Top 3 ways to natural-looking cosmetic surgery

For many patients who present at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic, a leading concern is ‘I don’t want to look as if I’ve had “work” done’. So how do you go about achieving the natural look?

1. Choose a skilled cosmetic surgeon

As cosmetic surgery becomes more accessible and new clinics pop up each week, finding the surgeon who has the expertise – and the experience – is increasingly important. The key criteria are that your cosmetic surgeon is on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and that they have a proven track record in the type of surgery you are after. Ask them how often they perform the procedure and can they share their patient satisfaction rates with you? What about before and after photos? Perhaps they are at the top of their game and teach others?

2. Work with your natural features

Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad describes the goal of his practice as ‘to enhance natural beauty through plastic surgery’. By using their skills to augment rather than change, a cosmetic surgeon can produce some very natural looking results. For example, during a breast augmentation consultation, Mr Ahmad assesses his patient’s frame and this informs his guidance on what size implant would be most appropriate; implants that are overly large for a woman’s frame are unlikely to look natural. Similarly, it is crucial that nose reshaping surgery takes into account the other facial features to ensure a natural harmony and balance.

3. Recognise the limitations of cosmetic surgery

It is vital that you have realistic expectations of cosmetic surgery and understand just what it can and cannot do. By trying to dramatically change your features through cosmetic surgery, you risk both unnatural-looking results and general disappointment. To this end, during your cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will quiz you on your motivations and objectives, and advise you how best to achieve natural beauty through surgery.

Top 5 tips for a quicker recovery after cosmetic surgery

During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will talk you through the practicalities of the procedure, and what to expect after surgery. You will be given a clear idea then, and when you are discharged from hospital afterwards, of how long the healing process will be. Here are some tips on how to aid an efficient recovery.

1. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s post-operative instructions

How quickly you get back to normal will depend on the procedure itself. Cambridge-based Mr Ahmad sends his patients home after surgery with comprehensive advice on what activities to avoid and for how long, and when you can remove bandages and splints.

2. Bring that swelling down

In the first days after most cosmetic surgery procedures, you are likely to feel some discomfort, and much of this can be attributed to post-surgical swelling. There are several things you can do to combat this including applying ice packs to the swollen area and maintaining an elevated position which will enable optimal blood circulation. A specialist compression garment may be appropriate – for example, after a breast augmentation or abdominoplasty. They can reduce post-operative discomfort and swelling, and improve the aesthetic results of the surgery.

3. Arrange a helping hand

Again, depending on the type of cosmetic surgery you have, your mobility and strength will be limited in the immediate aftermath. Make arrangements ahead for someone to help out with looking after your children, walking your dog or just to take care of you.

4. Get some sleep

When we sleep, our cell tissues regenerate – you need to give your body this chance. Sleep can reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.

5. Give your body a chance

While you may be eager to get back to normal, don’t hurry healing. By resting, eating well and asking for help, you are likely to make a speedier recovery – and be sooner able to enjoy the results of your Cambridge cosmetic surgery.

3 indications that you’re in safe hands with your cosmetic surgeon

There are numerous cosmetic surgery providers in the marketplace and deciding whom to trust with your health and your looks can be overwhelming. Here are three key professional qualities to look for:

1. Regulation and Professionalism

Check that any cosmetic surgeon whose services you are considering is a member of regulating and professional bodies. Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad is regulated as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons but is also a member of several key associations which indicate that he is a leading specialist in this field. Whether you are considering rhinoplasty, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or a facelift it is crucial to ensure that your cosmetic surgeon is not only qualified and regulated but an expert in his or her field. As a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), Mr Tariq Ahmad is on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons maintained by the General Medical Council and regulated by the GMC.

2. Leading the field

When you choose to have cosmetic surgery, it is comforting to know that you are in the care of a surgeon at the top of their game. All BAAPS members learn cosmetic surgery in recognised training centres and hospitals; recently qualified practitioners learn from more experienced surgeons. Mr Ahmad has taught at Cambridge University and has been a Consultant for seventeen years; he is a leader in his field.

3. The experience of years

When a surgeon has performed a procedure many, many times over the years, they will have mastered a wide range of techniques and skills. Additionally, they will have seen patients of all shapes, sizes and ages and from all walks of life in their clinics. Mr Ahmad’s experience means that he acts as a true consultant, helping to guide you through the process to find out whether cosmetic surgery really is for you.

5 reasons you know a cosmetic surgeon is right for you

Once you’ve made that momentous decision to have cosmetic surgery, the next biggest challenge is finding the right cosmetic surgeon for the job. There are certain regulatory standards they should meet but it’s not just letters after a surgeon’s name that gives confidence. Here are five additional criteria for your checklist to ensure you’re happy with your choice:

1. A professional practice?

You’ve made appointments and been for your cosmetic surgery consultation. Did you get a good feel for the set up? Were the surgeon and their support staff both welcoming and efficient?

2. Confident of their expertise?

Check up on your surgeon’s qualifications and trainings, but also on their experience of a particular procedure. Do they sound like an expert in their field? Do the before and after photos they show you act as a testament to that?

3. A good listener?

During the consultation, did you feel that your surgeon took on board your objectives and concerns? When they discussed the surgical plan, did it sound tailored to you rather than a one-procedure-fits-all approach?

4. Do you have a good rapport?

It’s important to feel comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon. You may feel nervous as you prepare for surgery, and sensitive and vulnerable in the immediate aftermath; is their bedside manner reassuring?

5. Can you trust them to be honest?

Does your instinct tell you that your surgeon is putting your interests first, and that they’ve been candid about the limitations of surgery? Would they tell you if the risks outweigh the benefits, or if the improvements will be so marginal that it’s not worth having cosmetic surgery?

In the view of Cambridge-based cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad, the importance of the consultation cannot be emphasised enough: establishing an open communication between surgeon and patient is vital to patient satisfaction. For this reason, his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinics are unhurried and unpressurised sessions, with plenty of opportunity for questions.

5 cosmetic surgery myths debunked

1. Everyone can tell you’ve had cosmetic surgery

By choosing a highly experienced cosmetic surgeon, someone who has an eye for natural beauty and the skill with which to enhance it, you can have surgery that is discreet but thoroughly effective. The goal of a responsible cosmetic surgeon is to augment rather than change. Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad has a long list of patients who are delighted with their natural-looking results.

2. Any improvements will be undermined by scars

It is not possible to have surgical incisions without having scars but the more skilled the surgeon, the finer the scar can be. Your cosmetic surgeon can advise you what you can do to reduce the appearance of scars after surgery. Additionally, incisions are sited discreetly where possible so they can be concealed: for example, in the hairline, under the breast, below the bikini line.

3. You will never be able to sunbathe again

You will be advised to keep your incision scar covered up when in the sun for a year after surgery to avoid the tissue burning and darkening permanently but this is the only specific advice. Otherwise, a doctor’s advice will be the same to those who have had cosmetic surgery and those who haven’t: sun damage is ageing and by limiting exposure you will be doing your skin a kindness.

4. Cosmetic surgery will solve all your problems

Cosmetic procedures can certainly boost self-confidence and have a transforming effect on many people’s lives. However, you need to be clear on why you are having surgery and be aware of the limitations. During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask about your motivations and only proceed if you are realistic in your expectations.

5. Cosmetic surgery is only for women

Male patients accounted for 10% of the cosmetic surgery performed in 2013 with rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery being the most popular.