Top 4 reasons to choose a cosmetic surgeon

Once you have made the decision to have cosmetic surgery, your next big challenge is to find a surgeon who is right for you. To help you in your research, here are four areas on which to judge a cosmetic surgeon.

How to choose your cosmetic surgeon:

  1. Qualifications: Some cosmetic surgery procedures are more straightforward than others but, whatever you choose to have, you want to be sure that your surgeon has all the right qualifications. Are they a consultant plastic surgeon and listed on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons?
  2. Experience: If you want complex surgery such as a rhinoplasty and your surgeon predominantly performs breast augmentations, you might want to cast your net further to find someone with relevant and current experience. Ask your surgeon how frequently they perform your desired procedure and about their patient satisfaction rate.
  3. Professionalism: Choosing a surgeon who is registered with a professional body such as BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) or BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) will give you extra confidence in their credentials and professional reputation. As a member of BAAPS, Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is committed to keeping his surgical skills up to the minute, to operating only in the best clinics approved by the CQC and to submitting an annual safety audit.
  4. Honesty: Your cosmetic surgeon is a doctor and not a salesperson; it is therefore essential that you receive impartial and candid advice about your prospective surgery. During a Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Ahmad will be clear about the limitations of surgery. Furthermore, you can feel confident that any guidance puts your care first; indeed, if Mr Ahmad feels cosmetic surgery is inappropriate or you can achieve your desired results through other non-surgical means, he will advise you so.

How much rhinoplasty recovery time will I need before a big event?

Having a misshapen nose or one that feels too large for the face can, over time, become a source of extreme self-consciousness. People don’t tend to make rhinoplasty decisions on an impulse; rather, they come on the back of years of deliberation. When patients present at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge rhinoplasty clinic, it is not uncommon for them to identify a forthcoming big event – a wedding, for example – as a catalyst.

Your decision needs to made be free from pressure

During your Cambridge consultation, rhinoplasty specialist Mr Ahmad will not only talk you through the specifics of the procedure and its potential risks, but he will ask you about your expectations of surgery. He will also emphasise the need for certainty that surgery is the right thing for you – and that this is the right time. It is not advisable to make such an important decision when under any pressure: a rushed decision may not be the right one. Furthermore, your recovery also needs to be free from pressure: setting a time limit on when you need to feel and look 100% is likely to add an unwelcome layer of stress to your recovery, and risks slowing it down.

Your nose will take a while to settle

Most of the swelling will have subsided six weeks post-surgery, but your nose will continue to change subtly and it may be a year before you see the final results. There will be a period of emotional adjustment to your new shape; some patients say that for the first few weeks it just doesn’t feel like their nose. Recovering from a rhinoplasty requires time and space; for the best possible experience, schedule it when you can take time out, when you don’t have other stressful things to organise, and when there is no urgency to get back onto your feet and be ‘camera ready’.