Will I like the results of my rhinoplasty?

NoseWhen patients present at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge rhinoplasty clinic, they inevitably have various concerns they want to address.

Is it a risky procedure? Is it painful? Will it be obvious to everyone that they have had a nose job? How soon can they get back to the gym?

However, the question that is the hardest to answer definitively is: how do I know if I will like the end result?

Choose a specialist surgeon

Because of the intricate anatomy of the nose, rhinoplasty is one of the most complex cosmetic surgery procedures.

By placing yourself in the care of an experienced and specially trained rhinoplasty surgeon, you can achieve the best aesthetic results possible – and feeling confident that you are in skilled hands will give you one less thing to worry about.

Furthermore, a specialist such as Mr Tariq Ahmad will have vast experience in guiding patients along their rhinoplasty journey, understanding their goals and helping them as they get used to their altered appearance.

Be honest with yourself

No one leaps blindly into having a rhinoplasty – the decision will come on the back of many years’ thinking about it – but have you been honest with yourself about your expectations?

During your Cambridge rhinoplasty consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask you about these expectations and emphasise they need to be realistic. He will also ask you to be specific about what you want to change physically – and if you understand the limitations of surgery.

In discussing the aftermath of surgery, Mr Ahmad will explain how you need to have patience as the shape will continue to change subtly for many months, and how you need to give yourself time to heal physically and to adjust to your reshaped nose.

It is not unusual for rhinoplasty patients to go through a short period of doubt but those who have made an informed decision for the right reasons soon move on to enjoying the results.

Will my breasts feel different after a breast augmentation?

ball in handEven for those who are certain they want surgery and who have found a surgeon in whom they have complete trust, having a breast augmentation can be nerve-wracking.

One way to address any lurking nerves is to have as much information in advance as possible about the procedure and what to expect after the surgery. You will feel more able to take everything in your stride.

How will my breasts feel in the immediate aftermath?

In the first days after your breast augmentation you should expect to feel tender and bruised. Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad sets out detailed aftercare instructions for his patients and by following these carefully you can expect to make a speedy and healthy recovery.

As the breast tissue heals, you may experience random bouts of tingling, prickliness or a pulsating sensation through your breasts. Bear in mind that the surgery will have affected the nerves and muscles in your breasts so this is a perfectly normal part of the healing.

Your breasts will probably feel too high after your breast augmentation – but they will settle into a more natural position. You need to give your existing tissue and skin time to settle in around the implant, and the situation will be exacerbated by the post-op swelling.

After three months, you should have a true sense of your new shape – but expect more subtle changes for another three months after that.

Will my nipples regain full sensation?

Some women report altered – both reduced and increased – nipple sensitivity after their breast augmentation but, in all but the rarest cases, this is a temporary situation and simply part of the recovery process.

As Mr Tariq Ahmad explains to his Cambridge breast augmentation patients, as you heal, your nipples are likely to feel super sensitive, sore or maybe even numb and you should expect to have regained normal sensation six to eighteen months after surgery.

Which breast augmentation technique is best?

confusedThere are many variations on a breast augmentation. Which type of implant? How big and what shape? Which technique to insert it? Where will the incision be? Will it be placed above or below the chest muscle?

If you are considering having a breast augmentation, you are probably wondering where to begin. The place to start is the consultation with your surgeon...

What happens at the breast augmentation consultation?

During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask about the background to your decision to explore surgery, discussing your expectations and objectives. He will take a full medical history before conducting a physical examination and assessment of your frame.

He will then be able to tailor a surgical plan to your individual shape and requirements, advising you on the best implant shape, size, texture and location, and the most appropriate insertion method to achieve your goals.

Is it preferable to place the implant ‘under the muscle’?

The muscle in question is the pectoralis major which lies underneath the breast and over the rib cage. The implant can be placed underneath this muscle (submuscular), or on top of it but under the breast gland (subglandular).

One of the principal benefits of a submuscular implant is the aesthetic result: it tends to give a more natural shape especially in thinner, naturally small-breasted women, and decreases the risk of rippling. Benefits also include greater visibility for radiologists performing mammograms, and less risk of capsular contracture.

Subglandular implants, however, are less invasive and therefore entail an easier recovery, and are often a good option for women who have full breasts with adequate breast gland tissue to cover and camouflage the implant.

Mr Tariq Ahmad, an experienced and highly qualified surgeon, has helped many Cambridge patients achieve their desired outcome by choosing the breast augmentation that is just right for them.

2015: a record year for cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery in the UK saw a rise in demand across the board in 2015 with 13% more operations performed than the year before. For the first time, the number of Brits opting for cosmetic surgery has topped 50,000, with breast augmentations (9,652 procedures) holding on to its pole position for another year running. Liposuction saw the biggest rise in popularity with a 20% rise for both men and women. The upward trend in these latest statistics collated by BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) is a contrast to the previous year where there was a quieter demand for cosmetic surgery. What is behind the return to form?

Improved confidence in traditional surgical procedures

Consultant plastic surgeon and former BAAPS President Rajiv Grover suggests that the British public are moving away from non-invasive alternatives and putting their faith back into traditional treatments such as facelifts and liposuction to meet their body contouring and facial rejuvenation needs. He speculates that the ‘plethora of non-invasive methods for skin tightening and cellulite that are here today and gone tomorrow often appear too good to be true and fail to make the cut’. Mr Tariq Ahmad, a surgeon of many years’ experience, offers the full range of cosmetic surgery procedures at his Cambridge clinic.

Cosmetic surgery is not for everyone

While there are ever-improving techniques for cosmetic surgery, and the results it can achieve are impressive, BAAPS President Michael Cadier strikes a cautionary note: ‘what is most important is for patients to remember that surgery is on the whole life-changing and irreversible.’ To this end, Mr Tariq Ahmad devotes time in his Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultations to discussing a patient’s objectives and expectations, ensuring they understand the risks involved and the limitations of surgery, and his advice is always tailored to the individual’s needs. Furthermore, as any reputable surgeon will agree, Mr Ahmad believes it is imperative that a decision to have cosmetic surgery is made free from pressure and influence.