General in Nashville, Tennessee (TN)

Having plastic surgery is a personal choice that can have a great positive impact on you aesthetically and emotionally. There is a wide variety of surgical procedures available to help you achieve your desired look, especially concerning breast enhancement. Understanding the general steps of plastic surgery can help in your decision making process.

The general steps of having plastic surgery

Plastic surgery is a large medical specialty and procedures vary significantly, but they usually follow these general steps:
  • Research—it’s important to research surgeons and procedures so you can be well informed in your decisions. It’s recommended that you seek a highly experienced, board-certified surgeon that you are comfortable with.
  • Consultation—you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your surgery goals and the best options to achieve them. Here you can learn more about how your surgery will be performed, and what kind of results and recovery to expect.
  • Anesthesia—you will be given anesthesia on the day of your surgery to ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort. Your doctor will choose the best anesthesia option for you.
  • Surgery—for breast enhancement, you can expect small incisions to be made near your breasts. Breast augmentation involves the placement of implants behind your breast tissue. A breast lift or reduction involves removing skin and breast tissue in targeted areas. Your incisions will be stitched closed at the end.
  • Recovery—the length and difficulty of your recovery will vary, but you can expect some pain, swelling, and down-time. You will usually have to avoid strenuous activity until you are healed.
  • Follow-up—you will usually meet with your surgeon at least once after surgery to gauge how you are healing and address any other issues. Multiple follow-ups are not uncommon.


Your costs depend on many factors including your area, surgeon, and health insurance coverage. Some plastic surgery, especially reconstructive surgery, may be covered by your health insurance plan. Elective cosmetic surgery is not generally covered. You can discuss costs with your surgeon and health insurance provider for detailed information.

About Alton E. Ingram, MD

Dr. Alton E. Ingram is double board certified in Cosmetic Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He has been practicing in Nashville since 2017 and joined the Toyos Clinic in January, 2021.

Dr. Ingram is a graduate of Yale University, where he received a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, summa cum laude, as well as completing a premedical curriculum. While at Yale, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a National Merit Scholar. Dr. Ingram began his medical career at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was a Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholar throughout medical school. He was one of three students in the country who “matched” straight into Plastic Surgery directly out of medical school that year. In 1995, he completed his Plastic Surgery residency at UT Southwestern, currently the number one ranked program in the United States.

Dr. Ingram continued his studies at the Rio de Janeiro clinic of Ivo Pitanguy, the father of modern cosmetic surgery and inventor of the Brazilian Butt Lift prior to studying reconstructive surgery at the University of Paris, Henri Mondor Hospital in France, where he worked under Laurent Lantieri, the surgeon who performed the world’s complete facial transplant. He then moved to Nashville to complete a fellowship in cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction under Patrick Maxwell at Baptist Hospital, completed a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and attained board certification in Plastic Surgery in 1999.

Dr. Ingram’s love for cosmetic surgery was shaped by his broad experience early in his career. He developed an appreciation for the importance not only of restoring normal form and function through reconstructive procedures, but also of enhancing every person’s innate beauty through cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Ingram is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and administers the Oral Board Exams every year. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, a member of the AACS’s Advocacy Committee, the Chairman of the ABCS’s Access to Safe Cosmetic Surgery Advocacy Committee, and a member of the ABCS’s Cosmetic Surgery Safety Initiative Committee. He is also a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA).

Dr. Ingram limits his surgical practice, focusing only on cosmetic and plastic surgery of the face and body – facial plastic surgery, surgery of the breast (breast implant, breast lift, and breast reduction), and body contouring (liposuction, abdominoplasty, and Brazilian Butt Lift). Having trained with some of the world’s best surgeons, Dr. Ingram’s philosophy is to perform only those procedures which he knows he can perform as well as anyone in the world, as well as those which have the highest patient satisfaction and the lowest complication rates. As such, Dr. Ingram does not perform every cosmetic procedure and does not perform injections or provide skin care or other ancillary services. Other people are better at these procedures, and referrals to excellent practitioners are available.

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