4 ways you know you’re ready for cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery can have fabulously transformative effects not only physically, but it can give your self-confidence a real boost. However, as a procedure that makes a permanent change and involves surgery under general anaesthetic, it is a big decision to make. Here are five steps to making that choice with confidence and conviction.

1. You’ve done your research on the cosmetic surgery procedure:

To make a decision of this magnitude, you need it to be an informed one. Read up on what is involved, not just in terms of the surgery itself but the recovery period and the long-term results. Prepare for your cosmetic surgery: Mr Tariq Ahmad finds that patients who attend his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic armed with a written list of questions appear to get more out of the session.

2. You’ve spoken to friends and family:

People who know you well are a great sounding board when you are considering cosmetic surgery. They are likely to ask you some pertinent questions, so you can feel confident that when you do go ahead with surgery, you have been honest with both others and yourself about your motivations.

3. You’ve found a cosmetic surgeon you trust:

It is essential that you feel safe and comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon. Firstly, you need to feel confident in their abilities so ask them about their qualifications and experience. Secondly, do you feel your surgeon is honest with you? Having a good rapport with your surgeon will put you at ease and give you encouragement that the results will be what you desire – and expect.

4. You understand the limitations of cosmetic surgery:

On the whole, those patients who are realistic in their expectations and understand what cosmetic surgery can and cannot do are significantly happier with the end results. To this end, Cambridge-based Mr Ahmad will always discuss your objectives and motivations at length during your cosmetic surgery consultation.

Top 4 cosmetic surgery risks – and how they are minimized

As with any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery carries an element of risk. How great this risk is will depend on your health, your medical history and the type of procedure. Here are four of the most frequently asked about risks.

1. Anaesthesia-related complications:

Patients with a history of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease or lung disease are at a higher risk of developing complications such as blood clots. Being in the best physical condition possible will reduce such risks. Mr Tariq Ahmad works with highly experienced anaesthetists at Cambridge’s top private hospitals; their expertise means they are well placed to act fast should complications arise.

2. Incision infection:

The risk of infection is kept to a minimum by antibiotics coupled with judicious care both at the time of surgery and in the aftercare schedule. Your surgeon should outline the plan for follow-up care in your cosmetic surgery consultation.

3. Scarring scares:

All cosmetic surgery will involve a degree of scarring, but the more skilled the surgeon, the finer the scar – and there are techniques that allow the discreet positioning of incision scars. By following your surgeon’s instructions on wound care, you can aid the healthy healing of your scar.

4. Disappointment:

What if cosmetic surgery hasn’t made the changes you thought it would? Go into surgery with realistic expectations by talking through your objectives with your cosmetic surgeon and asking how achievable they are.

During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will discuss your medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination, and ensure you understand all the potential risks associated with the procedure. He will also discuss your objectives and explain the limitations of surgery. Mr Ahmad practices in Cambridge’s top private hospitals so his patients can feel confident that they will receive the highest standard of care.

Top 5 tips to help you prepare for cosmetic surgery

1. Find a cosmetic surgeon you trust:

Having confidence in your surgeon’s abilities is paramount to your feeling comfortable on the day of the procedure so choose your surgeon with care. Do they have all the appropriate qualifications and expertise? Do you like their bedside manner? Do you trust them to be honest with you?

2. Make the most of your cosmetic surgery consultation:

Tthis is an invaluable opportunity to quiz your surgeon on their practice and the details of the procedure. Mr Tariq Ahmad finds that his cosmetic surgery candidates who have done their research in advance, and come with a list of prepared questions, leave their Cambridge consultation with a much clearer idea of what lies ahead. It is also the time to ensure that patients have realistic objectives and understand the limitations of surgery.

3. Research what to expect after your cosmetic surgery:

During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Ahmad will talk you through the recovery and aftercare, advising what you should expect to feel and for how long, and what you will and will not be able to do in the aftermath of surgery. In addition to this you can find out online about other people’s post-operative experiences.

4. Think ‘practicalities’:

Accept that you are going to be out of action for a little while and, depending on your commitments and dependants, line up some help at home. You will require help to get home after your cosmetic surgery and then some TLC for the first couple of days. Fill your freezer and your cupboards, and get in any supplies you will need for your recovery, for example, ice packs.

5. Nurture your body after cosmetic surgery:

Prepare yourself for the strains of cosmetic surgery by being fit and healthy. Those patients who are in top physical condition are able to cope with and bounce back after surgery much better. Get fit, eat well, and rest up.

Three questions to ask yourself about the timing of your cosmetic surgery

More and more people are waking up to the fantastic natural-looking, confidence-boosting results that cosmetic surgery can produce: there were 17% more procedures carried out in 2013 than the previous year. When considering cosmetic surgery, there is comfort in knowing that thousands of others are also doing it, but the personal decision is still an enormous one. There are times in life that making such decisions is inadvisable, so here are three questions to ask yourself:

1. Am I too stressed for cosmetic surgery?

If you are going through a divorce, or a traumatic house move, or have recently lost a loved one, it is natural to want to make big decisions that you think will solve certain problems in your life. You may well be thrilled with the results of a breast augmentation or facelift but it might be wise to think about it a little further down the line when there is less turmoil in your life. Give yourself some respite from big decisions.

2. Do I feel fit and well?

You need to be medically fit before any reputable surgeon will recommend you undergo cosmetic surgery and, to this end, Mr Tariq Ahmad will take your full medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination at you Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation. But to make a speedy recovery from any surgery, you need to be healthy and strong both mentally and physically.

3. Am I choosing cosmetic surgery for the right reasons?

Be honest with yourself about your motivations for and expectations of cosmetic surgery. Are you doing this for you, or to please someone else? Are you being realistic both in terms of what you will look like after surgery, and what impact it will have on your life? Many years’ experience tells Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad that those patients who have surgery to please themselves alone, and who have realistic goals are ultimately more satisfied.