Hi, this is Dr. Jonathan D. Hall speaking to you from my office in Stoneham, located on the north shore of the Boston area. I went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, and trained in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I have been in private practice for more than 25 years in the Boston area, and wanted to share some of my information with you about breast implants.
The truth is that performing a breast augmentation is a lot more complicated than I first understood when I was in my residency. Technologies and techniques continue to improve. I have put together a series of talks about my current approach to breast augmentation that may be helpful to women and their significant others who are seeking breast augmentation. Let’s call it Breast Implant University.
Now, this is my personal approach at this time. I continue to evolve and change as I learn more- I have a plaque on my desk at home that quotes Michelangelo when he was 87 saying “I’m still learning”. One of my mentors, Reed Dingman at the University of Michigan was world famous, but would tell us that if we were still doing something the way that he taught us in 25 years, then he would be very disappointed.
I’d like to say that different approaches that might be used by other doctors are not necessarily wrong, just different. Some parts of the country have a very different idea of what looks “normal.” My patients in Boston are professional women who want a natural look. I like to say that plastic surgeons are supposed to correct deformities, not create deformities. So I want my patients to look natural after any surgery.
Breast augmentation is all about understanding the tradeoffs and making good decisions for you. The first tradeoff is that breast implants don’t last forever, and that you undergo a breast augmentation with the knowledge that you will need another operation down the road. However, I like to help guide my patients to decisions and techniques that may decrease the need for another operation as much as possible. So let’s get started: