If you have spent many years feeling intensely self-conscious about an aspect of your face or body, the decision to have cosmetic surgery can be an immensely liberating one – and the results can be very pleasing indeed. However, it is natural to hear a niggling voice of doubt. Indeed, a question Mr Tariq Ahmad hears very frequently in his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic is: ‘how do I know I’m not going to regret it afterwards?’
1. Do over-think it:
Opting to have cosmetic surgery is not something one does on a whim. If you are at the point of actively researching it, it is likely that you’ve spent many years mulling the idea over. Ask yourself lots of soul-searching questions: why am I thinking about it? What do I think is going to change? Am I doing this to please me and no one else? Have I explored the alternative? Am I sure it will be worth it? Don’t just have honest conversations with yourself: share your thought processes with someone who knows you well.
2. Choose your cosmetic surgeon carefully:
If you are sure you want to go down the cosmetic surgery route, then make sure you place yourself in the best hands. By choosing a surgeon who is a member of BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) you can be sure that you are in the care of someone who is a leader in their field, who is trained and experienced to the top level, and is rated highly by their peers. Their professional integrity prevents them from promoting their products so you will never feel pressurised into making any decision.
3. Be realistic:
During a consultation with Cambridge-based surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad, you will have a candid conversation about your expectations of cosmetic surgery – and how realistic these are. Understanding the limitations of surgery is integral to being satisfied with final results.