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.

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.

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.

Will I still look like me after my nose job?

Will I still look like me after my nose job?

Will I still look like me after my nose job?Living with a nose you dislike is so difficult because you can’t cover it up. For some people, their nose is the source of acute self-consciousness and they may have spent years dreaming of having a nose job.

An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon can make subtle, effective changes that smooth out the troublesome bumps, humps and irregularities.

Those considering a nose job are likely to feel certain that they will look better when those changes have been made, but a question often heard in Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge rhinoplasty clinic is: ‘will I still look like me?’

How do I know what to expect of my nose job results?

During your Cambridge rhinoplasty consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will talk you through the entire process, first asking what has brought you to the decision to have cosmetic surgery and what you are hoping will change after it.

He will discuss the potential risks and complications and detail what a rhinoplasty requires in terms of preparation and recovery. After an examination of your nose and facial structures, Mr Ahmad will give you a clear idea of what changes can be made to achieve your goals and how much difference surgery can make.

How can I ensure a happy outcome?

Any good surgeon will tell you that having realistic expectations will lead to a more satisfied outcome.

They will also tell you that after your nose job there follows a period of adjustment, where both your new nose shape settles into its final form, and where you become acquainted with the new reflection in the mirror.

Finally, place yourself and your looks in the hands of someone with great experience of this particular procedure as it is one of the more complex cosmetic surgeries – and a specialist will be able to make subtle changes that work in harmony with the rest of your face.

have I left it too late to have a breast enlargement??

Have I left it too late to have a breast enlargement?

have I left it too late to have a breast enlargement?As a general rule, age is not kind to a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breast is not supported in a high, pert position on the chest but tends to sag instead. Nipples point to the floor and volume is lost. Breast enlargement surgery can solve these problems, but as an older woman, many wonder: have they left it too late?

Mr Tariq Ahmad sees women of all ages in his Cambridge breast augmentation clinic; one question often asked by his older patients is: ‘aren’t breast augmentations really for young women?’ Feeling they should have taken action long ago, they wonder if they now just need to live with what they have.

What makes a good candidate for breast enlargement?

Every woman has a right to feel happy in her own skin, whatever her age – and women of all ages have breast enlargement. If you are in good health, you understand the risks involved, you have realistic expectations and if you still have a certain degree of stretch in your skin, you are likely to be a suitable candidate for surgery.

During your Cambridge breast enlargement consultation, Mr Ahmad will take your medical history and conduct a physical examination, assessing both your frame and your skin condition. He will then advise you on the best course of action to achieve your goals.

Will the results look natural?

It is more often of concern to Mr Ahmad’s older female patients that it not look like they have ‘had work done’. Mr Ahmad’s approach to all cosmetic surgery is that the results look beautiful and natural, and work in harmony with the body’s frame and features.

As a surgeon with many years’ experience, he has both surgical expertise as well as an artistic eye which enables him to produce breast enlargement results that look very much the best part of you.

4 reasons to improve your fitness for cosmetic surgery

4 reasons to get fit for cosmetic surgery

4 reasons to improve your fitness for cosmetic surgeryIt is not uncommon to hear cosmetic surgery candidates say, ‘after my procedure, I’m going to improve my fitness and take good care of myself.’

Maintaining a stable weight and making sensible lifestyles choices with regards to sun exposure, alcohol and nicotine are all good ways of preserving the aesthetic results of your cosmetic surgery – but there is an argument for adopting these even before your surgery. Here are 4 reasons not to put it off any longer.

1. The fitter you are, the easier your body will find surgery

Being in good health means that the risk of complication while under anaesthetic is reduced. During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will take your full medical history as well as conducting a physical examination. When assessing your suitability for surgery, he will take your physical health into consideration. Medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes may be problematic, but so too can being overweight or smoking.

2. The fitter you are, the sooner you will recover

Those who are in good shape tend to bounce back quicker after their cosmetic surgery. Get active ahead of time to build up your endurance.

3. Fitness will help achieve longer lasting results

Mr Ahmad is frequently asked by his Cambridge patients how best they can preserve the results of their cosmetic surgery. One of the top answers is to maintain a stable weight as fluctuations undermine the work done to tighten and sculpt – so get fit ahead of the big day.

4. Fitness helps the whole picture

By embracing a healthy and fit lifestyle you reduce the impact of stress on your physical health. And by reducing consumption of alcohol, nicotine and unhealthy food, you remove some of those factors that can drag you down.

Cosmetic surgery can produce fabulous results but the process can, for some, be arduous; feeling mentally strong and full of vitality will help you enjoy the finished results sooner.