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.

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.

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.

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.

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.