4 Signs You’re Ready for a Facelift

pre-op faceliftWhen you reach a certain age, it seems like everyone is whispering about facial rejuvenation. Celebrities are no strangers to facelifts (good and bad), but neither are friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow churchgoers. If you’re trying to decide whether to schedule cosmetic surgery, consider these 4 signs you’re ready for a facelift.

  1. You’re unhappy with your appearance. Cosmetic surgery isn’t about vanity or achieving eternal youth. Plastic surgery is about feeling confident in your own skin. If you find yourself avoiding mirrors, photographs, or large events because you’re dissatisfied with your appearance, it may be time to make some changes. For many men and women, a facelift is just the confidence boost they need to start living again.
  2. Creams, collagen injections, and chemical peels have lost their appeal. When patients start smoothing the appearance of lines and creases on the face, they often begin with smaller procedures. If Botox, injectable fillers, and chemical peels are ineffective at reducing signs of aging, you may consider a more permanent facial rejuvenation procedure.
  3. You have deep lines and wrinkles. Regardless of age and plastic surgery history, some lines and creases are too deep to remove with non-surgical procedures. If you’re unhappy with the wrinkles and lines on your face, call Dr. Brantner’s office for more information about facial rejuvenation surgery.
  4. Your skin is beginning to sag. Many men and women decide to get full facelifts when the skin on their eyelids, cheeks, and jowls begin to sag. Patients who undergo face- or neck lifts before their skin loses too much elasticity will usually get better, longer lasting results.

If you’re considering a cosmetic facelift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner. He’ll inform you about the benefits of full facelifts, mini in-office facelifts, and smaller procedures like eye lifts. He will then help you determine which procedures is best to achieve your ideal appearance.

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Elements of a Facelift

preparing for facelift surgeryMost patients know that when they decide to rejuvenate their features, a facelift will help achieve a more youthful look. Facelifts smooth wrinkles, minimize creases, and lift sagging skin, returning a patient’s features to a more youthful appearance. But what many people don’t know is that the term “facelift” includes several smaller procedures. Each of these procedures can be undertaken solitarily, combined with body rejuvenation procedures, or used as part of a whole facial rejuvenation surgery.

Brow Lift

A brow lift is the surgical equivalent of a Botox injection. Instead of injecting a temporary, localized treatment into the muscle between the brows, a brow lift permanently lifts the skin on the forehead, minimizing wrinkles between the eyebrows and on the forehead. By restoring the eyebrows to their natural position on the forehead, Dr. Brantner can give his patients a more youthful and alert appearance.

Eyelid Surgery

As men and women age, they often find their eyelids drooping with time. This may lead to:

  • Bags under the eyes
  • Skin forming into creases and wrinkles under the eyes
  • Drooping skin on the lower eyelids that often reveals the whites of the eyes
  • Puffy, fatty deposits in the eyelids
  • Loose skin and wrinkles on the upper eyelid
  • Sagging skin above the eyelid that may impair vision

In the case of impaired vision, eyelid surgery is covered by some medical insurance companies. Eyelid surgery can reduce wrinkles, creases, puffiness, and sagging skin around the eyes. With lower eyelid rejuvenation, the mid-face is lifted. This improves cheek prominence, makes the lower lids look more youthful, and smooths the crease beside the upper lip.


One of the few cosmetic procedures as popular with men as it is with women, necklift surgery smooths and lifts sagging skin around the neck and jawline. It can also reduce the appearance of muscle banding in the neck, remove excess fat under the chin, and reduce or eliminate jowls. Necklift surgery is often performed with a full facelift procedure, but is also commonly chosen by patients whose upper facial features are still smooth and youthful.

Dr. Brantner can perform a variety of small procedures to restore youthfulness to the face. To schedule a facelift consultation, a full facelift, or an in-office facelift procedure, call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Johnson City, TN.

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What to Expect from a Visit to Dr. Brantner

Dr. Brantner’s office may be in a new location with a new phone number, but he has the same skilled staff and family-friendly atmosphere as always. Here’s what to expect when you arrive for a consultation with Dr. Brantner.

Where Are We Located?

Cosmetic Surgery Office, Johnson CityEarlier this summer, we moved a few miles down the road into a bigger office. If you’re coming from our old office on MedTech Parkway, you can find us by turning right onto Knob Creek and then turning right onto Sunset. Our new address is 1303 Sunset Drive Suite 5. Dr. Brantner sees patients in his office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-4pm.

If you’re having trouble finding our new office, give us a call at (423) 328-9000.

Checking In

When you arrive at Dr. Brantner’s office, you’ll be greeted at the front reception desk. You’re welcome to fill out your paperwork beforehand and bring it to your appointment, or you can fill out the forms while you wait for your appointment. Dr. Brantner and his staff work hard to stay on schedule so each patient can be seen on time. Please have your paperwork, ID, and any additional information ready before you arrive, or arrive 15-20 minutes early to complete the intake process.

Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

Before performing any procedure, Dr. Brantner will meet with you to determine the best treatment available and discuss your individual needs. The nurse will take you from the waiting room to an exam room, where she will confirm your medical history. Dr. Brantner will then arrive for the evaluation. You should feel comfortable asking Dr. Brantner any questions you may have about the procedure, the recovery, and the look you want to achieve.

After Visiting Our Office

If you and Dr. Brantner have decided a procedure is in your best interest, you will be directed to our surgery coordinator. She will schedule your procedure, discuss cost and insurance, and discuss any pre-surgical testing that needs to be done. Many of Dr. Brantner’s minor procedures are performed in-office. If the surgery is schedule for ETASC or another surgical facility, you will make an appointment to sign consent forms, receive pre-surgical instructions, and schedule any lab work or pre-admission testing.

If you have any questions about your visit to Jim N Brantner MD: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, please call our office.

Medical Myths about Breast Implants

Last week we discussed myths about breast implants, focusing on aesthetics and recovery after the procedure. Although many patients worry that their breast implants will be too obvious, just as many are worried about the medical ramifications of breast augmentation surgery. This week we will address the top 5 medical myths about breast implants.

Silicone Implants Aren’t Safe

The medical industry has invested decades into researching the safety of silicone gel breast implants. The FDA has approved silicone breast implants in augmentations for women aged 22 and older, and in reconstructive procedures for women of all ages.
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Breast Implants Increase the Risk of Cancer

Medical research has found no link between breast implants and the development of breast cancer or any autoimmune disease. All women should do regular self-exams for lumps and changes in breast tissue. A woman who has had a breast augmentation should notify her radiologist before her scheduled mammogram.

Women with Breast Implants Should Fear Infection

Any implantable medical device, from pacemakers to breast implants, may get infected. This most frequently occurs 6 months to a year after the implantation. Always notify health care professionals about past breast augmentation surgery. Consult Dr. Brantner several days before any scheduled invasive procedure or dental work. He will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent the unlikely spreading of bacteria.

Mothers with Breast Implants Can’t Nurse

There is no research to suggest that breast implants prevent mothers from nursing. Many mothers with breast implants have no trouble nursing, just as many mothers without implants face difficulties. If you’re worried about nursing with breast implants, discuss your concerns with Dr. Brantner during your surgical consultation.

Breast Implants Need Frequent Replacing

Women with breast implants, particularly women with silicone implants, should see their physicians yearly to make sure there has been no damage to the implant. Manufacturers recommend replacing silicone breast implants every 10 years, but if the implant and surrounding breast tissue are in good condition, there is no reason to undergo another surgery. Some implants may last 25 years or longer.

If you have questions or concerns about breast augmentation surgery, call Dr. Brantner’s office.

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