When considering the results of a recent study conducted by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that showed nearly 10 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in 2009, Dr. Lintner says board-certification becomes even more important when considering any form of cosmetic enhancement. At his Atlanta plastic surgery (http://www.tomlintnermd.com/index.html) practice, Advanced Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Thomas Lintner addresses the importance of choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, as well as several other significant elements to address when considering a cosmetic enhancement procedure, such as a tummy tuck or a complete mommy makeover in Atlanta (http://www.tomlintnermd.com/html/mommy-makeover.html). Board-certification by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery means the doctor graduated from an accredited medical school, followed by a combination of general, plastic, and reconstructive surgery training. The final step in the certification process is passing both written and oral exams administered by the Board to ensure proficiency in performing a full range of plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Lintner says the basics for choosing a plastic surgeon in Atlanta (http://www.tomlintnermd.com/html/drlintner.html) require answers to several questions about the surgeon throughout the initial consultation process, in addition to whether he or she has been certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. According to Dr. Lintner, another key factor in choosing the right plastic surgeon is whether or not they are a member in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lintner says this is important because of the amount of experience and continuing education that are required. Coupled with the necessary adherence to the ASAPS Code of Ethics, as well as the need to be nominated by two other members of the society, he says the rigorous requirements ensure surgeons remain at the top of the plastic surgery field.
Several other important questions to answer when considering plastic or reconstructive surgical procedures, such as rhinoplasty or liposuction in Atlanta (http://www.tomlintnermd.com/html/body.html), is where the surgeon operates and who provides the anesthesia for their procedures. Dr. Lintner says the answers to these two questions are more subjective, as they rely on each patient's own comfort level. When considering these two factors, Dr. Lintner stresses the need for research to ensure the surgeon's own preferences are ultimately in line with the individual's comfort, as well as their age, medical history, and how the procedure will be performed.
Whether performing a face lift or breast augmentation in Atlanta (http://www.tomlintnermd.com/html/breast.html), Dr. Lintner says safety should be any surgeon's first priority. However, to ensure the best interests of all patients are addressed, he adds that beginning the consultation process by verifying the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, then answering several key questions, can enhance the patient-doctor relationship and lead to a more successful plastic surgery procedure.
About Dr. Lintner
Dr. Thomas Lintner received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine, where he also completed his general and plastic surgery residencies. He has written numerous articles and given a number of presentations concerning the plastic surgery field, and has been published in national journals of medicine and surgery. Dr. Lintner is certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Medical Association of Georgia, among many other prestigious organizations.
Dr. Lintner has two Advanced Aesthetic Surgery office locations in the Northern Metro area of Atlanta: 711 Canton Rd. Suite 400 in Marietta, GA 30060; and 120 N. Medical Parkway Suite 200 in Woodstock, GA 30189; both can be reached at (770) 771-5151 and http://www.tomlintnermd.com/index.html
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