I want to look 10 years younger – can a facelift do that?

Many people consider a facelift not because they dislike their age, but because they believe that they look older than they feel. As we age, gravity can have a devastating effect on the face, with structure lost as our cheek muscles droop. The knock-on results include deepened creases running from our nose to the corners of the mouth, and a loss of definition around the jawline as jowls develop. The overall impression can be one of downtrodden, world-weariness which may be quite different to how you feel inside.

What can a facelift do?

Facial rejuvenation surgery can re-introduce youthful contours by repositioning the cheek muscles, restoring a defined jawline and tightening slackened skin. Mr Tariq Ahmad is often asked in his Cambridge facelift clinic how much younger he can make someone look. His answer is that surgery is about re-setting the clock rather than turning back time; it will make you look younger but the ageing process will continue from that new point.

Says Mr Ahmad, “Let me put it this way: if you are say, fifty and surgery puts you back to 40, then at sixty you are more likely to look nearer 50 and so on.”

Is a facelift my only option?

Mr Ahmad offers the full range of facial rejuvenation treatments, including chemical peels and procedures for the upper part of the face. Blepharoplasty is a very popular procedure – indeed, BAAPS figures from 2014 showed eyelid surgery to be the number one cosmetic surgery among men and the second most popular with women. During your Cambridge facelift consultation, Mr Ahmad will examine your face and neck, assessing the condition of the muscular structures and the skin. After taking your medical history and discussing your objectives, Mr Ahmad will advise you on what combination of treatments are the most appropriate for your requirements.

What are the pros and cons of a tummy tuck?

If you have worked hard to shift the post-baby weight yet still have a paunch that stubbornly refuses to go, or you have lost a dramatic amount of weight but are left with a formless, saggy tummy, you might be considering an abdominoplasty.

For all those people who have become extremely self-conscious of their ‘belly bulge’, the promise of a taut, toned tummy is a tempting thing. So what can be gained – and what might stop you?

Why would a tummy tuck not be right for me?

Anyone considering a tummy tuck must be in good health. It is an invasive procedure that requires a general anaesthetic, and health problems raise the risk of complications occurring. Moreover, to be a good candidate, you need to be at or near your ideal weight for it is not a weight-loss procedure. Further weight loss after the procedure will jeopardise the aesthetic results.

Another issue to consider is that of downtime: you will need to stay in hospital for at least one night after your surgery and while you will be back on your feet pretty quickly, you need to give yourself time to heal fully. There is also the matter of scarring – perhaps one of the most frequently voiced concerns Mr Tariq Ahmad hears in his Cambridge tummy tuck clinic. An abdominoplasty requires two incisions: a long one running from hip to hip, and a second circumnavigating the belly button.

And a reason to go for it?

The transverse incision is discreetly located low down so that it can be concealed by underwear and an experienced cosmetic surgeon such as Cambridge-based Mr Ahmad is skilled at producing neat, fine scars. He also has techniques to make the belly button scar barely discernible. Mr Ahmad will gladly show you before-and-after tummy tuck photos so you can judge for yourself if you feel the tightened, shapelier contours would be worth it.