rhinoplasty surgeon

How do I choose a rhinoplasty surgeon?

rhinoplasty surgeonRhinoplasty is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery – and also one of the most complex. The intricate structure of the nose combined with its aesthetic prominence makes alterations to the nasal shape a risky business – so it’s important to be in the right hands. But how do you know whose hands are the safest and most skilled?

What are the necessary credentials of a rhinoplasty surgeon?

Firstly, check that your prospective surgeon is listed on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons and that they are a member of a professional body such as BAPRAS or BAAPS. As a member of BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad is committed to keeping his skills up to date, is peer reviewed, operates only in the top clinics approved by the CQC, and submits an annual safety audit. Furthermore, Mr Ahmad has a specialism in rhinoplasty and cleft and lip palate so is vastly experienced in this field, and indeed trains other plastic surgeons in the latest techniques.

What else should I look out for in my rhinoplasty surgeon?

Having the right certificate is only part of the package. In addition to surgical skill, a rhinoplasty surgeon must have an artistic eye and be able to make subtle changes that work in harmony with the existing facial features. Ask to see your surgeon’s photographic portfolio; before and after photos of previous procedures will give you a good idea about the beauty and naturalness of your surgeon’s work. And then there is the question of rapport: if you do not feel that your concerns are being listened to, you are likely to feel vulnerable during your rhinoplasty journey. Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad feels that honesty and openness are central to the patient–surgeon relationship, and ensures that patients understand all that is involved and trust their surgeon to be candid in his advice.


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Top 4 cosmetic surgery procedures

cosmetic surgery proceduresFigures released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed that 2015 saw a significant rise in cosmetic surgery procedures from the previous year – a 12.6% rise in fact. For the first time, the total exceeded the 50,000 mark, and more than 4,600 of these were for men. So what are the most popular procedures?

  1. Breast augmentation consistently occupies the top spot. In 2015 a record 9,642 ‘boob jobs’ were performed in the UK, an increase in line with cosmetic surgery as a whole. A relatively straightforward procedure with predictably attractive results, it is little wonder that breast augmentations are enduringly popular. It is, however, a highly individualized procedure; at his Cambridge breast augmentation clinic, Mr Tariq Ahmad will first listen to your objectives and then tailor a bespoke surgical plan.
  2. Blepharoplasty accounts for 17% of cosmetic surgical procedures for women and 21% of those for men – and is the most popular type of cosmetic surgery men choose. Drooping eyelids and bags under the eye can be very ageing. Eyelid surgery repairs the sag by removing the surplus skin and protruding fat, giving a smoother, more youthful line to the eyes.
  3. Face and neck lifts were up by 16% among women and 14% among men in 2015. Facial rejuvenation techniques are ever evolving and more people are using this to counteract the ageing combination of looser skin, loss of muscle condition and the forces of gravity. Mr Ahmad offers the full range of surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments at his Cambridge clinic.
  4. Breast reduction features at the top end of both the male and female cosmetic surgery chart. While women with overly large breasts may seek surgery to alleviate associated back and neck pain, both men and women are likely to be motivated by the effect their breasts have on their self-confidence.

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Top 3 tips for breast augmentation recovery

breast augmentation recoveryFor those women who have long felt their modest bust is a drain on their self-confidence, a breast augmentation can make some empowering improvements. Whether you have always had small breasts or if they have been diminished by childbearing or getting older, breast implants might be the way to harness the self esteem that seems to elude you. It is probable that once surgery is behind you, you will want to get out and enjoy this new energy – so what can you do to get back on your feet sooner?

  1. Be physically prepared. Breast augmentation is the most popular type of cosmetic surgery globally with upwards of 9,600 women having it in the UK in 2015 alone. As procedures go, it is relatively straightforward and one that Cambridge breast augmentation surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad has performed numerous times before. That said, it’s not standard procedure for your body – so don’t underestimate what you are asking of it. In the run up to your breast augmentation, treat your body like a temple: eat well, get active, cut out the bad stuff and avoid stress. Those who are fit and well tend to bounce back sooner after surgery. After your breast augmentation, follow the aftercare guidelines issued by your surgeon – especially the instructions to give yourself ample time to heal.
  2. Be mentally prepared. During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will ask you about your objectives and your reasons for surgery. He will emphasise the importance of realistic expectations to a satisfied outcome.
  3. Be logistically prepared. You will need time and space to recuperate so clear your diary of work and social engagements. However, you will also need help: line up someone to help with your domestic commitments and make sure your home is well equipped for healing with healthy, nutritious supplies.

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What should I do ahead of my breast augmentation consultation?

preparing for breast augmentation consultationIn 2015, just fewer than 10,000 women had a breast augmentation in the UK. As a relatively straightforward procedure with high satisfaction rates, it is little wonder that year on year its popularity increases. If you are intending to have cosmetic surgery, you may be looking ahead to the procedure itself and then beyond that to enjoying the results. However, before you get to the day of surgery, you will have your breast augmentation consultation – an invaluable part not only of the planning of your surgery, but integral to the overall satisfaction and it is therefore worthwhile giving it some thought ahead of time.

Prepare your mind

The breast augmentation consultation has multiple purposes: to find out what you need to know, to assess your suitability for surgery, to tailor the surgery to your individual needs, and to make sure you have chosen the right surgeon for you. During your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will conduct a physical examination before discussing your motivations and expectations of surgery, questioning if they are realistic. Do some soul-searching in advance: what do you want to change? Are you sure you are doing this just for yourself? What do you expect to be different afterwards? He will also talk you through the procedure; if you have done your research beforehand, you will be able to absorb more information and will have had to time to think of questions you want answering, either about the surgery itself or your surgeon’s credentials and experience.

Prepare your body

If you intend to lose weight, do so before your surgery. Fluctuations in weight afterwards will compromise the aesthetic results so it’s advisable to get close to your ideal weight in time for your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation – and those who are fit and well make the speedier recovery after their surgery.


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4 rhinoplasty questions you need answers for

rhinoplasty questionsWhether or not to have a rhinoplasty is perhaps one of the most difficult cosmetic surgery decisions to make. A patient may feel sure they want to change their nose – make it less bumpy, or less bulbous, or straighter, perhaps – but what is it going to look like on their face? How will it work with their other features? Will it look right? Candid conversations with your surgeon at your rhinoplasty consultation are therefore paramount – and it’s your opportunity to have some questions answered. Here are four to consider.

1. What is your experience of performing rhinoplasty? Nose reshaping surgery is complex owing to the intricate and delicate structures of the nose so you want to be in the safest of hands. Cambridge surgeon Tariq Ahmad specialises in rhinoplasty, cleft lip and palate surgery and trains other cosmetic surgeons in the latest techniques. As a member of BAAPS, the prestigious professional body, he is committed to keeping his skills up to the minute and observing the strictest of safety standards.

2. How will you make it look natural? It is not just surgical skill that is involved in rhinoplasty success but an artistic eye, too. For natural looking results, your surgeon must have a keen sense of how the facial structures harmonise so that any changes do not jar with their surroundings.

3. When will I see the final results? After your rhinoplasty, your new shape will continue to settle for some time. It may be 6 to 12 months before you are able to appreciate the final look.

4. Will I like it? During your Cambridge rhinoplasty consultation, Mr Ahmad will discuss your motivations for surgery – and your expectations of the outcome. Mr Ahmad will explain how surgery has its limits and emphasise that realistic expectations are important to secure a satisfied result.


reasons for a breast augmentation

I’ve always been embarrassed about my small breasts…

reasons for a breast augmentationHaving small breasts is, for many women, demoralising. Not only do they find that many styles of clothes are simply not for them, but they can feel acutely self-conscious about their slight bust. In some cases, this embarrassment negatively impacts on intimate relationships and can be a blow to self-esteem. Are breast implants the answer? When women present at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge breast augmentation clinic, they often express a desire for the end result – beautiful and natural-looking fuller breasts – but are uncertain about whether it really is the right choice for them. Here are three pointers to help the decision-making process.

  1. Know what is involved. Without understanding the details of the procedure, the potential risks and complications, and what the recovery period entails, you will not be able to make an informed decision. Do your research, and make the most of your Cambridge breast augmentation consultation by asking many questions.
  2. Understand why you are doing it. Mr Ahmad will ask you about your motivations for surgery, and what has been the catalyst for you exploring implants at this time. Ask yourself who you are doing it for, and think again if the answer is anyone but yourself.
  3. Have realistic expectations. A breast augmentation is a relatively straightforward procedure with predictable results and a high patient satisfaction rate. However, as Mr Ahmad explains to all his Cambridge patients, it is important to have realistic expectations of the procedure. While a breast augmentation can produce really very attractive results and do good things for a woman’s self-confidence, it will not set straight everything that is found wanting in her life. Patients who accept that cosmetic surgery has its limitations tend to be the happier after their surgery – and more able to enjoy the results.

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When is it the right time to think about cosmetic surgery?

right time for cosmetic surgeryEach year, more people are choosing to have cosmetic surgery. In 2015, the number of procedures performed in the UK topped 50,000 for the first time. However, the fact that more people are making the decision does not make it a lighter one for the individual concerned. ‘I’ve been thinking about it for some time – why not now?’ is a sentiment often voiced at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic. Here are four questions to ask yourself if this is an avenue you are considering.

  1. Do you know what it involves? While cosmetic surgery can be, if you are in the right hands, a tremendously rewarding journey, it does require physical, emotional and financial commitment so it is important to know just what is involved in order to make an informed decision. First step: do your research.
  2. Is your life free of turmoil? Avoid having surgery at a time of stress or upheaval, during a divorce or a house move, for example. Decisions made at these times are less confident ones; furthermore, you will need all your strength to heal so do your body a favour and wait until calm is restored.
  3. Are you physically fit and ready? The surest way to undermine the aesthetic results of your cosmetic surgery is to allow your weight to fluctuate significantly after the event. Get yourself in the best shape beforehand. Moreover, those patients who are fit and healthy cope better with surgery, are the sooner back on their feet, and are at lower risk of complications.
  4. Can you commit to the recovery time? Mr Ahmad sends his Cambridge patients home with comprehensive aftercare instructions after their cosmetic surgery. By following these to the letter, you allow your body to heal soundly and swiftly. If you cannot afford to take this time now, consider planning your surgery for a later date.

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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


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