Important Things to Ask Your Cosmetic Surgeon

Your consultation is an incredibly important part of the whole cosmetic surgery procedure. From this consultation your surgeon will, firstly, find out exactly what it is you don't like about a particular feature of the face or body and will listen carefully to what you want to achieve.

Mr Tariq Ahmad also performs a full physical examination of his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients to assess the targeted area and also to ensure that the cosmetic surgery procedure he is proposing is the best one for them.

A cosmetic surgery consultation is also where you get to ask all the important questions. Mr Tariq Ahmad always ensures that his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients are fully aware of all the potential complications and benefits of the procedure before the make the important decision to proceed.

Questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon

There are a number of important questions you should ask your cosmetic surgeon during you consultation, whichever cosmetic surgery procedure you're contemplating. These include: what are you qualifications and position, what is your experience in this particular procedure; how do you handle any potential problems; are you a member of independent plastic surgery organisations.

Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is very experienced and highly qualified in a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedure and is a member of both BAAPS and BAPRAS, the UK's leading independent organisations dedicated to promoting safety and high standards in cosmetic surgery.

Questions about the cosmetic surgery procedure

You may have done lots of research in advance of the consultation, but this time is also an opportunity to ask lots of questions about the cosmetic surgery procedure you and your surgeon decide upon.

Common questions that Mr Tariq Ahmad gets asked by his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients usually cover the following: what type of anaesthesia will I require and what is the experience and qualifications of my anaesthetist; how long will surgery last; what should I expect in the days and weeks after surgery.

Most importantly, they want to know how they can get in touch after surgery if they need any help or advice; Cambridge-based cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is always on hand if you have any questions or need further care.


3 Steps to Safe Cosmetic Surgery

For most people, their decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a positive, life-enhancing decision that has an excellent impact on their self-confidence and general outlook on life. However, it is crucial that your cosmetic surgery procedure is the right procedure for you, performed at the right time and by the right practitioner.

Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad gives his cosmetic surgery patients both the benefit of his many years' experience in terms of choosing the right procedure to realise their expectations, but he is also very skilled at advising them on how best to mentally and physically prepare for making this important surgery.

Below are some of the steps you should follow to ensure you're getting the best from your Cambridge cosmetic surgery experience:

1 Make sure it's your own decision

You are the only person that should be making this decision. It's your body and your appearance and if you have any concerns then seeking help, advice or reassurance, is a good thing, but you should never be pressurised into seeking cosmetic surgery by anyone else. Mr Tariq Ahmad only offers unbiased advice during the lengthy consultations he offers his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients and you are under no obligation to go forward with cosmetic surgery after the consultation.

2 Feel comfortable with your surgeon

You and your surgeon should have a relationship based on trust and good communication. You should feel comfortable enough to be able to express your concerns and expectations from surgery and to feel that your surgeon has taken them on board.

As well as feeling comfortable with your surgeon, you should also check their experience and credentials. Membership of the UK's leading independent plastic surgery organisations can be a good indication or if they hold a consultant position as a plastic surgeon in the NHS.

3 Timing is key

Mr Tariq Ahmad believes that deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery when you are going through a period of stress can have negative implications on the health and well being of the patient. That includes moving house, changing or losing a job, losing a loved one, having recently had children and the break up of a relationship.

Overall, you should never feel pressurised into making the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery, which also includes your surgeon. Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad always advises patients to beware a surgeon who may suggest an alteration that you previously were unconcerned about before.

Take your time to think of all the implications and, if at any point, you need more advice, a reputable cosmetic surgeon such as Mr Tariq Ahmad will always make time for his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.


Top 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

The latest cosmetic surgery figures are out from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and it seems that after a few years of recession, the economy is on the rise and more men and women are opting for cosmetic surgery to enhance or restore their looks.

Men are increasingly turning to cosmetic surgery. In 2013 there was a rise of 16% of men having cosmetic surgery on 2012 – here are their top ops:

1 Rhinoplasty (9% rise on 2012)

Nose reshaping surgery is a very popular procedure with both men and women and although the procedure and techniques are essentially the same for both men and women, the look they will want is very different. Men's skin and cartilage is also, generally, thicker so it is important that you chose your rhinoplasty surgeon carefully. Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is a highly skilled rhinoplasty surgeon with many years' experience.

2 Eyelid Lifts (17% increase in 2013)

The eyes are often a big ageing give away and a blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is a very effective procedure to open up and refresh the eye area and can have a dramatic impact on the ageing process.

Showing your age is no longer a sign of wisdom and maturity, but can often count against you in a work environment and the tough times over recent years has seen many men turning to an eyelid procedure to help turn back the clock.

3 Male Breast Reduction (24% up on 2012)

The demand for the body beauty, coupled with a rise in obesity levels, has seen more and more men, of all ages and body types, looking to improve the appearance of their chest area. Mr Tariq Ahmad is able to offer both liposuction and surgery for his Cambridge male breast reduction patients, depending on their individual requirements.

Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is a member of BAAPS as well as other leading UK independent plastic surgery associations. Membership of these groups can often be a good indication of the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon, but booking a consultation with Mr Tariq Ahmad at his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic is crucial as it is important to ensure that you can trust and communicate fully with your cosmetic surgeon.

Mr Tariq Ahmad has seen the number of male Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients increase over recent years. He offers the full range of cosmetic surgery procedures to both men and women.


What happens during a cosmetic surgery consultation?

For many men and women who have been considering cosmetic surgery for many years, to correct or enhance a physical feature, their first step will be to research their cosmetic surgeon. Recommendations from friends and family are great and your local GP can be a real help, but many people use the internet which is a highly valuable resource.

Once you've chosen potential plastic surgeons then you should arrange a consultation. You have to be able to establish a solid relationship with your cosmetic surgeon based on trust and good communication and that might not happen with the first person you see. That is why it is worth having a couple of consultations – any more than two or three will probably just leave you feeling confused and unsure.

What should I expect from my consultation?

A reputable and experienced cosmetic surgeon such as Cambridge plastic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad will offer you a lengthy, unhurried consultation, during which there is no pressure or obligation to have a procedure.

The ethical guidelines that a cosmetic surgeon such as Mr Tariq Ahmad will follow dictate that he will never suggest a cosmetic procedure to you. The first step is for him to listen to your concerns about what has been bothering you and discuss in depth what you'd like to alter about your appearance.

Mr Tariq Ahmad will take a full medical history to ensure that you are fit and well for surgery. Then, when you're at ease, he will perform a thorough physical examination, depending on what part of the face or body you wish to alter.

For example, if you were planning a breast augmentation procedure Cambridge based surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad would assess both your frame and your breasts. Breast implants come in a variety of different sizes and shapes and Mr Ahmad has to plan which size and shape will be necessary to fulfil your expectations.

What I will learn in a cosmetic surgery consultation?

If Mr Tariq Ahmad feels that there is cosmetic surgery procedures that could fulfil your expectations and that your expectations are realistic then he can propose the various options. As well as explaining what would take place, he would also carefully detail all the pros and cons of the procedure. If he feels that you don't sufficiently understand the potential complications and risks he will always advise you to go away and think carefully about the implications of surgery and return if you need more information.


What's the difference between plastic and cosmetic surgery?

There is no such thing as a cosmetic surgeon in terms of a position or a qualification. This is a term that has become popular to cover surgical procedures to enhance or correct a feature of the face and body for aesthetic reasons alone. This is elective surgery in that it is not necessary medically to undertake this surgery.

Plastic surgery for aesthetic purposes has become much more popular and accessible in recent years. Whereas in the past, the NHS may have undertaken aesthetic surgery procedures they now offer this less and less and so the field has almost wholly moved into the private sector.

In the UK, there are a number of different surgical specialties such as General Surgery, Neurosurgery and Paediatric Surgery. One of this surgical specialties is Plastic Surgery and the official title of a surgeon who has specialised in plastic surgery is a Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon.

This is because much of the work that a plastic surgeon carries out in the NHS is reconstructive plastic surgery. This is aimed at improving function and appearance if that person is suffering from a defect, whether that be from birth, or as a result of injury, trauma or illness. Most well-known would be reconstructive breast surgery following treatment for breast cancer.

What experience and training does a plastic surgeon undergo before qualifying?

Your plastic surgeon will have completed their basic medical degree, before entering a surgical training programme. They will then apply for a position on a Higher Surgical Training Programme in Plastic Surgery. After passing their final exam they will then by able to use the letters FRCS (Plast) after their name and they will be on the Specialist Register of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery of the Medical Council.

Checking my cosmetic surgeon

Many plastic surgeons may use the title cosmetic surgeon because that term has passed into common parlance and many prospective patients use that term and would be confused by another term. However, it is also the case that less scrupulous practitioners that may not have the necessary qualifications or experience and use the term cosmetic surgeon without explaining the difference to their patients.

A plastic surgeon such as Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad has many years experience and training and currently holds the position of Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge.