If you have got to the point of booking a cosmetic surgery consultation, then you will probably have been considering the pros and cons of surgery for some time and have researched what is involved. The consultation is your opportunity to fill in the gaps in your knowledge – and only your surgeon will have the answers to some of your questions. Here are five of the most frequently asked questions Mr Tariq Ahmad hears in his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic.
1. Will I be safe?
Every surgery, be its purpose aesthetic or medical, carries an element of risk; the safest way forward is to manage and minimise this risk. This is achieved by choosing a highly qualified surgeon (are they listed on the GMC’s Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons?) who operates in a reputable clinic such as Cambridge’s Spire or Nuffield hospitals. Your health will be a factor and an experienced cosmetic surgeon will take a full medical history and explain the risks before any surgery is planned.
2. Can you guarantee success?
Find out about your surgeon’s patient satisfaction rates. During a consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad asks his cosmetic surgery candidates about their expectations, discusses how realistic these are and explains the limitations of surgery.
3. Will it look natural?
The best cosmetic surgery is difficult to spot. A highly experienced surgeon who has technical skill and an artistic eye can produce natural-looking and beautiful results. Ask to see before and after photos.
4. What will it cost?
After your consultation, you should know what the final costs of your treatment will be – and have been assured that there are no hidden extras.
5. When can I get back to normal?
Recovery time varies according to procedure and to an individual’s capacity to heal. Your surgeon will be able to give you a clear idea of what to expect during your consultation.