One look outside the window reveals a splendor we can relish every day. The folks in Johnson City are blessed to live surrounded by majestic mountains, bright and sturdy trees, and clear blue skies. But our riches aren’t just outside our door; they’re inside our hearts. The Lord has blessed us with people to love, who love us in return. We’re so grateful for the reminder each year that there are people who will gladly travel half the country to share a meal. But there are also people who need us to step across the street and invite them in for the holidays.
This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the amazing people God has placed in our lives. We’re eager to share our blessings with the people around us, spreading his love and light through the world. Thank you for spreading his love to us, whether with a kind word when you come for an appointment or a sweet gift for the holidays. We’re so grateful to have patients who care about us as much as we care about them.
Happy Holidays from Dr. Brantner and the entire staff at Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
A healthy skincare routine can make all the difference, whether you’re prepping your skin for a facelift or keeping it smooth and youthful after a derma peel. The long autumn has given the South a reprieve on dry, red skin, but cold weather is on its way. Protect your skin during the winter with these doctor-recommended skin care tips.
How to Protect Your Skin in Winter
- Avoid excessive heat. Small luxuries like a hot shower or bubble bath can leach moisture from the skin. Extreme heat can cause the surface lipid barriers in the skin to break down, drying out the skin. Take warm showers instead of hot showers. It’s also a good idea to refrain from blasting the heat your home or car. Going from the chilly outdoors to a heated interior will shock the skin, causing the same dryness as hot showers.
- Invest in a humidifier. You may first notice the dry air because of a sore throat, but it wreaks havoc on your skin, too. Fill a humidifier and keep it running while you’re home. This introduces moisture into the air and keeps your skin from drying out. Change the water periodically to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
- Apply moisturizer. Moisturizer should already be part of your morning routine, but it’s twice as important to hydrate your skin in winter. Find a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer and apply it after your morning shower and before you go to bed. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands, elbows, and any dry patches as well.
- Stop smoking. Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs. Medical studies show that smoking leads to dry skin and increased signs of aging. Keep your skin healthy and glowing by kicking the nicotine habit.
- Lather up. Most people don’t use sunscreen in the winter, but the sun’s UV rays can do just as much damage when it’s cold outside. Use an SPF of at least 15 on your face and lips to protect your skin during the cooler months. If you don’t want an extra step in your morning routine, find a foundation and lip balm with built-in sunscreen.
Want to be the best you you can be? Contact Dr. Brantner for more information on skin care, non-surgical facial rejuvenation, and facelifts.
Healthy Winter Skin Image Source
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the bend, many men and women are focused on creating the perfect holiday experience. Food, friends, and fun holiday decor are just the tip of the iceberg, and they won’t quit until they have a party fit to grace the likes of Southern Living. But many also have that niggling voice in the back of their head, “What about family pictures?”
Fortunately for the camera shy, there’s an easier solution than “schedule an emergency facelift.” Non-surgical procedures require little to no recovery time, making them ideal for last minute facial rejuvenation before the holidays. The effects of Botox and derma fillers are temporary, lasting a few months to a year, so patients don’t need to worry about committing to a major procedure before they’re ready. If you’re looking to smooth wrinkles, rejuvenate the skin, and restore a youthful glow for the holidays, one of our non-surgical procedures may be right for you.
Injectible fillers fill creases, wrinkles, and depressions in the skin. Juvederm treats folds around the nose and mouth, smoothing the skin for up to one year. Fat injection treatments use fat from the stomach to smooth wrinkles and creases. Unlike other fillers, fat injections are often permanent. Patients rarely experience complications, since the fat is harvested from the patient’s own tissue. Botox targets the facial muscles, tautening them at a subdermal level to smooth the overall appearance of the face. Botox improves the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines around the eyes and forehead. The results typically last three to four months, but after several treatments, many patients see more lasting results.
Chemical peels rejuvenate the skin, restoring a healthy, youthful glow. Although chemical peels don’t target wrinkles the way injectible fillers do, TCA Peels and Glycolic Acid treatments may minimize the appearance of fine lines.
Want to learn more about what a non-surgical procedure can do for you? Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner.
Deciding to have facial rejuvenation opens a long list of possible procedures. Depending on your age, health, desired look, and financial situation, you can choose a variety of non-surgical, surgical, and minor facial rejuvenation procedures. Before booking a surgical consultation with Dr. Brantner, read our blogs on popular cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation.
Facelifts, From Start to Finish
4 Signs You’re Ready for a Facelift: How do you know if a facelift is right for you? Read this blog to determine if you’re ready to move beyond smoothing creams, collagens, and injectible fillers.
Facial Contouring for Men: Women aren’t the only ones who can achieve smoother features through facial rejuvenation procedures. Learn about rhinoplasties, facelifts, and in-office facelifts for men.
Fast-Recovery Facelift: Are you ready for facial recontouring, but only want smoother skin in one or two problem areas? Minimize your recovery with Dr. Brantner’s minor, in-office facelift procedure.
Skin Care After a Facelift: Establishing good skin care habits slows visible aging, reducing the development of wrinkles and sustaining elasticity in the skin. Post-op skin care not only helps scars heal faster, it also makes facelifts and minor procedures more effective.
Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Procedures
Some patients prefer non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures to going under the knife. Others work up to their desired procedure by trying chemical peels or Botox injections first. To learn more about non-surgical facial rejuvenation, talk to a member of our staff.
Do you want smoother, younger looking skin? Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation with Dr. Brantner.
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