My friends tell me NOT to have a rhinoplasty…

For anyone considering nose reshaping surgery, it is imperative to feel both happy in the decision and to be realistic about the changes surgery can effect. To this end, Cambridge rhinoplasty surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad devotes time in the initial consultation to discuss a patient’s motivations and expectations, ensuring they feel confident about the process and are making a free choice. It is not uncommon, however, for Mr Ahmad to hear his patients say that they are certain a rhinoplasty is for them, but they are under pressure from friends or family to forget the idea.

Double check your decision-making process

While you may rather your friends offered their unconditional support, they are probably concerned that you may come to regret your choice. Take this cue to run through some crucial questions to check that your decision is an informed and rational one. Do you understand what is involved in the procedure and how you will feel afterwards? Are you aware of the potential risks and complications? Have you been honest with yourself about the limitations of surgery or are you expecting your rhinoplasty to work many miracles? Have you done your research and found a surgeon whose judgement and skill you trust?

Now talk your friends through it

When planning your rhinoplasty, Cambridge surgeon Mr Ahmad will tell you that having practical and emotional support is very helpful – especially during the recovery. So, if, after some soul searching, you are still confident that your choice is right for you, then share this with your friends. As they hear you describe how your current profile impacts on your life, how you are in possession of the facts about the procedure itself and fully aware of the risks, and how it is not a decision you have made blindly or rashly, they will hopefully feel more able to support you along your rhinoplasty journey.

Can a breast augmentation help my post-baby boobs?

A significant number of women presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge breast augmentation clinic are there because they are dissatisfied with their new breast shape. They miss the body confidence they had before pregnancy and breastfeeding left them with drooping breasts. In some cases, the nipples and areola change markedly too, getting darker or misshapen. The big question often asked is ‘can I have my old breasts back?’

How will a breast augmentation improve my shape?

A breast augmentation is an effective way of lifting the breast to sit higher on the chest, restoring lost volume and removing excess skin that has been stretched. During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will take your medical history and ask you about your goals. He will then conduct a physical examination, assessing your frame, muscle condition and skin laxity. Mr Ahmad can then offer guidance on how best to achieve your desired results, advising on which shape and size of implant would be most appropriate. The popular teardrop implant offers a very natural look, with more volume in the lower pole and a gentle slope on the upper.

Is there an alternative to implants?

While they are drawn to the uplifted results of a breast augmentation, some women feel uncomfortable about the idea of having implants and are keen to find out if there is a way of tackling the sagginess without augmentation. It may be that a breast lift – or mastopexy – is the more appropriate procedure where the excess skin is cut away, allowing your surgeon to lift and reshape the breast. Mr Tariq Ahmad, a highly qualified and experienced surgeon, tailors a surgical plan to each individual patient according to their goals and their frame; in so doing, he has helped many women regain attractive and shapely breasts about which they feel proud and confident.

I can’t make up my mind about having a breast augmentation…

A breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK with many thousands of women each year choosing to improve the contours of their bust. For some, the motivation is a memory of the cleavage they enjoyed before having children. For others, it is a resolution not to continue to put up with the very small breasts they have long despised. When Mr Tariq Ahmad sees patients in his Cambridge breast augmentation clinic, they usually speak with conviction about their desire to have surgery; some women, however, will express doubt over whether it is for them, and ask how they can know for sure. For those facing such a dilemma, here are some tips:

1. If you feel under any pressure, walk away.

Any cosmetic surgery decision must be entirely yours and made freely and confidently. A reputable surgeon will exert no pressure or hurry you into making a commitment.

2. Have an honest chat with yourself.

Ask yourself why you want a breast augmentation and what impact you feel it will have on your life. Mr Tariq Ahmad, a highly trained cosmetic surgeon with many years’ experience of breast augmentations, emphasises to his Cambridge patients that understanding the limitations of surgery is important. Those with realistic expectations are more satisfied with the outcome.

3. Know what is involved.

If you understand what happens during the procedure, are aware of the potential risks and complications, and have a clear idea of both recovery and results, then you can make an informed decision.

4. Do you have a good rapport with your surgeon?

In experienced hands, a breast augmentation can produce beautiful and natural looking results, and give self-esteem a welcome boost, too. Being in the care of someone whose judgement you trust, and in whose skill you are confident, will help you towards a positive decision about whether breast augmentation surgery is for you.

Top 5 questions to ask at your cosmetic surgery consultation

The consultation is an invaluable stage of your cosmetic surgery. Not only is it vital in assessing your suitability for a procedure, but it gives you the opportunity to find out more and to judge your confidence in a clinic and its surgeon. At Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultations, patients are encouraged to ask many questions. Here are five that should be near the top of your list.

1. What is your experience of this procedure?

In the right hands, cosmetic surgery can produce beautiful and natural looking results. Ask about your surgeon’s credentials and if they are a member of a prestigious professional body such as BAAPS or BAPRAS. Request to see before and after photos of previous patients so that you can make your own judgment.

2. What can go wrong?

Understanding the potential risks and complications is essential to making an informed decision. All surgery, however minor, carries an element of risk but your surgeon can explain how it is managed and minimised.

3. Am I good candidate?

A reputable surgeon assesses patients on an individual basis, ensuring their health is good and making a judgement on whether their objectives can indeed be met through surgery.

4. Is there anything I can do to achieve the optimal results?

Having cosmetic surgery requires a physical, emotional and financial commitment so you will want to do what you can to get the best possible outcome. Tips for preparation and recovery may help you do this.

5. What if I don’t like the results?

Before embarking, ask your surgeon about their revisions policy. However, as Mr Tariq Ahmad explains at his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic, those patients who have been realistic in their expectations are much more satisfied with the results. To this end, Mr Ahmad will always discuss both the limitations of surgery and an individual’s objectives during the consultation.