Dr. Elizabeth Kerner is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Plano, Texas, who has been in practice for 34 years and is one of the only female plastic surgeons in the area. Having been in practice for so long, she has established multi-generational relationships with her community, having cared for her patients, their children, and, sometimes, even their grandchildren. This speaks to both her skill as a surgeon and her ability to understand her patient’s concerns and provide them with the results they desire. This was reflected in her statement that “What I really love to do is operate, but the relationships have been amazing over the years.”
We sat down with Dr. Kerner to find out more about her, her practice, and why she offers her patients the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant.
Breast Augmentation with Dr. Kerner
“At our practice we have always focused on patient education. When women come in, we hit them with a lot of information. We first discuss why they want to have a breast enlargement. We talk in detail about implant size, placement, the incisions, and everything they can expect from their surgery. I also explain the pros and cons of the different types of implants. When they come back for their second discussion, we go over risks and complications.”
A Closer Look at Breast Implant Types
“Most women come in convinced they’re going to choose silicone gel implants to get natural looking breasts. I still say, if you’ll just give me the grace to, let me just show you all of the implants and tell you the information about them and let you actually touch them. See what the silicone gel implant feels like inside and then I’ll tell you what my experience has been. I do a lot of implant removal. I do a lot of complex revisionary surgery and I’ve seen the worst silicone gel ruptures. I’ve had people with silicone gel oozing out of their skin from ruptures.
“Some of the older silicone gel implants can create a mess. They all rupture and women come in constantly saying, ‘I know my implants are ruptured, but the radiologist told me not to worry about it.’ I tell them that’s not the case. I think silent rupture with the old ones is a huge deal. I don’t think they’re benign. I think ruptures are not healthy and need to be taken care of.
“One of the real benefits of IDEAL IMPLANT is that if it ruptures, you have an early warning device. You can see it from outside the breast and it’s easy to tell if there’s a rupture, and taking the old one out and replacing it with a new one is just not a big deal. And to my mind, I don’t know why anyone would choose a silicone gel implant, quite frankly, just because of silent rupture and the fact that IDEAL IMPLANTS are safe.”
Why More Patients are Choosing IDEAL IMPLANT
“In terms of a natural look and feel, I think it equates with silicone gel implants. An IDEAL IMPLANT feels like a soft touch implant and gives patients natural looking breasts. I think the cohesive implants are noticeably firmer. IDEAL IMPLANTS are a wonderful option for patients, because it’s just a good choice to not have to put silicone gel in your body.
“Most patients want the peace of mind the IDEAL IMPLANT offers. They do their risk benefit analysis and they look at safety. The warranty of course is fabulous, and no other breast implant has one like it. Not only are the IDEAL IMPLANTS going to feel and look natural, you also get the peace of mind of knowing that you have a saline-filled implant. You don’t ever have to worry about silent rupture.
“Sometimes younger patients who want natural looking breasts tend to lean more towards the IDEAL IMPLANT because of the financial outlay. If you choose silicone gel implants and you wait to take them out until they’ve ruptured, it’s a bigger operation and it’s going to cost more money. Financial considerations play a role and I think the choice to use IDEAL IMPLANT is just practical. I think it just adds up as a better implant.”
Why Patients Choose Dr. Kerner
“I have a small practice with a great staff. My office manager has been with me for 30 years. I have two nurses who are both very good. Our front office person helps us stay efficient. We answer our phone, which I think sets us apart. You always get a human, unless we’re on the phone, and we try to call back within an hour, or certainly that same day.
“My goal at the office is that nobody spends more than five minutes in the waiting room because their time is important. Being a woman, I share the same perspective as my female patients. I think women feel less vulnerable with another woman. I never talk anyone into anything. If you come in wanting natural looking breasts and you’re undecided, I’m going to let you go away until you’re decided.
“We work really hard in our office to make patients feel like this is a trusted place, a compassionate place. We provide a warm, family atmosphere. I have patients that still come back to see me since I started in 1987.”
Final Thoughts on IDEAL IMPLANT
“I am very glad that I’ve been offering IDEAL IMPLANT ever since it was first available. I think it is a big advantage to women to have this non-silicone gel option because of its safety and the fact that it has a natural feel. It has been a very valuable addition in my practice armamentarium and I know that my patients have been very satisfied with their choice of IDEAL IMPLANT.”
Choose IDEAL IMPLANT for Natural Looking Breasts
Considering breast implants in Dallas? Contact Dr. Elizabeth Kerner today to discuss your options. Simply call 972-981-7144 or visit drkerner.com. Dr. Kerner’s office is located at 6130 West Parker Road, Suite 110, Plano, TX, 75093. Call today for more information on IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants.