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.

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.

3 reasons to allow yourself recovery time after cosmetic surgery

Getting back to normal after cosmetic surgery is a rational desire; after all, you want to get on with enjoying the results. However, in any discussion about the recovery, your cosmetic surgeon will emphasise that you need to allow your body time to heal. Here’s why:

1. Don’t compromise the healing process.

When Mr Tariq Ahmad’s cosmetic surgery patients leave his Cambridge clinic after their surgery, they are given written guidance on things to do and things to avoid. This will include advice on subjects such as sun exposure, wound care, movements and exercises that help or hinder, and for how long to wear bandages or support garments. By following these aftercare instructions you will encourage healing; cutting corners may slow down or disrupt the process and could adversely affect the aesthetic outcomes, too.

2. Your body needs to recover from the anaesthetic.

General anaesthetic used in surgery is very safe, and Mr Ahmad only works with the most qualified and experienced anaesthetists in Cambridge’s top private hospitals. However, as safe as it is, it puts pressure on your body and it takes a while to shake off the effects afterwards. You will feel groggy after surgery and tired for several days.

3. You don’t know how you are going to feel.

The vast majority of cosmetic surgery patients are thrilled with the final results but you need to be prepared to wait a while to see them. How long before you can appreciate the final look will depend on the procedure and how much swelling there is. Sometimes there is a mental adjustment to make, especially with a procedure such as a rhinoplasty where you are making alterations to something as character defining as your face. After your cosmetic surgery you will certainly have some swelling and bruising, but you may also be feeling a little vulnerable – so clear you diary and give yourself some space.

The importance of a cosmetic surgery consultation

Cosmetic surgery, for the majority of patients, is a hugely successful, life-enhancing procedure that has a positive impact on their self esteem and confidence. Sometimes there may be complications after the procedure that are out of the hands of yourself or your surgeon, that has a bearing on patient satisfaction levels, but for the most part, dissatisfaction with the result of cosmetic surgery can be traced back to the consultation stage.

If you see an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon such as Mr Tariq Ahmad in Cambridge you will always have your consultation with him, right from the start. If you make an appointment and find yourself with a sales consultant (whatever title they may given, such as patient co-ordinator) then this should should ring immediate alarm bells.

Trust is key to your relationship with your cosmetic surgeon

During the consultation for his Cambridge cosmetic surgery patients, Mr Tariq Ahmad offers a lengthy and unhurried period of time, during which he can get to know you and you can get to know him. Trust is a key component to the eventual success of your procedure.

Good communication is also important, as you have to be able to articulate exactly what is concerning you and what you hope to achieve from the surgery. If this isn't physically possible or if the surgeon feels that you're not clear about exactly what you want, then you will never be pleased with the results, however 'successful' others may perceive them to be.

Once you and your surgeon have agreement on what it is you are hoping for, then Mr Tariq Ahmad will be able to give you a very clear idea about what the actual procedure entails and, even more importantly, the possible complications that might ensue.

A second cosmetic surgery consultation is always available if necessary

Mr Tariq Ahmad always ensures that his cosmetic surgery patients who visit his clinics in Cambridge and Peterborough have taken all this onboard. He provides written information for them to take away and will always see them for a second consultation if necessary. Complications are rare for a plastic surgeon of Mr Tariq Ahmad's calibre, but they can occur and the patient has to be prepared fully.

Steps involved in planning for a Cosmetic Surgery in Cambridge

For the majority of patients that undergo cosmetic surgery, it is a positive, life-enhancing decision that can often transform their lives, relationships and self-esteem.

However, every surgery brings with it the potential of complications and there are always a minority of patients for whom Cosmetic Surgery doesn't fulfill their expectations. This is why it is such an important decision and there are a number of steps you should undergo before making this decision.

Step One: timing Cosmetic Surgery

The advice of any respectable plastic surgeon is that you should not consider any cosmetic surgical enhancement if you have recently experienced one of life's major upheavals. This includes bereavement or illness, divorce or the breakdown of a relationship, or having very recently had children.

Mr Tariq Ahmad, a plastic surgeon based in Cambridge and Peterborough, always questions patients at a consultation on what is driving this desire for cosmetic enhancement. If he feels that they are not making the decision in the correct frame of mind, he counsels them to take some time to think very hard about their choice and often suggests they come back at a later date for a further consultation.

Step Two: Having a clear idea of what you wish to achieve from Cosmetic Surgery

Many men and women have been thinking for many years about changing or enhancing a particular feature or part of their body. Most patients who visit Mr Tariq Ahmad for a consultation are very clear about what they wish to change and what they hope to achieve from Cosmetic Surgery and the majority have realistic expectations.

For those who cannot clearly articulate what it is that is bothering them or, alternatively, if they don't have realistic expectations, then cosmetic surgery will probably leave them dissatisfied, however 'successful' it is.

Step Three: Choosing your Cosmetic Surgeon

Often the most important choice you can make to ensure a successful outcome from Cosmetic Surgery is in your choice of surgeon. Personal recommendation from friends and family or advice from your GP can all help, but if none of these avenues are available, then the internet can be a valuable resource. The only drawback of the internet is being able to evaluate the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon.

Membership of some of the UK's independent plastic surgeon organisations can often be a good indication. They regularly evaluate their surgeons to ensure they are operating to a high standard. Mr Tariq Ahmad, for example, is a member of BAAPS and BAPRAS which are the two leading plastic surgeon organisations.

Once you've made your initial choice, then a consultation is key. Finding a plastic surgeon who you trust and can communicate clearly with can only be done on a face-to-face basis.