3 ways to achieve the cosmetic surgery results YOU want

The decision to have cosmetic surgery is a very personal one. Any alterations made to your body must be at your behest, and to please you alone. Here are three tips on fulfilling your goals.

1. Think, research, discuss.

Before booking a consultation, do some serious soul-searching: is cosmetic surgery really for you? What are you expecting it to change? Are you prepared to go through the physical ordeal that is surgery, however good the care? Reading up on the procedure and looking at before and after photos may help. Discuss your ideas with friends or family whose opinion you value or, for more objective advice, talk to your GP.

2. Choose your surgeon with care.

Find a reputable cosmetic surgeon who has a proven track record with your procedure. Check they are on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and that they are a member of a professional body such as BAPRAS or BAAPS. If you feel under any pressure to commit or they suggest altering a part of your body about which you have not previously been concerned, walk away and find a different cosmetic surgeon. Not only will a good surgeon not try to sell you their products, but they will question you on whether cosmetic surgery is right for you; indeed, Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad has often guided prospective patients to non-surgical alternatives when appropriate.

3. Be specific in your brief.

During a Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask you to articulate what it is you don’t like about that part of your body and how you want it to be different. By understanding the nature of your dissatisfaction, he is better able to tailor surgery to your individual requirements, and will be candid in his advice on whether your expectations are indeed realistic.

Top 3 cosmetic surgery procedures for men in 2014

While the overall cosmetic surgery figures in the UK were down last year, there was little change in the cosmetic surgery procedures occupying the top spots. For women, the top three were, in the same order as the previous year, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery and facelift. For men, the 2013 numbers one (rhinoplasty) and two (eyelid surgery) swapped places, with breast reduction repeating its third position.

1. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery):

The demand for eyelid surgery has remained constant for the last two years, with 849 men opting to have the rejuvenating procedure. Dissatisfaction often arises when the creases of the upper eyelid – a classic sign of ageing – hood and obscure the natural shape of the eye, blurring its definition. Male patients presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge blepharoplasty clinic often ask about visible scarring, but Mr Ahmad is skilled at positioning the scars in the natural folds of the eyelid skin. This procedure can have a transformative effect, brightening and revitalising your eyes.

2. Rhinoplasty (nose job):

Although the number of nose jobs has decreased by 30 per cent, it still remains the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure with 713 performed in the UK in 2014. Cambridge-based surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad hears a wide range of reasons for his patients choosing to have a rhinoplasty; one of the most common is the desire to correct a crookedness sustained while playing sport.

3. Male breast reduction:

Just over 700 men opted for breast reduction surgery last year, over double the numbers recorded back in 2008. This steady rise suggests that men are less self-conscious about seeking cosmetic surgery for their ‘moobs’. Cosmetic surgery patients vary in age, size, background and gender; at his Cambridge clinic, Mr Ahmad, a surgeon with many years of experience, guides each individual case to their individual goal.