients, is a hugely successful, life-enhancing procedure that has a positive impact on their self esteem and confidence. Sometimes there may be complications after the procedure that are out of the hands of yourself or your surgeon, that has a bearing on patient satisfaction levels, but for the most part, dissatisfaction with the result of cosmetic surgery can be traced back to the consultation stage.

If you see an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon such as Mr Tariq Ahmad in Cambridge you will always have your consultation with him, right from the start. If you make an appointment and find yourself with a sales consultant (whatever title they may given, such as patient co-ordinator) then this should should ring immediate alarm bells.

Trust is key to your relationship with your cosmetic surgeon

During the consultation for his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients, Mr Tariq Ahmad offers a lengthy and unhurried period of time, during which he can get to know you and you can get to know him. Trust is a key component to the eventual success of your procedure.

Good communication is also important, as you have to be able to articulate exactly what is concerning you and what you hope to achieve from the surgery. If this isn't physically possible or if the surgeon feels that you're not clear about exactly what you want, then you will never be pleased with the results, however 'successful' others may perceive them to be.

Once you and your surgeon have agreement on what it is you are hoping for, then Mr Tariq Ahmad will be able to give you a very clear idea about what the actual procedure entails and, even more importantly, the possible complications that might ensue.

A second cosmetic surgery consultation is always available if necessary

Mr Tariq Ahmad always ensures that his cosmetic surgery patients who visit his clinics in Cambridge and Peterborough have taken all this onboard. He provides written information for them to take away and will always see them for a second consultation if necessary. Complications are rare for a plastic surgeon of Mr Tariq Ahmad's calibre, but they can occur and the patient has to be prepared fully.

Steps involved in planning for a Cosmetic Surgery in Cambridge

For the majority of patients that undergo cosmetic surgery, it is a positive, life-enhancing decision that can often transform their lives, relationships and self-esteem.

However, every surgery brings with it the potential of complications and there are always a minority of patients for whom Cosmetic Surgery doesn't fulfill their expectations. This is why it is such an important decision and there are a number of steps you should undergo before making this decision.

Step One: timing Cosmetic Surgery

The advice of any respectable plastic surgeon is that you should not consider any cosmetic surgical enhancement if you have recently experienced one of life's major upheavals. This includes bereavement or illness, divorce or the breakdown of a relationship, or having very recently had children.

Mr Tariq Ahmad, a plastic surgeon based in Cambridge and Peterborough, always questions patients at a consultation on what is driving this desire for cosmetic enhancement. If he feels that they are not making the decision in the correct frame of mind, he counsels them to take some time to think very hard about their choice and often suggests they come back at a later date for a further consultation.

Step Two: Having a clear idea of what you wish to achieve from Cosmetic Surgery

Many men and women have been thinking for many years about changing or enhancing a particular feature or part of their body. Most patients who visit Mr Tariq Ahmad for a consultation are very clear about what they wish to change and what they hope to achieve from Cosmetic Surgery and the majority have realistic expectations.

For those who cannot clearly articulate what it is that is bothering them or, alternatively, if they don't have realistic expectations, then cosmetic surgery will probably leave them dissatisfied, however 'successful' it is.

Step Three: Choosing your Cosmetic Surgeon

Often the most important choice you can make to ensure a successful outcome from Cosmetic Surgery is in your choice of surgeon. Personal recommendation from friends and family or advice from your GP can all help, but if none of these avenues are available, then the internet can be a valuable resource. The only drawback of the internet is being able to evaluate the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon.

Membership of some of the UK's independent plastic surgeon organisations can often be a good indication. They regularly evaluate their surgeons to ensure they are operating to a high standard. Mr Tariq Ahmad, for example, is a member of BAAPS and BAPRAS which are the two leading plastic surgeon organisations.

Once you've made your initial choice, then a consultation is key. Finding a plastic surgeon who you trust and can communicate clearly with can only be done on a face-to-face basis.