Top 4 breast augmentation decisions you will need to make

diceIf dissatisfaction with your breasts is damaging your self-confidence, choosing to have a breast augmentation can be a life-enhancing decision. However, along the way you will have various choices to make.

1. Who do I want to perform my surgery?

Choosing a surgeon is one of the most important steps on your cosmetic surgery journey. Not only will you want a cosmetic surgeon who is highly trained and qualified, but one who has a great deal of breast augmentation experience, too.

Check they are on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons. You can also gain further peace of mind if they belong to a prestigious professional body such as BAAPS or BAPRAS as this gives extra assurance of their safety record and standing among their peers.

On top of this, you will want to have faith in their artistic judgment (ask to see before and after photos) and that any advice they give you is impartial, candid – and comes with no pressure to commit.

2. How big do I want to go?

During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will conduct a physical exam, assessing your frame as well as asking you about your goals and requirements.

He will then advise you on the best incision technique and implant shape and size to achieve your goals. The end result you want is of course up to you, but Mr Ahmad can provide some advice to help you to make that decision.

3. Is a breast augmentation right for me?

No cosmetic surgery decision should be taken lightly or without all the facts to hand. The decision must be yours and made independently and in an unhurried manner.

One very important factor in achieving a positive outcome is understanding the limitation of surgery. To this end, Mr Ahmad discusses the importance of realistic expectations with all his Cambridge patients at consultation stage.

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How long will the results of my breast augmentation last?

clock-1060458_960_720A breast augmentation is a relatively uncomplicated procedure with predictable, attractive results – and that’s why nearly 10,000 women chose to have one in the UK last year. In the care of an experienced clinic and surgeon, the entire process is generally straightforward – but that’s not to say it does not require a physical and emotional investment, and not forgetting the financial input, too.

It is therefore not unusual for patients presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge breast augmentation clinic to ask about the longevity of their implants…

Will I have to go through all this again in 10 years’ time?

The technology behind breast implants is continually evolving and the quality and durability is the best it has been. While some authorities recommend replacing implants after 10 years, Mr Ahmad places them with a view to them lasting a lifetime and only anticipates replacing them should a specific problem arise.

During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Ahmad will be pleased to talk you through the range of implants he prefers, explaining their benefits – and the potential risks, too. Many implants now come with guarantees of longevity or against rupture and contracture.

Can I do anything to preserve the results of my breast augmentation?

After your surgery you will be given comprehensive instructions on aftercare, including: activities and movements to avoid; the benefits of wearing a compression garment; avoiding nicotine as it slows down wound recovery; and how to promote healthy healing of scars.

Following this guidance will set you off on the best path after your breast augmentation. Looking ahead, taking care of your skin in the sun to help retain its elastic condition, and avoiding fluctuations in weight will help you enjoy the optimal results for longer.

Are my cosmetic surgery goals realistic?

More and more people are turning to cosmetic surgery. In 2015, the figures in the UK reached 50,000 for the first time. If you are considering having surgery, be it a rhinoplasty, a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck or a facelift, you most likely will have done some research

How complex is a rhinoplasty?

rhinoplastyA rhinoplasty is one of the most involved types of cosmetic surgery owing to the nose’s intricate anatomy and the pivotal part it plays in creating facial harmony. Nose reshaping surgery must not adversely affect the function of the nose, and there is a great skill in effecting subtle changes that work naturally with the other facial features.

While few people want to dwell on what can go wrong when they are considering cosmetic surgery, it is important that any rhinoplasty candidate is fully aware of what is involved and what the potential risks and complications are.

How will the complexity of my case be assessed?

At Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge clinic, each rhinoplasty is treated as an individual case. During your consultation, Mr Ahmad will take your medical history and ask you to describe what you like and what you dislike about your nose, and what has triggered your decision to see a cosmetic surgeon. He will then conduct a thorough physical examination before tailoring a surgical plan to your specific requirements.

There are many ways of altering the shape of the nose, including both open and closed surgery and dermal fillers, and Cambridge-based Mr Tariq Ahmad, a rhinoplasty specialist, will advise you on how your goals can be best achieved.

What should I look for in a rhinoplasty surgeon?

Where both form and function is key, finding a highly skilled and very experienced surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty is more important than ever. Check they are on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and, preferably, that they specialize in rhinoplasty.

Moreover, you will want to feel reassured about their artistic judgement: for an altered nose to sit in perfect balance with the rest of the face, your surgeon will need to have a good eye as well as the surgical skill. Before and after photos of their previous can help you take a view on their work.

Are my cosmetic surgery goals realistic?

goalsMore and more people are turning to cosmetic surgery. In 2015, the figures in the UK reached 50,000 for the first time.

If you are considering having surgery, be it a rhinoplasty, a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck or a facelift, you most likely will have done some research – and you will have noticed that reputable clinics put much emphasis on having realistic expectations.

Why is having realistic expectations so important?

If you have spent many years feeling your confidence ebb away as a part of your body causes you to be acutely self-conscious, there is a temptation to imagine cosmetic surgery will correct it and eradicate all those feelings at the same time and transform your life.

Cosmetic surgery can have a transformative effect and produce beautiful confidence-giving results, but each procedure has its own limitations and may not be the panacea you had hoped for. To this end, Mr Ahmad devotes part of his Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation to talking through motivations, objectives and realities with all his patients.

What improvement can I realistically expect?

When you are at the planning stage of your cosmetic surgery, ask your surgeon what you can expect of the results. Your surgeon will be able to show you before and after photos of previous patients to give you an idea of the degree of improvement that a procedure can bring.

Mr Ahmad believes it is important that his patients have a clear idea of what will happen during surgery, and what the aesthetic results will be. He is also of the view that those who go into surgery with realistic expectations emerge the more satisfied with the results. He therefore believes in giving candid advice to all his Cambridge patients who are considering cosmetic surgery.

Learning from the greats

As part of the process of revalidation by the GMC, plastic surgeons are required to maintain their education and training with a view to improving standards in their medical practice, a process known as Continuing Professional Development. To that end, every year I attend lectures, training sessions and conferences in the field of plastic surgery and aesthetics, held both in the UK and across the world. Last week I had the privilege of attending probably the most outstanding conference so far and it was in Coventry of all places.

Tariq at Masterclass in Aesthetic Face Surgery
Helping to teach with some of the teaching faculty and helpers at the conference.

Dubbed a ‘Masterclass in Aesthetic Surgery of the Face’, it more than fulfilled its title, bringing together the true greats from around the world. World-class surgeons from Australia and the USA discussed facelifting techniques and leading plastic surgeons from Egypt and Germany focused on the rhinoplasty procedure.

However, what set this conference apart was that, as well as lectures, it also featured cadaver dissections. I was asked to assist Dr Bahman Guyuron, an internationally recognised plastic surgeon from the US. This was a fantastic opportunity to see his facelift techniques put into action and I learnt so much from watching him at work. Dr Guyuron has done thousands of procedures over the years, constantly developing and innovating new techniques and is a plastic surgery hero of mine, so it was an honour to work with him; even more so when he said that I made him look good.

Tariq with leading US plastic surgeon
With leading US plastic surgeon, Bahman Guyuron, at the conference.


For my own Cambridge cosmetic surgery practice, it was satisfying to know that, even though there is always the opportunity to learn and refine, I am on the right track compared to the world’s leading plastic surgeons.

This year I attended as a student, but next year I have been invited to be on the faculty for the Coventry conference; a great honour and an opportunity to work even closer with these wonderful surgeons.