What makes a suitable breast augmentation candidate?

Women presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge breast augmentation clinic largely fall into two camps: those who have always had very small breasts, and those whose yearn for the breasts of their pre-pregnant self. For both groups, a breast augmentation can be transformative, producing natural-looking beautiful results at the same time as giving self-confidence a real boost. So when is surgery right for you?

Are you in good health?

All surgery carries an element of risk, however routine it may be. One way of reducing this risk is by ensuring you are in expert, experienced hands. Of equal importance is being in good health which is imperative where general anaesthesia is involved. During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will take your medical history before conducting a physical examination. He will want to rule out any health conditions that make you high risk, and will guide you on any medications/supplements to avoid. Mr Ahmad asks his patients to quit smoking at least a fortnight before their surgery and in the peri-operative period as nicotine in the bloodstream can not only cause complications with the general anaesthetic but also slows down the healing process.

Are you being honest with yourself?

Mr Ahmad also discusses motivations and expectations with his Cambridge breast augmentation patients, emphasising that any cosmetic surgery decisions must be informed, independent and unhurried ones. Do you understand what is involved? Are you aware of potential risks? Are you prepared to follow your surgeon’s pre-op and post-op instructions on smoking, avoiding exercise, etc.? Is your decision to have a breast augmentation your own decision or do you feel pressurised into it? Are you aware of the limitations of surgery? Do you have a realistic expectation of the outcomes? Answer these honestly and you can feel more confident about making a decision that is right for you.

Top 5 questions to ask at your breast augmentation consultation

When planning your breast augmentation, it is natural to look ahead to the surgery and the results itself, paying small regard to the preceding stages. Your consultation, however, is a vital part of your breast augmentation and will influence both your experience and your satisfaction with the end result. In giving your breast augmentation consultation some thought ahead of the time, you are more likely to get the most out of it – so here are five questions to ask your surgeon.

  1. What are your credentials? Trust is important in a happy cosmetic surgery experience. The breast augmentation consultation is your opportunity to meet your surgeon in person, to get a feel for their bedside manner and to ask about their experience and qualifications. Are they on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and a member of a prestigious professional body such as BAAPS? How often do they perform breast augmentations and what are their preferred techniques?
  2. What are the potential risks? During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will talk you through all risks and potential complications, detailing how these are managed.
  3. How do I know which are the right implants for me? Breast implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials. Cambridge surgeon Mr Ahmad has many years’ experience of breast augmentations. After assessing your frame and listening to your objectives, he will guide you towards to the most appropriate implants, explaining their suitability for you.
  4. How long with the results last? Before embarking on any surgery, it is crucial that you understand the limitations and how the results may change over time.
  5. Is there anything I can do to prepare for my breast augmentation? By being in good physical and mental health, you are giving your body the best chance of a quick recovery.