October 2010

Dr. Lintner Discusses the Importance of Board-Certification

In addition to being certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Lintner recently discussed several important factors to address when considering cosmetic enhancement surgery, and added that the basics for choosing a plastic surgeon require answers to several questions throughout the initial consultation process.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lintner

Dr. Lintner says choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is important because it means the doctor graduated from an accredited medical school. Once they have achieved a medical degree, the doctors are required to complete a combination of general, plastic, and reconstructive surgery training, and then must pass written and oral exams administered by the Board.

Another important factor to consider when choosing a surgeon is whether they are a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lintner says this is of extreme importance because of the amount of experience and continuing education that is required. However in the end, whether he is performing liposuction or breast augmentation in Atlanta, Dr. Lintner says conducting research when choosing a plastic surgeon will ensure your best interests are addressed.

Atlanta Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Importance

DR. THOMAS LINTNER: The first most common myth is that all surgeons who practice cosmetic surgery are of equal training.  You should pick a board certified plastic surgeon because they have standards of training that they have to fill and patient safety is important, knowledge is important, and the results are generally better with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Another common myth of plastic surgery is that the fat returns after liposuction.  That’s not necessarily true, because that’s assuming failure is your goal.  Your goal is to diet and exercise and liposuction. It’s not good to do one without the others.  The other thing is that those fat cells are removed permanently.  It will change the distribution of the fat, but those fat cells are gone.

The third myth of plastic surgery is that all patients who have had facial surgery are very visible and that’s not necessarily true.  Most patients that we do, we try to maintain a natural balanced look so that you can’t tell they had a procedure done.  They might look refreshed, they might look less tired, they might look younger, but you won’t be able to put your finger on why they look that way and that all surgery is not visible.