Will I regret not choosing larger breast implants?

breast implantsEach year, more women are choosing to have a breast augmentation. Whether it is because their small breasts have long embarrassed them, or their post-baby breasts make them yearn for the fuller cleavage they once enjoyed, or simply that they want a more generous bust, implants have delivered attractive results for tens of thousands of women in the UK.

Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, textures and sizes – and a concern commonly voiced in Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge breast augmentation clinic is: to avoid disappointment, isn’t it better to go bigger?

Which are the right breast implants for me?

When it comes to implants, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The right implants for you will depend on your individual frame and your goals. During your breast augmentation consultation, Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad will discuss your motivations for surgery before conducting a physical examination.

He will then show you the range of implants he prefers to use, explaining his choice of texture and material, and the shape – teardrop or round – that will best achieve your goals. Mr Ahmad will also advise you on the size of implant most appropriate for your frame, warning that choosing overly large implants can not only cause physical problems such as neck and back strain but that the results may not look as natural and as part of you as you had hoped.

Choose a surgeon you trust

Trust between patient and cosmetic surgeon is crucial. Not only do you need to know that they have the skill and training to produce the desired outcome, but that they have good judgment and an artistic eye. Furthermore, a good surgeon will have the experience to give you candid advice, allowing you to make the best breast augmentation decisions for yourself.

Will a rhinoplasty affect my voice?

singerWhen patients present at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge rhinoplasty clinic they are certain they want their nose to look different. However, they may have concerns about other possible changes that they may experience after surgery.

Will they, for example, sound different? For those whose irregular nose shape has given a nasal quality to their voice, an altered sound may be welcome – but if they sing, or if they just want to continue to sound like themselves, they may be apprehensive about such changes.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a delicate and complex procedure where both the form and function of the nose need to be considered. As with all surgery, it carries the general risks of complications with anaesthesia, haematoma, infection and poor wound healing. Additionally, it carries a risk of issues with airflow – but vocal changes should not occur.

The greater risk is that of damaging the vocal cords during intubation but an experienced anaesthetist understands how to minimise the chances of this happening. For patients with a severely deviated septum which has resulted in breathing issues and a nasal tone, however, the straightening of the septum and correction of the breathing may result in a different sound.

During your Cambridge rhinoplasty consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will discuss the potential risks in full and believes it is important that patients are clear about what to expect after surgery.

How do I make safe rhinoplasty choices?

The nose’s anatomy is intricate, its role in breathing important and its position on the face prominent. For these reasons, choosing a highly experienced rhinoplasty specialist will help you achieve the best aesthetic results, safely.

Check your surgeon is a member of a prestigious professional body such as BAAPS or BAPRAS; to be granted this, cosmetic surgeons must keep their skills up to date, submit annual safety audits and use only the best clinics that have been approved by the CQC.

Top 4 tips for cosmetic surgery satisfaction

jumping for joyPlanning your cosmetic surgery can be an exciting time. For people who have long felt self-conscious about a part of their body, be it small breasts, a misshapen nose or drooping eyelids, simply making the choice to have surgery can bring with it a sense of relief. It is not unusual, however, for there to be some niggling doubts mixed in with the enthusiastic anticipation: what if I don’t like the results? Here are four tips on achieving a positive outcome.

1. Choose your surgeon with care.

Finding the right cosmetic surgeon is perhaps the most important task. To give you confidence in their surgical skill and safety record, choose a surgeon who is a member of a prestigious professional body such as BAAPS or BAPRAS. Furthermore, you need to feel that your surgeon is giving you honest advice and that you feel under no pressure to make any decisions or commitments.

2. Know what to expect.

It is not uncommon to feel vulnerable during your cosmetic surgery journey and surprises can be unsettling. Having a clear idea of what the procedure involves, what the potential risks and complications are, and how onerous the recovery is will equip you for the journey ahead. Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad encourages his patients to ask many questions to enable them to make informed, confident decisions.

3. If you need to lose weight, lose it now.

One of the best ways to preserve the aesthetic results of your cosmetic surgery is to maintain a steady weight. Fluctuations can stretch the skin and undermine your surgeon’s work. If you plan on losing weight, do it in advance of your surgery.

4. Keep those expectations realistic.

During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask you about your objectives – and emphasise the importance of understanding the limitations of surgery. In his experience, those patients who have realistic expectations are significantly happier with the results.

How much time off work will I need to take for my breast augmentation?

braA breast augmentation is a relatively straightforward procedure with predictable results and, as the most popular type of cosmetic surgery, it is likely that your surgeon will perform it regularly. However, this should not detract from the fact that your body will need time to recover from the surgery.

As a general guide, Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad advises his patients to take a week or two off work after their breast augmentation – but the individual’s health and the physicality of their job will be a factor in judging this.

Getting the most out of your breast augmentation consultation

During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will take your full medical history, conduct a physical examination and discuss your motivations and objectives. He will also invite you to ask as many questions as you need.

This is your opportunity to find out more, and to ensure you feel comfortable with your choice of surgeon and your decision to have surgery so you may find it helpful to bring a list of prepared questions to avoid forgetting any important ones.

What about aftercare?

A breast augmentation usually requires a single night’s stay in hospital after which you will be sent home with comprehensive aftercare instructions. These will include advice on avoiding using your chest and arms too much in the first week, how to care for the wound to encourage healthy healing of scars, for how long to wear a compression garment – and giving yourself plenty of time and space to heal.

Patients are seen a week after breast augmentation surgery by a specialist nurse, and then by Mr Tariq Ahmad normally at two, six and twelve weeks – and until all are satisfied with the outcome.