DR. THOMAS LINTNER: I present to my patients that we can put in either option and it’s purely their decision. If they ask me which is a better implant, I would say silicone feels more natural and looks more natural. You can go a little bigger and still look better.
We tell patients come in with an open mind, if they’re afraid of the implant silicone or saline then they shouldn’t get it. We follow our patients for their practice lifetime. That gives them confidence that we feel confident about the implant they are using.
Silicone implants cost more than saline and some patients choose purely on price. If they want an implant that feels like a real breast, saline implants tend to feel more like a water balloon. Silicone tends to feel like a real breast. And so patients can feel them, they feel each implant in the office and they can choose whichever they want.
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.
DR. THOMAS LINTNER: Basically what we do in this practice is focus on three areas. We focus mainly on the breasts, both from the cosmetic aspect to the reconstructive aspect. We also focus on the body as far as body contouring in general. I generally consider liposuction, tummy tuck, lift procedures like breast lift, thigh lift, arm lift, as body contouring and that’s usually excising skin and fat and you can do them separate or together. And then we consider the face as sort of another arena. We take care of facial problems from cosmetic facial procedures, brow lifts, blepharoplasty, which is eye lifts, face lifts. We consider skin care to be a cornerstone to treatment of the face, injectables; we focus on all aspects of plastic surgery.
DR. THOMAS LINTNER: We strongly urge patients to think a lot about size as we size you by height, weight, chest width, chest height. We size you in the office with a bra on. You’ll try different sizes and you narrow the range of implants we use on you. And the last way we tend to size patients is with pictures, it’s nice to know that we’re both on the same page. If a B to me is a B to you, that’s good. But if you think a B is really a C plus, then we’re not going to be on the same page. So we usually use pictures a lot to determine what size breasts you want to have.
DR. THOMAS LINTNER: We consider a great candidate a patient that’s unhappy with the current size breasts she has, that has a reasonable breast size, A or B cup, even C, and then has reasonable expectations as to the end result.