preparing for breast augmentation consultation

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.

rhinoplasty questions

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.

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.