At Marietta Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation is a popular procedure. They serve patients all across the metro Atlanta area who want to increase their confidence and enhance their appearance with Marietta breast implants. As providers of IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants®, they strive to offer the latest in implant technology and educate their patients about their options. In a recent interview, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael McNeel discusses their approach to breast augmentation surgery and how they strive to provide a positive plastic surgery experience.
Tell us about yourself and Marietta Plastic Surgery.
“I’ve been in practice for 23 years. [Marietta Plastic Surgery] has been here for about 30 years, and we really have an amazing staff. We get compliments on our staff all the time. We have some members of our staff who’ve been with us for over 20 years. I think that shows that we’re doing something right for our patients and for our staff here.
“And then the other thing that I think is really neat about our practice is that we do have two operating rooms that are associated with one of our offices. So it’s really awesome to be able to offer surgery in our own private setting. We do the same procedures over and over, and we really can develop a specialty center for that as opposed to going somewhere else that does a multispecialty surgery in their center.
“We feel that we have a lot of great things to offer to patients. It really starts with the fact that we like to educate our patients. That’s our goal when somebody comes in for a consultation, is to sit down and explain the options to them in a very detailed and comprehensive way, so they have a good understanding of the pros and the cons of whatever procedure or device or technology that they’re interested in.”
What can patients expect during the Marietta breast implants consultation process?
“We have a busy breast enlargement augmentation practice amongst us and I think we have a nice consultation process to help inform the patient of what their options are. Obviously people call us and they’re interested in implants. They don’t always fully understand if they’re interested in the unstructured saline implant, an IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, or a silicone gel implant. So it gives us the opportunity to talk about what choices are available to them, and what the pros and cons are. Obviously everybody has a different bias based on those pros and cons, and so it gives us the opportunity to go through those for them.”
As you present information to your patients about all three types of Marietta breast implants, what is their response?
“Some women are uncomfortable with using silicone gel and they would prefer a saline-filled implant. And when they’re shown the difference of the IDEAL IMPLANT versus the old fashioned, unstructured saline implant, they like the feel and they like the responsiveness of the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant better. So that’s been something that’s helped them change their opinion on saline-filled implants and how they can be more similar to gel implants. Women who are interested in silicone implants, usually they’re not interested in saline implants, no matter how good or how natural they are and feel. And we don’t try to change their mind. We just always present them the pros and the cons of each choice to them and make sure that they understand what the long-term sequelae are whether it’s a saline, a silicone, or an IDEAL IMPLANT.”
An eight-year study concluded that IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants have a significantly lower rate of capsular contracture and implant rupture when compared to other brands of silicone gel implants. Are women concerned about the possibility of these postoperative complications?
“I do not think that capsular contracture is high on the understanding and radar of the average patient that comes in. Of course we talk to them about capsular contracture and you know what the incidence of that is, what it looks like and feels like if it happens to them. But I don’t get a lot of questions about that and really trying to discern the differences between the different implants. Of course, over the years, we’ve had textured implants which have been shown to have a lower capsular contracture rate, and, in this day and age, we’re using less of those. So I think that you make clinical decisions sometimes based on a lot of data, and capsular contracture isn’t one of the ones that’s most important to the average patient.”
Are your patients happy with their results using the IDEAL IMPLANT?
“I get to ask [my patients] all the time, ‘What’s your satisfaction level?’ And across the board, it’s been very high. And my satisfaction level has been very high as well. As with any new implant, early on there were a few deflations and things that are to be expected as the implant is being improved upon itself. But really, the implants that we’ve been putting in, this last generation of improvements, have been very sound and have performed very well.”
Why have you chosen to offer IDEAL IMPLANTS to your patients?
“I think a physician’s willingness to try different implants is really very dependent on them. There’s a lot of my colleagues who feel like they get excellent results with what they already do and they’re not interested in reinventing the wheel at whatever stage of their practice they’re in. And I don’t blame them for that. And I say, ‘Okay, if you do something well and you feel like you have good results, then stay with that.’ For other physicians who are trying to make sure that they’re offering the latest technologies and the latest opportunities to patients and want to give them more comprehensive options, then I think the IDEAL IMPLANT is something that should be considered. I think we all have a few patients who come in and ask for saline because of safety. And so it’s nice to take that opportunity to then instruct them on different types of saline implants. We certainly have several different types of gel implants, so it makes sense that we have different types of saline implants to offer as well.”
Are you considering Marietta breast implants in the Atlanta area? Contact Dr. Michael McNeel today to discuss your options. Simply call 770-425-0118, or visit the Marietta Plastic Surgery website. Dr. McNeel’s office is located at 823 Campbell Hill Street, Marietta, GA, 30060. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants.