Rhinoplasty 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.