Top 3 breast augmentation worries

breast concernsFor those women whose breasts are a source of embarrassment rather than satisfaction, embarking on the breast augmentation journey is an exciting time. However, nestling among the feelings of anticipation and relief, there often lurk some niggling doubts.

Cambridge breast augmentation surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad encourages patients to share these concerns at their consultation so they can be explored and addressed. Here are three of the most commonly voiced ‘what ifs’.

1. What if something goes wrong?

All surgery carries an element of risk but an experienced team of surgeon and anaesthetist work together to minimise the chances of complications arising. In the first instance, Mr Ahmad will take your full medical history and assess your fitness for surgery. He will outline the potential risks and side effects of the procedure so that you can make informed decisions.

As a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), Mr Ahmad is trained to the highest degree, annually submits a safety audit, and only operates in Cambridge’s top clinics approved by the Care Quality Commission where he is supported by a fully qualified and experienced team.

2. What if my breast augmentation doesn’t look natural?

A good surgeon will guide you to the right choice of implants and technique to give you beautiful, natural looking results. Before choosing your surgeon, ask to see before and after photos of previous breast augmentation patients so that you can make your own judgment on their skill and artistic sense.

3. What if I don’t like the results?

Most breast augmentation surgeons will agree that those patients who had realistic expectations were the more satisfied with the aesthetic outcome. By choosing a surgeon both whose opinion and expertise you trust, and by being honest with yourself about the limitations of surgery, you can confidently expect to be pleased with the results – and move forward with rediscovered confidence.

My cosmetic surgery is booked – but now I’m having my doubts…

unsureYou’ve made the momentous decision to have cosmetic surgery, done your research, found a surgeon, had your consultation and booked the date. But now you’re having second thoughts… So what do you do?

Being happy with your decision is paramount

In the first instance, talk through your concerns with your cosmetic surgeon as having more information may be all you need to take this step happily and confidently.

During your initial Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation with Mr Tariq Ahmad, you will have spent time discussing your motivations for surgery and what you hope to achieve.

Mr Ahmad explains to all his patients that surgery has its limitations and that being realistic in your expectations will lead to a happier result. He, and indeed any reputable surgeon, will want to feel sure that a patient is making cosmetic surgery decisions for the right reasons and that they are comfortable with the process; to this end, he encourages patients to ask many questions and ensures the consultation is unhurried and unpressurised.

You should not have been rushed into making any decisions; if you sense any pressure being exerted on you to commit, it would be advisable to seek a different provider.

You can always change your mind

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), a prestigious professional body of which Cambridge surgeon Mr Ahmad is a member, advises that you have the option to cancel right up until you go to sleep for your surgery.

No reputable surgeon wants to perform cosmetic surgery on a reluctant patient and should not impose financial penalties for cancellations. In new guidelines to be introduced in June 2016 by the GMC, all cosmetic surgery providers must offer two-week cooling off periods to give patients the freedom to back out if they have a change of heart.

How long will I spend in hospital for my breast augmentation?

hospital-1338585_960_720More people underwent a breast augmentation last year than any other cosmetic procedure in the UK. As a relatively straightforward operation with predictable results, its popularity continues to rise, with figures for 2016 set to top 10,000 cases. The first step is a consultation with your chosen surgeon where your suitability for a breast augmentation will be assessed.

How long does the procedure take?

During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will explain what the procedure entails and what you need to do in the weeks and days leading up to surgery (quit smoking, for example) and give practical advice on what you should bring with you.

Mr Ahmad operates only in the top quality clinics so you will be well looked after on arrival at hospital.The surgery itself is performed using general anaesthetic and usually takes an hour and a half. After this, you will stay in overnight; in the majority of cases, just one night’s stay is all that is required.

What about the aftercare?

Before you are discharged from hospital, you will receive comprehensive instructions on looking after the wound area and yourself in general. You should expect to feel some discomfort in the immediate aftermath, and for your chest to feel tight and tender until the swelling begins to subside.

Mr Ahmad will advise you on what to watch out for, and which exercises and movements to avoid; as a general rule you can resume most normal activities after a fortnight at which point you can also begin light exercise. He also recommends his Cambridge breast augmentation patients wear a support garment to achieve optimal results, and that they give allow themselves plenty of time and space to heal.

You will then be reviewed by a specialist nurse at one week, and by Mr Ahmad at two, six and twelve weeks post-op.

How can I make the right rhinoplasty choices?

eyes and noseA misshapen nose can make a person acutely self-conscious, every day wishing that lump or bump or crookedness just wasn’t there.

More and more people are turning to nose reshaping surgery to improve their facial balance: in 2015, 4,205 people had a rhinoplasty – a 14% increase on the previous year. However, choosing to have a rhinoplasty is no small decision so what do you need to consider?

1. Don’t rush into any decision

Most patients who present at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge rhinoplasty clinic will say they have wanted to change their nose shape for years. Even if you are sure that change is what you want, take each step slowly and ask yourself at every stage, with every new bit of information, if you are sure it is the right decision for you.

2. Ensure the decision is yours alone

A reputable surgeon will never put any pressure on you to make a commitment to having cosmetic surgery – so if they do, walk away and find another specialist.

Furthermore, a good surgeon will want to be sure that surgery is the wish of the patient and not being performed to please another; to that end, Mr Ahmad devotes part of the rhinoplasty consultation to discussing motivations and the importance of realistic expectations.

3. An informed decision is a confident decision

Find out what the procedure involves and about the potential risks. Ask lots of questions in your consultation about the process and the aftercare. If possible, talk to other people who have had a rhinoplasty about how they felt afterwards and if they experienced a period of adjustment.

4. Choose your surgeon carefully

Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad specialises in rhinoplasty and trains other surgeons in the most up-to-date techniques. The anatomy of the nose is intricate and complex and its location makes it highly visible so you will feel reassured by being in highly skilled and eminently experienced hands.