After pregnancy my breasts aren’t the same – what can I do?

It’s normal for the breasts to change shape and lose some of their size and elasticity after pregnancy, particularly following breast feeding. One potential solution is breast augmentation. As the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world it’s a proven procedure with a high satisfaction rate.

Clearly it’s not just targeted at post partum women and is a procedure for anyone who is unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts but it is an effective restorative procedure for women who have gone through weight loss or pregnancy.

Breast augmentation isn’t always suitable for everyone though. If the underlying problem is sagging muscles or skin you might be advised that augmentation could actually end up creating a less pleasing affect that just doing nothing. The surgeon will discuss this with you if it’s an issue.

The procedure - how will my breasts change?

An incision is made underneath the breast, an area called the inframammary fold and an implant pocket is created below or above the chest muscle, then the implant is inserted into this space. There are different types, sizes and shapes of implants, and the one used is dependent upon the needs of the patient, which will have been discussed in advance with the surgeon.

There is generally a choice of two implant materials; either silicone or saline, both of which are developed to be safe with a thick, specially coated shell. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and patients should expect an overnight stay in hospital.

After your augmentation procedure, your breasts will be fuller and more pert - back to their pre-pregnancy shape, or even better if that's what you choose.

Recovery time

Of course, every person is different and their body will react differently to treatment, although there are a number of predictable recovery stages. These generally last for about three months. Immediately after the procedure, there is likely to be some pain, swelling and bruising. The pain should disappear quickly, but the swelling may take a couple of weeks to fully go down.

One week off work would be advisable, as well as six weeks off from sport – especially anything high impact. After about three months 90% of the recovery process should be done.

What if I want another baby?

On a final note it’s worth mentioning that if you’re planning future pregnancies then breast augmentation won’t be a problem. Implants won’t get in the way of breast feeding and the additional support that they give your breasts will help prevent some of the more drastic changes that can occur.

I'm a professional singer, will rhinoplasty affect my voice?

I’m a professional singer, will rhinoplasty affect my voice?

I'm a professional singer, will rhinoplasty affect my voice?Undergoing any kind of surgical procedure that has the potential to affect the voice is always going to be a cause of some concern to professional singers, and rhinoplasty is no exception. You should be reassured though that any good aesthetic surgeon will be focused on minimising any side effects, particularly medical complications. Clearly if your career is dependent on your voice this will form a key part of any discussions in the initial consultation.

Risk of permanent change is small

Generally, the consensus amongst most professionals in this area is that the risk of the voice being changed detrimentally from rhinoplasty is small. It may even be possible to improve resonation and tonality if your voice has a nasal quality currently.

The biggest risk probably comes from intubation, where a breathing tube is placed past the vocal cords for the patient’s safety during the procedure. There is theoretically the possibility of some damage at this point if the tube isn’t introduced with care, but consultant anaesthetists are highly trained and experienced in this technique so the risk is minimal.

Expect a temporary change during recovery from rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure carried out under anaesthetic and will require an overnight stay in hospital so there will be some bruising and swelling during the first few weeks of the recovery period. It’s at this time that your voice may change its characteristics although there should be no need to be alarmed. It’s perfectly normal for the swelling and increased mucous to cause congestion and a temporary change to your voice. Normal service should be resumed within a month though.

If you are concerned about a permanent change, no matter how small then you could speak to the rhinoplasty surgeon (maybe more than one to get a second opinion), a laryngologist and your voice coach (if you have one) before making the decision. It is worth considering that Barabara Streisand and Dean Martin both had rhinoplasty and it certainly didn’t have a negative effect on their singing careers.

For more information, or to book a consultation, please contact us.

What do I need to think about before I have a nose job?

What do I need to think about before I have a nose job?

What do I need to think about before I have a nose job?Although all forms of aesthetic surgery require careful consideration, rhinoplasty (or a nose job) probably requires the most thought. The nose is such a dominant facial feature that changing its shape can genuinely alter your appearance quite dramatically.

Dirty Dancing Star unrecognisable after nose job

Jennifer Grey, the star of Dirty Dancing struggled to find work again after she had a nose job. Whilst her nose was slightly reduced and was arguably more flattering nobody recognised her any more resulting in a lack of movie roles.

It's not just the look of the finished article that you need to think about. Rhinoplasty is surgery and will usually require an overnight stay. Given this you want to make sure you’re comfortable with the location. It can be stressful enough undergoing an operation without travelling great distances too.

Expect some recovery time

Like any surgical procedure you should also expect some recovery time, usually a few weeks. Inevitably there will be some swelling and bruising and you may be advised to avoid wearing spectacles for a while. This is another consideration if you are planning to return to work quickly. The good news is that, in many cases there will be no visible scarring as often the incision can be made inside the nostril, although not always.

Don’t expect absolute perfection

Another factor that is worth thinking about is the possibility of the procedure not producing absolutely perfect results. As it involves removing bone and cartilage there may be a slight irregularity that appears after the swelling subsides as a result of the bone and cartilage healing. Whilst this may not be an issue you for you in the context of a general enhancement of the nose if you do want to attain perfection a second procedure may be required.

The most important consideration in any rhinoplasty is finding the right surgeon. Make sure it’s someone with a solid reputation and readily available testimonials. Meet up with them first before making any kind of commitment. A good surgeon will listen carefully to what you want to achieve and manage your expectations accordingly.

For more information about rhinoplasty in Cambridge, please contact us to book a consultation.

Five commonly asked questions about breast augmentation

Five commonly asked questions about breast augmentation

Five commonly asked questions about breast augmentationCambridge breast augmentation surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the procedure:

How long does it take to recover from a breast augmentation?

Everyone is different and there are many factors which can affect recovery times such as age, type of procedure, pain tolerance etc. but there are some general guidelines. Ideally, you’d avoid any lifting, driving or manual work for the first 3-5 days and continue to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a further 5 weeks. After that, things should be pretty much back to normal although don’t expect the scarring to diminish for up to 9 months.

Is it true I need to sleep on my back after surgery?

Most surgeons will generally recommend a period of sleeping on your back and wearing a good support bra for six to eight weeks following a breast augmentation operation. This is simply to avoid the implants becoming displaced. Interestingly there is evidence that sleeping position can affect breast size and shape with or without implants. The main thing here is to follow your surgeon’s advice.

What if I catch a cold before the surgery?

As breast augmentation is elective surgery it should be as risk free as possible. Generally speaking, a minor cough or cold might not be a problem but it really should be up to the surgeon carrying out the procedure. If you feel sick in any way before the scheduled date then give the surgery a call and let them make the decision.

How long before I can have sex?

Most surgeons will probably advise waiting at least two weeks to avoid bleeding complications caused by increased heart rate and sweating. After that common sense and care is probably required for the next four weeks or so until the implants have settled down and there is less chance of displacement.

Should I have the incision in my armpit, around the nipple or under the breast?

There is no fixed answer to this. You will have permanent scars so you need to decide where you feel most comfortable and what fits with your lifestyle best. If you’re a ballroom dancer then the armpit probably isn’t the right place but it might be if you’re a glamour model. The main thing here is to discuss this with your surgeon and take his advice.

For more information about breast augmentation in Cambridge, please contact us

What CoolSculpting is... and what it isn't

What CoolSculpting is – and what it isn’t

What CoolSculpting is... and what it isn'tWe’re delighted to be able to offer our clients the latest and most effective treatment in fat reduction – CoolSculpting. There’s been a lot of buzz about it in both the aesthetic and celebrity world, and a lot of people have displayed an interest in it. So it makes sense to spell out what it actually does.

Let’s begin by pointing out what CoolSculpting isn’t: a quick-fix remedy for dramatic weight loss. If you’re overweight and desperately want to lose a lot of fat in one go, you need to consider liposuction, which will suck it out. Obviously, there’s a lot of invasive surgery and downtime involved, and you’ll be expected to adhere to an exercise and diet regime afterwards if you don’t want that fat to return.

CoolSculpting finishes the job you’ve already started

However, if you are already taking care of your body through exercise and diet, but are finding certain areas where the fat just won’t shift – under the arms, in the ‘muffin top’ area and even under the chin – CoolSculpting is the best procedure available.

A completely non-invasive and far less painful alternative, CoolSculpting hones and shapes the targeted areas by safely freezing the fat cells therein, so they are naturally eliminated by the body in the weeks that follow.

Frozen fat cells never return

Obviously, this isn’t a free pass to skip the gym and load up on calories: while you will have less fat cells in problem areas, the cells that are left will still expand if you drop your current fitness regime. But for people who need help with body-shaping with problem areas, it’s an absolute boon.

Need further information about CoolSculpting or any of the other treatments available at our Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic? Make an appointment with our consultation team at your earliest convenience.

Gail Porter has talked about her breast reduction surgery

Breast reduction surgery pays off for TV presenter

Gail Porter has talked about her breast reduction surgeryThe recent news story about Gail Porter’s difficulty with her 28J breasts – and her decision to undertake breast reduction surgery – pretty much said it all for us.

While society’s general opinions about breast size might be ‘the bigger the better’, we know that doesn’t generally apply, particularly as we mature, and what may be considered an asset in our early adult years can become a physical and psychological burden as time goes on.

Singled out

In Gail’s case, her issues began as early as nine years old, as she stood out as the first girl in her school to start developing and was immediately singled out for attention.

“I was aware I was different and developing earlier than the other girls,” she said in the Channel 5 show Celebrity Botched Up Bodies. "In PE they all wore vests and I wore a bra. People would ping my bra and call me names, so I was kind of a laughing stock."

‘They are like sandbags’

Even when she reached her twenties and became one of the most successful British models of the Nineties, she was still desperate to reduce the size of her breasts, starving herself to the point of anorexia.

Now in her mid-forties, she has experienced all of the problems of oversized breasts. “They are like sandbags. I am exhausted and my back is getting more curved. Exercise is a nightmare. I love my running but I am knackered by the time I get back and not just from running but from the weight”

The wonders of breast reduction surgery

After a visit to a London cosmetic surgeon, however, she’s had her breasts reduced to a C cup – and she’s delighted with the results.

“My confidence has gone through the roof, I can sit up straight and I can wear dresses and tops without looking pregnant.” She said afterwards.

We congratulate her for taking the decision to boost her self-confidence, and demonstrating the benefits of breast reduction surgery.

rhinoplasty in Cambridge - print your own nose?

Coming soon: print your own nose?

rhinoplasty in CambridgeWe’re always keeping an eye on new technological developments in the world of cosmetic surgery, so this article – about the possibility of 3D printers being used in rhinoplasty operations (nose jobs) – really captured our interest.

The 3D printer has been around for a few years now, but it’s the beauty industry that has really cottoned on early to its possibilities.

There’s already a lot of interest in the creation of new and animal-friendly textures for make-up brushes, one company in Japan is already printing out incredibly realistic strands of hair, and another in Italy is using the technology to create millimetre-perfect membranes of scalps for hairpieces.

Could a cartridge create cartilage?

Things haven’t got that advanced in the world of rhinoplasty, but the article points us towards the first step: the ability to print out a 3D blueprint of a client’s ‘new’ nose, giving them the chance to see and touch what they’re after on the facial front.

In short, it gives clients the chance to see a Before and After image long before the procedure has begun, which in turn allows you to make any minor adjustments you like to ensure you end up with the perfect nose.

Expect to pay through the nose

Obviously, there’s a catch or two: while the printers can kick out a perfect facsimile of what the client is after, it’s then down to the surgeon to recreate it in real life – which depends entirely on the skill of a (albeit highly-trained) human being.

And it goes without saying that asking to see and touch a 3D printout of the nose of your dreams adds a chunk of change onto your final bill – up to $400 at present (the service is as yet not available in the UK).

However, we all know that technologies get cheaper and better as time goes on, and it’s leaving us wondering where it’ll all end. Will we be able to print out sheets of realistic-feeling skin in the near future? Who knows?

If you're interested to find out more about rhinoplasty in Cambridge, please contact us.

celebrities spark new trend for minimalist breast augmentation in Cambridge

The new trend in breast augmentation: less is more

celebrities spark new trend for minimalist breast augmentation in CambridgeAs a swathe of celebrities are proving, the day of the top-heavy boob job is on the way out – not that it was really ‘in’ anyway. As our years of breast augmentation experience have demonstrated, the majority of our clients aren’t looking for a vast increase in bust size: they want to simply enhance or keep the shape of what they already have.

It’s time to shape up

There are many reasons as to why our clients want to reap the benefits of breast augmentation in Cambridge: some of them have been dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts for most of their adult life, while others feel they need a little help when the aging process invariably kicks in.

Similarly, there are many different factors in a woman’s life that can turn her towards considering breast augmentation – from weight changes to childbirth and breastfeeding.

Also, there are a great many psychological reasons for seeking breast augmentation. Although the general conception amongst certain people is that women have a ‘boob job’ in order to find or keep a partner, we’re fully aware that our clients are a little bit deeper than that.

The natural breast look is back

As the article demonstrates, today’s women are wisely seeking a natural appearance, aware of the fact that a larger bust gives off more of a ‘matronly’ look as they mature, and more concerned about shape than size.

Our practice is perfectly placed to give our clients the natural look they seek, as we offer nothing less than the highest quality implants that have a proven safety record, which are implemented with the utmost care and attention.

If you know what you want to achieve with your body – or are wondering what’s possible – our advice is to book a consultation with us at your earliest convenience.

Discussing CoolSculpting benefits at the Natural History Museum

Last month, I was asked to speak about the CoolSculpting benefits at an event held in the prestigious surroundings of the Natural History Museum in London. Zeltiq, the manufacturers of CoolSculpting, had invited aesthetic practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds to learn more about the advantages that this fat reduction device can bring to their clinics and, in turn, the benefits for their patients.

coolsculpting-benefits-presentationPlastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, dentists and nurses attended the evening event, held in the Earth Hall of the museum. It was a delightful contrast to talk about this truly innovative cryolipolysis technology, surrounded by artefacts that told the story of our planet’s origins, including six-metre long Sophie, the most intact Stegosaurus fossil ever found.

After cocktails and canapes, one of Zeltiq’s head honchos, Andy Vutam, introduced the evening’s events and told the story of how scientists stumbled upon the discovery that fat cells were particularly vulnerable to the application of cold.

Many years ago, two Harvard doctors decided to investigate further the peculiar phenomenon known as ‘popsicle panniculitis’ which was the appearance of dimples in children’s cheeks when they were sucking on frozen lollies. The doctors found that fat cells were more sensitive to cold than other body tissues such as skin, muscle or the nerves and eventually they found the precise temperature that destroyed the fat cell without damaging the surrounding tissue.

The process of cryolipolysis as it became known was then harnessed in the CoolSculpting device that was approved for fat reduction by the FDA in America in 2010. Research has proven that approximately 25% of fat cells can be reduced in one treatment, with follow-on treatments further reducing fat.

As a relative CoolSculpting newbie I was presenting my early experiences of offering this treatment to my patients and in building an aesthetic clinic from scratch. I was joined on the panel by a Dutch plastic surgeon Dr Farid Kazem who has been offering CoolSculpting for a number of years and now has 12 machines and four clinics, such is the demand. The feedback on both our speeches was very positive and I know many of my colleagues have now been inspired to offer CoolSculpting to their own patients.

If you’re interested to learn more about the CoolSculpting benefits, call 01223 214960 to book a consultation.

will my breast augmentation scars ruin the effect?

Will my breast augmentation scars ruin the effect?

will my breast augmentation scars ruin the effect?Breast augmentation scars are a concern for many who are considering the procedure.

For some women, feelings of self-consciousness about their breasts have been ever present since puberty: they started small and they stayed small. For others, the embarrassment comes later on in life, where breasts that were once full and pert have drooped pitifully.

In both these situations, a breast augmentation can produce beautiful and natural looking results – and do even more for a woman’s self-esteem. When considering if the procedure is the answer for them, many women naturally come to the question of scarring and if it could detract from the pleasing nature of their new shape?

What breast augmentation scars can I expect?

There are many variations on a breast augmentation, including whether the implant is placed above or beneath the muscle, which size implant, what the implant is made of, where the incisions will be, and so on.

Breast augmentation techniques are ever evolving with new and improved methods to create attractive results with fewer side effects. During your consultation with Cambridge cosmetic surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad, you will talk through every aspect of your surgery.

After a physical assessment of your frame and a discussion about your objectives, highly experienced Mr Ahmad will tailor a surgical plan to your needs. He will explain where the incisions will be made and how these are done to heal as discreetly as possible, ensuring that breast augmentation scars are minimised.

Once they have had their consultation, most women feel reassured that the scars will be limited, discreet – and a small price to pay for the improved bust shape.

Find a skilled surgeon

There is an art – and a great deal of skill – in producing fine, barely discernable scars so take the time to choose a surgeon whose training is up to the minute and who has performed countless breast augmentations.

Cambridge-based Mr Ahmad will gladly share photos of previous patients’ procedures so you can have a clear idea of the degree of scarring you should expect.