Top 5 breast augmentation points to consider

If your breast size has been getting you down for a long time and you are thinking of taking action then you are not alone. Breast augmentations continue to be the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK - BAAPS surgeons, such as Mr Tariq Ahmad, recorded over 8,600 women opting to have one in 2014, although many more undergo the procedure at the big hospital clinic chains.

Women presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge clinic fall largely into two groups: the first have always had small breasts, and the second want to regain the volume and uplift they enjoyed before babies and/or age left their mark. Whichever camp you sit in, the need for any decision to be an informed and honest one is the same. Here are five tips to help you reach a confident decision about whether a breast augmentation is the right decision for you.

1. Do I understand what is involved?

While it is the most frequently performed procedure and relatively straightforward for a qualified surgeon, a breast augmentation will make physical demands of the patient. Ensure you know what the procedure involves and what the recovery period will be like, too.

2. Am I having a breast augmentation for the right reasons?

Do a bit of soul searching to make sure you are being honest with yourself about your motivations. Mr Ahmad reiterates to his Cambridge breast augmentation patients that they should be the only one making the decisions.

3. Do I enjoy a good rapport with my cosmetic surgeon?

A reputable surgeon will give you specialist and candid advice on the best breast augmentation for you; for example, they will guide you towards the most suitable implant shape and size for your frame.

4. Do I know the full financial picture?

Are there any hidden costs that you have not yet figured in?

5. How realistic are my expectations?

Understanding the limitations of cosmetic surgery is imperative; there is much higher patient satisfaction amongst those who had realistic expectations of the outcomes.

Can I improve the look of my sunken cheeks?

Unless you are one of the lucky few who seem to age at a snail’s pace, the signs of getting older will be increasingly visible on your face. The classic signs of ageing are lines and wrinkles, drooping jowls, an accentuated naso-labial fold, hooded eyelids and sunken cheeks. The latter occurs when the fat stored in the cheeks is lost; the knock on effect is the ill-defined jawline and deepened creases listed above. When this happens, what are your options?

What are the benefits of dermal fillers?

One way of restoring youthful volume to the cheeks is through temporary dermal fillers which will improve the contours, making them rounder and fuller, for approximately 12 months. The little downtime and the few side effects involved make dermal fillers a very popular cosmetic procedure at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic.

Is there a more permanent solution?

Some people are reluctant to return every year for repeat treatment and would prefer a more permanent approach to their facial rejuvenation treatment. If you feel this way then you may be suitable for a cheek augmentation entailing implants placed in the lower and mid part or the outer higher part of the cheek bone.

During a cheek augmentation consultation at his Cambridge clinic, Mr Ahmad will take your full medical history before examining and assessing your face and its underlying structures. After discussing the effect you wish to achieve, Mr Ahmad will talk you through your cheek implant options and how your goals can most effectively be reached. He will also explain what a cheek augmentation procedure involves, describing the incision sites, how scarring is minimal, and what are the potential risks and complications.

Whether you choose a permanent or less invasive temporary solution, there are a range of options to help you recapture the full cheeks and definition of your younger years.