4 things you really need to know before having cosmetic surgery

When you attend your cosmetic surgery consultation, you will have many questions to ask your surgeon, and they will be pleased to answer them all. Here are four crucial areas you will need to cover before you can make any informed decision about having cosmetic surgery.

1. Who will be performing my cosmetic surgery?

For safe and successful cosmetic surgery, it is vital that you are in qualified, skilled and experienced hands – and by meeting this person at the consultation rather than on the day of surgery you can assess how comfortable you feel in their care. Check that your surgeon is on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and that they operate in a clinic approved by the Care Quality Commission. Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS); as such, he is committed to meeting the highest standards in safety and continued training.


2. What are the potential risks of cosmetic surgery?

All surgery carries a risk and it is vital that anyone undergoing a cosmetic procedure is fully informed, both about the general risks where an anaesthetic is involved, and with the healing process. During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Ahmad will describe the procedure and its side effects in detail.

3. How long can I expect the results to last?

The lifetime of a procedure varies greatly depending on what type of cosmetic surgery it is, but it is imperative that you have a clear idea about whether you will need repeat surgery further down the line, be it in 10 years or 20.

4. What happens if something goes wrong?

What is your surgeon’s revision policy should the procedure not go to plan and you are left with unsatisfactory results? Clearly you would rather not need this policy implemented but knowing there is one in place will enable you to make a more assured decision.

Top 4 aims of the cosmetic surgery consultation

Once you have made the decision to have cosmetic surgery, you will be looking ahead to the surgery itself and to enjoying the results afterwards. However, there is an important stage between now and then: the cosmetic surgery consultation. So what are the objectives of the consultation that make it such a key part of your cosmetic surgery journey?

1. Planning your surgery:

During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will conduct a thorough physical examination. He will ask you about your medical history and what it is you do and do not like about this part of your body and what your goals are. All this will inform Mr Ahmad’s surgical plan that is tailored to your individual needs.

2. Be clear about what is involved:

Mr Ahmad finds that those patients who come to the consultation more informed, having done some research into what surgery entails, tend to get more from the session. That said, Mr Ahmad talks all patients through the procedure, explaining what preparation they can do, what they should expect afterwards and he describes the potential risks. Final costs are also discussed at this stage.

3. Choice of surgeon:

The cosmetic surgery consultation is the time for you to check you feel happy about your choice of surgeon. Here you can check they have all the qualifications and experience necessary and that you feel comfortable with them. As they examine you, explain the procedure, and plan your surgery, do they fill you with confidence – or leave you feeling uneasy?

4. Is cosmetic surgery right for you?

Finally, one of the most important aims of the consultation is to ensure that you comfortable with your decision. Mr Ahmad always discusses motivations for and expectations of surgery with his Cambridge cosmetic surgery candidates, only proceeding if both surgeon and patient are happy to do so.

Top 3 soul-searching cosmetic surgery questions

If you have long felt self-conscious about a part of your body that is too big, too small, too saggy or too misshapen, cosmetic surgery can do wonders to boost your self-confidence. However, before you make any decisions, it is crucial that you are honest with yourself about why you are undergoing surgery, what you hope to achieve and how realistic your goals are. Here are three pertinent questions to ask yourself:

1. Who am I doing this for?

If the answer is anyone but you, think again. It is not only that you are the one who has endure the discomfort of and recovery from the procedure but making alterations to your body is a very personal decision and, even if it is something you have long wanted to change, can take some coming to terms with – imagine how much more difficult it would be if you had only done it to please your wife or boyfriend.

2. What do I expect to change?

Cosmetic surgery can improve a feature and it can certainly give you more confidence, but don’t expect it to change your life. By investing this level of hope you are surely setting yourself up for disappointment. Cambridge-based cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad emphasises to all his patients in his cosmetic surgery clinic that understanding the limitations of cosmetic surgery results in a more satisfied patient at the end of it all. To this end, he will discuss your motivations and objectives during your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, and give candid guidance on what expectations are indeed realistic.

3. Am I in the right frame of mind to make this decision?

A common trigger for booking a cosmetic surgery consultation is a big life event – perhaps a divorce, or a significant birthday. A turbulent mind is not always the most objective; might it be prudent to wait for calmer seas?

Top 3 reasons for having cosmetic surgery

Candidates presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinics seek a wide variety of procedures – and for many different reasons. Here are three of the most common ones:

1. ‘My family is complete’:

Ask anyone who has had a baby and they will probably tell you that their body took a while to bounce back. If they have had more than one child, it is likely they will say that their body has not been the same since. Childbearing, and breastfeeding if you choose to do it, takes its toll and many women find that no amount of diet or exercise can give them back their pre-baby tummy or breasts. However, by returning separated abdominal muscles to their original position, a tummy tuck can effectively get rid of the paunch that often lingers after having a baby. And the UK’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedure is a breast augmentation during which much missed volume is restored.

2. ‘I’m not ready to look this age’:

Sagging cheeks, loose skin at the throat, drooping jowls – when clubbed together, these features can make someone look tired and downtrodden when they may not feel this way at all. During a facelift consultation, Cambridge-based Mr Ahmad will assess your facial structure and advise how best to achieve a rejuvenated look.

3. ‘I’ve always hated it’:

For many people seen in Mr Ahmad’s clinic, a long-held dissatisfaction with a feature – perhaps a crooked nose, or very small breasts or excess skin on their tummy – may have led to feelings of low self-esteem. During your cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Ahmad will ask you about your goals and your expectations and make sure you understand the limitations of surgery. If you are realistic about what can be achieved, it is possible for cosmetic surgery to give your self-confidence a significant boost.