5 ways to be happy with your cosmetic surgery results

Any cosmetic surgery involves making a physical, emotional and financial commitment – so you want to feel sure that you are going to enjoy the results. Here are five tips to keep dissatisfaction out of the picture.

1. Have realistic expectations.

Every surgeon will tell you that the ideal candidate for cosmetic surgery is someone who is fit and healthy – and who has realistic expectations. Surgery has limitations. In the hands of a skilled and experienced surgeon, beautiful improvements can be made to your body – but you can’t be made to look like someone else altogether.

2. Do it for the right reasons.

During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask you about your motivations. It is your body – have surgery to please only yourself. Ask yourself why you are doing this. If you think it is going to solve all your problems, think on some more.

3. Avoid nasty surprises.

Being forewarned is forearmed: do your research so you know just how it will be. Unexpected procedures or side effects will quickly take the shine off the experience, so make sure you know what your cosmetic surgery involves, whether it is eyelid surgery or liposuction. You may find it useful to speak to someone who has already been through it.

4. Prepare for recovery.

Taking it easy after your surgery will help you achieve the optimal aesthetic results. Book your time off work, line up someone to help you at home, and make practical arrangements for your downtime. Clear your recovery path of stressors.

5. Choose your surgeon carefully.

To ensure the best results, find a highly qualified and experienced surgeon. Check that they are on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and ask if they are a member of BAAPS or BAPRAS; members of these prestigious professional bodies only operate in reputable clinics such as the top private hospitals in Cambridge, the Spires and the Nuffield.

Top 3 cosmetic surgery ‘what ifs’

When a patient books a Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad recommends they prepare a list of questions in advance. The consultation is your opportunity to discuss every aspect of surgery, from practicalities to how you are feeling about the procedure. Most patients will have at least one fear about the journey ahead; here are four of the most frequently voiced worries:

1. What if there are complications?

Any surgery carries an element of risk, but this risk will be assessed and managed by an experienced and highly trained team of surgeon and anaesthetist. During your consultation, you will have a physical examination and discuss your medical history so that your surgeon can assess your suitability for cosmetic surgery. They will also explain the procedure in detail, and discuss the potential complications – and what can be done to reduce the risk of them occurring.

2. What if I look like I’ve had ‘work done’?

We have all seen stories in the press where evidence of a celebrity’s cosmetic surgery is pounced on with glee. Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad is an experienced consultant cosmetic surgeon who combines surgical skill with an artistic eye, producing natural-looking and beautiful results. His approach of making discreet and subtle changes that work with the body result in his patients looking fresher, brighter – and more youthful overall.

3. What if I don’t like the results?

Having realistic expectations of your cosmetic surgery is paramount, as is having a clear idea of what the results will be. To this end, ask to see before and after photos of patients who have had the same procedure, and be honest with yourself about the limitations of surgery. Finally, choose your surgeon with care: find someone highly qualified and experienced, with high patient satisfaction rates and whose advice you feel you can trust.

3 reasons to get into your best shape BEFORE cosmetic surgery

You’ve had your initial consultation and your cosmetic surgery is booked. Now you want to just sit back and wait for the big day – but your surgeon has urged you to get active. Why?

1. Get match fit for surgery.

During a Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad takes a patient’s full medical history before conducting a physical examination. He will then go on to describe the procedure and its potential risks, including that of complications arising when under general anaesthetic. All surgery carries a risk but a patient can reduce this by being in the best physical health possible, specifically having a low BMI and an absence of nicotine in the bloodstream. Mr Ahmad is assisted by a highly qualified and experienced anaesthetist so his patients can feel confident of being in the best hands.

2. Speed up your recovery.

People who are fit tend to bounce back quicker after surgery. By putting in the effort before your cosmetic surgery, you will sooner be back on your feet and better able to enjoy the results. Ahead of your cosmetic surgery, Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad will give guidance on how you can help: for example, how smoking can interfere with scar healing, and how drinking plenty of fluids encourages efficient recovery. A cosmetic surgery procedure such as a tummy tuck involves a very lengthy scar and it's important that it heals as cleanly as possible.

3. Optimise the results.

To get the best results from your cosmetic surgery, you should be at or near your ideal weight. If unattractive loose skin has been tightened in a procedure such as a body lift, losing more weight will be counterproductive: the tautness achieved through surgery will be lost, and so too the illusion that you have shaved off a few years. Conversely, putting on weight will stretch the newly tightened skin; if you go on to lose weight again, the now lax skin will not shrink back down.

Top 5 cosmetic surgeon checks

If you are considering having cosmetic surgery and have sought others’ opinions, the most oft repeated piece of advice is probably ‘make sure you get a good surgeon’. There is an ever-growing number of cosmetic surgery providers in the UK so how do you choose?

1. Qualifications:

The first credential to check is whether a surgeon is on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons. This will confirm that they have completed their six years of specialist training. Mr Tariq Ahmad is a consultant plastic surgeon and, as such, is on the GMC’s list; additionally, he has a rhinoplasty, and cleft lip and palate specialism.

2. Experience:

How often your surgeon performs a particular procedure is also a key factor. Ask about frequency and how recently they did it – are their specific skills up to date? You could also ask about patient satisfaction rates.

3. Clinic:

Check the clinic is approved by the CQC. Mr Ahmad operates in Cambridge’s top private hospitals, the Nuffield and the Spires. Here he has medical support of the highest calibre.

4. Reputation:

There are several sources that can give you information about a cosmetic surgeon’s opinion. Firstly, it is advisable to go first to your GP if you are considering cosmetic surgery; your GP may know of a surgeon is good who has been recommended by other patients or doctors. You can also read testimonials from previous patients; these are often revealing about a surgeon’s bedside manner. Finally, ask your surgeon if they are a member of BAAPS or BAPRAS, both professional bodies for which you are peer reviewed.

5. Rapport:

Your relationship with your surgeon is important. Do you feel they are listening to your concerns and understand what you hope to achieve through cosmetic surgery when you attend your consultation? Do you feel confident that your surgeon is giving you honest and impartial advice on how best to reach your goals?