Top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures for men

Cosmetic surgery is no longer the exclusive domain of women. According to figures released by BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), men accounted for one in ten procedures in the UK in 2013 and this was an increase of 16% on the year before – and it is anticipated that this will only go up next year. What are the most popular procedures amongst men?

1. Rhinoplasty: for the first time in 2013 nose job figures topped 1000 with 1037 operations. Many of the men presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge rhinoplasty clinic will have sustained an injury playing sport, but some patients seek nose reshaping surgery because they have always been unhappy with their profile. While the intricacies of nasal anatomy make a rhinoplasty one of the more complex of cosmetic surgery procedures, it is one of Mr Tariq Ahmad specialisms.

2. Eyelid surgery: also known as a blepharoplasty, this is a surgical procedure that tackles the signs of ageing (folding, bagging, pouching) on the eyelids by removing excess skin and fat, and by strengthening slackening muscles. For some, surgery on either upper or lower lid is sufficient, but many men opt for treatment on both.

3. Breast reduction: an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery procedure, with 24% more men seeking to get rid of their ‘moobs’ than the year before.

4. Liposuction: this fat-busting procedure has seen the most rapid growth in popularity as more and more men turn to surgery to eradicate those stubborn pockets of fat.

5. Ear correction: Mr Tariq Ahmad sees many men in his Cambridge clinic who see to correct irregularities in their ear shape or size. This can be a relatively straightforward procedure when in the hands of an experienced surgeon who has particular expertise in this area, and Mr Tariq Ahmad finds that it has a high level of patient satisfaction.

Cambridge plastic surgeon on local news

Earlier this week, Cambridge plastic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad appeared on Anglia News, in a piece on cleft palates. As well as his busy private practice, Mr Tariq Ahmad is one of the leading facial plastic surgeons working at the NHSAddenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge that treats all babies born with cleft palates in the East of England.

This year the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, which supports and helps 22,000 members across the UK, is marking its 35th anniversary. Anglia News interviewed the parents of Tom Murfitt, born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, who has already had three major operations at Cambridge's Addenbrooke's hospital, before he has even reached his second birthday.

Mr Tariq Ahmad, who performs many cleft lip and palate surgeries at the Addenbrooke's hospital in the Cambridge, was interviewed about the possible causes of this condition:

Most of the time it's just one of those things like being born with more prominent ears, it's just variations you might see from time to time. But if you think of it broadly, it's a mixture of both your family, your genes, the genetics and the environment. We know you can get identical twins that have the same genes, with one person having a cleft and one not. So you know it's not entirely genetic.

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Four questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon

When you are entrusting your looks and health to a cosmetic surgeon, you want to be confident in their abilities and to understand what the procedure involves. Here are five important questions to ask during your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation.

What are your qualifications?

To be in the best hands, you should choose a surgeon who is on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons. They should also be a member of BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons); to be a member of this professional body, surgeons have to meet high standards of safety, training and care.

What is your experience in my cosmetic surgery procedure?

So your surgeon has the right qualifications but do they have lots of experience of the type of cosmetic surgery you are planning? Ask your surgeon for how long they have been performing the procedure and how regularly, and what their particular specialism is. They should be able to show you before and after photos of similar procedures.

What are the risks of this cosmetic surgery procedure?

All surgery comes with an element of risk so you need to feel confident that the medical care is of the highest standard. And each procedure will have its own particular risks; your surgeon should be able to describe the potential risks and explain how each one is minimised. Mr Tariq Ahmad practices in Cambridge’s top private hospitals – the Spires and the Nuffield – which have a reputation for clinical excellence.

What are the limitations?

Mr Tariq Ahmad’s approach to cosmetic surgery is about creating a natural look through enhancing and augmenting – rather than correcting or completely changing. Each procedure will have its limitations. During the Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation you will have a frank conversation with Mr Tariq Ahmad about what you hope to achieve from surgery, and how realistic that goal is.

Three things that make you a suitable candidate for cosmetic surgery

The purpose of the Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation is to ascertain whether this is the right path for you. Here are three things that Mr Tariq Ahmad looks for in the ideal candidate.

1. Have you done your cosmetic surgery research?

Cosmetic surgery is not something to be had on a whim. Mr Tariq Ahmad has a long list of patients who are thrilled with the results of their cosmetic surgery, but every procedure involves an element of risk, a financial investment and has a permanent effect on your body. You need to understand the journey on which you are about to embark. Mr Ahmad finds that those patients who have researched the procedure before their cosmetic surgery consultation, and come with a list of prepared questions, get a lot more out of the session.

2. Are your cosmetic surgery goals realistic?

If you are expecting cosmetic surgery to change your life completely, then you need to think some more. In your consultation, Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask you to describe what you don’t like about your face or body, and what you hope to achieve from surgery. With his years of surgical experience and artistic eye, Mr Tariq Ahmad will analyse your features and tailor a cosmetic surgery plan to get you as close to your goal as possible – and you will have a candid discussion about what is indeed achievable.

3. How well will you care for yourself?

Cosmetic surgery is not a quick fix, and preparation and aftercare all play a part. Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications during surgery and it is crucial that you abstain from all nicotine products in the perioperative period; are you prepared to do this? Or to keep your weight stable if this is advised? Mr Tariq Ahmad finds that his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients are so pleased with the results that they happily make changes to maintain them post-surgery.

Top 3 reasons to choose a cosmetic surgeon

With so many practitioners advertising their cosmetic surgery services, how do you know which one to choose? Here are three things to consider.

1. Does the cosmetic surgeon come recommended?

Before deciding on a practitioner, it is always reassuring to hear someone else say, ‘I went there and I’m really happy with the results.’ Ask around family and friends – or even friends of friends. If they have had cosmetic surgery, where did they go? Was it a positive experience and are they pleased with the results?

2. Is the cosmetic surgeon accredited?

The NHS advises that you check your cosmetic surgeon is registered on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons with the General Medical Council. You will also want your surgeon to be a member of BAAPS – the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Members are rigorously trained, work in reputable hospitals and clinics, are committed to continuous training, and are required to submit an annual safety audit of their work. Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad is a BAAPS member, and practices at the respected Spires and Nuffield Hospitals.

3. Will you meet the cosmetic surgeon in the consultation?

Be wary of a cosmetic surgery practice that offers you a consultation with someone other than the surgeon who will carry out the procedure. It is essential that you have a face-to-face session with your surgeon – one where you have ample opportunity to describe what you want to change, voice doubts and ask questions, and the cosmetic surgeon can personally assess your body shape, judge your suitability and plan a realistic outcome. Only by meeting your surgeon at this stage can you feel confident that you will be satisfied with the results of the procedure. Mr Tariq Ahmad sees all of his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients personally, and will discuss at length your expectations, and tailor a bespoke plan for you.