DR. THOMAS LINTNER: After pregnancy we typically do three distinct operations. We look at their abdominal contour; we like to give them a flatter stomach and smaller stomach, if possible. We then do breasts as a second operation. We either do augmentation, if they just need an increase in size, or do a lift procedure if they’re trying to reshape their breasts. And then the third operation we do very frequently is liposuction.
Most women after they deliver wait about six months before they come in for a consultation to let their bodies readapt, so they don’t need as much surgery as they would if they came in right away.
DR. THOMAS LINTNER: As far as body contouring goes, we look at several different options and we try to fix only what’s broken so to speak. If you’re only fat and you have good quality skin and great muscles, you don’t need those fixed and so we tell a patient they might be better with liposuction. The advantages are small incisions and short downtime.
In patients who are going to end up with redundant skin, we move into the skin removal operations and that runs from a panniculectomy to a tummy tuck. The different is that in a panniculectomy you’re removing skin and fat only and in a tummy tuck, you’re removing skin, fat and then tightening the muscles. Subsequently, the recovery time is a lot longer for muscle tightening. We find that many of our patients don’t need a full tummy tuck, they need a less procedure which means lesser pain, lesser recovery and lesser costs substantially.
Most plastic surgeons look at only two options, liposuction and tummy tuck, we run the gamut for patients, we individualize the care so they get a better result and only the result they need.
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.
NATALIE: I came to Dr. Lintner because I had some serious issues with my body and I wanted to feel better about myself. And I think when I talked to other women about it they started to make me feel more comfortable about exploring the plastic surgery. And one of my girlfriends actually had the plastic surgery with Dr. Lintner and really loved her results and so I started exploring a little bit more on the internet and every time I came up with a search his name always popped up. And I just said, you know, maybe it’s meant to be.
So I made my appointment, I came in for my consultation and, of course, I was the girl that had like a million questions and my nurse, she sat there for like two hours during my consultation and answered every question. And they asked me at the end of the consultation, do you want to schedule your surgery and I said absolutely without any hesitation. They answered all my questions and made me feel good about everything and I scheduled it for three months later, because I wanted to give myself some time to prepare and lose weight.
And I got to the surgery center at the hospital and felt so comfortable, everything was so smooth. Not one time did I feel like, you know, this isn’t right or I don’t have a good gut feeling. Dr. Lintner walked in, helped me draw my body, you know, what am I going to look like and he was just as excited about it as I was and that’s what made most of my experience just so spectacular was I have a doctor who cares about how happy I’m going to be at the end.