Top 3 ways to avoid regret after cosmetic surgery

If you have spent many years feeling intensely self-conscious about an aspect of your face or body, the decision to have cosmetic surgery can be an immensely liberating one – and the results can be very pleasing indeed. However, it is natural to hear a niggling voice of doubt. Indeed, a question Mr Tariq Ahmad hears very frequently in his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic is: ‘how do I know I’m not going to regret it afterwards?’

1. Do over-think it:

Opting to have cosmetic surgery is not something one does on a whim. If you are at the point of actively researching it, it is likely that you’ve spent many years mulling the idea over. Ask yourself lots of soul-searching questions: why am I thinking about it? What do I think is going to change? Am I doing this to please me and no one else? Have I explored the alternative? Am I sure it will be worth it? Don’t just have honest conversations with yourself: share your thought processes with someone who knows you well.

2. Choose your cosmetic surgeon carefully:

If you are sure you want to go down the cosmetic surgery route, then make sure you place yourself in the best hands. By choosing a surgeon who is a member of BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) you can be sure that you are in the care of someone who is a leader in their field, who is trained and experienced to the top level, and is rated highly by their peers. Their professional integrity prevents them from promoting their products so you will never feel pressurised into making any decision.

3. Be realistic:

During a consultation with Cambridge-based surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad, you will have a candid conversation about your expectations of cosmetic surgery – and how realistic these are. Understanding the limitations of surgery is integral to being satisfied with final results.

3 reasons to have confidence in your cosmetic surgeon

How do you choose which cosmetic surgeon to go with? Most people who have had a positive experience will say that being convinced and reassured by their surgeon’s credentials, skills and manner was a vital factor. Here are three things to look for in your surgeon that should make you feel confident.

1. Being member of BAAPS:

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons is a prestigious professional body made up of 173 leading cosmetic surgeons. All members are committed to the most stringent safety standards, maintaining an advanced level of training and are only admitted by peer review of experience of cosmetic surgery. Each member is also a member of BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) and listed on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons.

2. Covered by Aesthetic Surgery Commitment:

Another plus to choosing a BAAPS member as your surgeon is that they are all covered by the Aesthetic Surgery Commitment (ASC) – a unique insurance that has been tailored to protect the cosmetic surgery patient. In the unlikely event that you are diagnosed with a condition that requires revision surgery, the policy covers corrective treatment for a period of 24 months post-surgery.

3. Honest dialogue:

For the most comfortable cosmetic surgery experience, you need to feel safe in your surgeon’s hands. To this end, Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad considers the cosmetic surgery consultation to be of vital importance. At his Cambridge clinic, he will initially discuss your goals at length. After noting your medical history and conducting a thorough physical examination he will tailor a surgical plan to your individual needs and, crucially, explain the limitations of surgery. Mr Ahmad believes that those patients who have realistic expectations emerge the more satisfied with the results.

Top 3 questions to ask when considering cosmetic surgery abroad

Having cosmetic surgery abroad looks like an attractive option: the operation costs are usually less and you can enjoy a holiday while you are at it – can’t you? If you are thinking of going down this road, here are five questions to ask.

1. How safe is it?

When seeking a cosmetic surgeon in the UK there are regulating bodies to guide you towards a safe choice. A surgeon who is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, a member of a professional body such as BAPRAS or BAAPS, and who operates in reputable clinics approved by the Care Quality Commission such as Cambridge’s Nuffield, will meet the highest of safety standards. When going abroad for cosmetic surgery, you are unlikely to meet your surgeon until you are there so check out their credentials in advance.

2. What is the deal with follow-up care?

The best case scenario is that you will fly home several days after your surgery and you will experience no complications – but what happens if something goes wrong when you are back in the UK? Does the clinic have a UK provider who will treat you? Or do you have to fly back – in which case who pays? Cambridge-based surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad sees patients for multiple appointments after their cosmetic surgery and they are only discharged when everyone is happy that the procedure has been a success.

3. How are the costs broken down?

On the face of it, going abroad for cosmetic surgery often appears to be the best option for your wallet. However, have all your travel and living costs been factored in? What about aftercare and corrections? Before committing, check there are no hidden costs – and don’t assume that anything unforeseen will be covered by your travel insurance as this is unlikely.

3 reasons to allow yourself recovery time after cosmetic surgery

Getting back to normal after cosmetic surgery is a rational desire; after all, you want to get on with enjoying the results. However, in any discussion about the recovery, your cosmetic surgeon will emphasise that you need to allow your body time to heal. Here’s why:

1. Don’t compromise the healing process.

When Mr Tariq Ahmad’s cosmetic surgery patients leave his Cambridge clinic after their surgery, they are given written guidance on things to do and things to avoid. This will include advice on subjects such as sun exposure, wound care, movements and exercises that help or hinder, and for how long to wear bandages or support garments. By following these aftercare instructions you will encourage healing; cutting corners may slow down or disrupt the process and could adversely affect the aesthetic outcomes, too.

2. Your body needs to recover from the anaesthetic.

General anaesthetic used in surgery is very safe, and Mr Ahmad only works with the most qualified and experienced anaesthetists in Cambridge’s top private hospitals. However, as safe as it is, it puts pressure on your body and it takes a while to shake off the effects afterwards. You will feel groggy after surgery and tired for several days.

3. You don’t know how you are going to feel.

The vast majority of cosmetic surgery patients are thrilled with the final results but you need to be prepared to wait a while to see them. How long before you can appreciate the final look will depend on the procedure and how much swelling there is. Sometimes there is a mental adjustment to make, especially with a procedure such as a rhinoplasty where you are making alterations to something as character defining as your face. After your cosmetic surgery you will certainly have some swelling and bruising, but you may also be feeling a little vulnerable – so clear you diary and give yourself some space.