How to Survive the Holidays (and Still Look Good)

What do Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s have in common? They’re all holidays, they’re all about spending time with loved ones, and they usually involve loss of sleep + overeating. So how can you fully enjoy the holidays without dragging for weeks afterwards? Follow our healthy holidays survival guide.

How to Survive the Holidays (and Feel Great)

  • smiling coupleMoisturize. We’ve had a long, warm autumn, but Old Man Winter has finally gotten ahold of East Tennessee. Keep your skin looking and feeling good by applying moisturizer twice a day. And remember: stepping into a warm house may feel like a hug from home, but it dries out your skin. Help your skin stay supple and smooth by moisturizing when you get home at the end of the day.
  • Get moving. There’s still time to sign up for the Turkey Trot (and you can even walk it!). Prefer to get an early start on cooking? Take a breather (and spend time with loved ones) with a family stroll around the neighborhood. Just make sure someone stays home in case the potatoes boil over (football fans are great for this job!).
  • Indulge (but not too much). There’s nothing wrong with enjoying juicy turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, and crisp apple pie—in moderation. Indulge in your favorite treats this Thanksgiving, but eat slowly to prevent overeating. You won’t only look better in the morning, you’ll feel better, too.
  • Feel the love. It’s a scientifically proven fact: hugs are good for the soul. So go ahead and hug your kids, snuggle up on the couch with your spouse, and cuddle your new grandbaby. God blessed you with an amazing family (and He’ll keep on blessing you).

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Dr. Brantner’s office!

4 Ways to Refresh Your Appearance for the Holidays

Nobody wants to look back on holiday pictures and think, “Wow, I should have deleted that one.” The good news is that with a little planning, you can smile without reservation when someone tags you in a holiday Facebook pics. How can you guarantee you look great for the holidays?

4 Ways to Look Good for the Holidays

  1. woman christmasTake care of your skin. You might feel haggard after staying up until early morning prepping holiday potatoes (and we don’t recommend that you add it to your beauty routine), but implementing a good skin care routine will help you look fresh even when you’re not. Start by washing your face, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen daily, then find a skin care routine that works for you.
  2. Take care of yourself. We know you have three million items on your holiday to-do list. But don’t forget to eat regular, healthy meals, exercise a few times a week, and get some sleep. You’ll be amazed what an extra hour of sleep and 20 minutes of exercise can do for you, both physically and mentally.
  3. Freshen up. Want a quick facial refresh before the holidays? Injectables, fillers, and chemical peels can smooth, tighten, and refresh the skin without the downtime of a major procedure. You’ll be back on your feet in five minutes. Recovery from side effects like redness, bruising, or swelling only takes a few days.
  4. Plan that procedure. If you’re not making a big deal out of the holidays this season (or if your spouse is willing to pitch in with the cooking and cleaning), you can use the extra vacation time to schedule the surgery on your wish list. Speak frankly with your surgeon about how much time you have for recovery, and be realistic when choosing your date. Even if you’re back on your feet for Christmas, you may have residual scarring or swelling. If you want to snap next year’s Christmas card photo on Christmas Eve, you may want to wait until the New Year for your procedure.

Wish you could refresh your appearance for the holidays? Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to book a consultation today.

Leave the Aging to the Wine

Like a good wine or cheese, you only get better with age. Unlike wine and cheese, you don’t have to show your age if you don’t want to! Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is hosting our first Wine & Cheese Party on December 2nd. For the night of the party, we will offer discounted rates on non-surgical facial rejuvenation like Botox, Juvaderm, and liquid nitrogen.

Wine & Cheese Party

botox eventWant to freshen up for the holidays? Reserve your place at the Wine & Cheese Party. There you can mingle, learn about injectables and fillers, and get discounted rates on some of our most popular non-surgical procedures. Space is limited, so call to reserve your ticket today. The event will be at our Johnson City office on Friday, December 2nd at 7pm.

What You Need to Know about Botox Parties

This isn’t your typical Botox party. Botox parties are a risk to patients, putting needles in the hands of inexperienced and under-qualified people. Getting Botox by an uncertified physician or technician can lead to serious complications. All procedures, no matter how minor, should be preformed by an experienced physician in a sterile environment.

Our Wine & Cheese Party allows patients to socialize, talk to our team, and get the same great discounts that make Botox parties so popular—all without putting the patient’s health or results at risk. Enjoy good wine, great food, and face time with certified medical professionals who can answer any question you may have about both surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

If you want smoother features and a youthful glow in your family pictures this Christmas, don’t miss this exclusive event. For more information about our Wine & Cheese Party, call Dr. Brantner’s office.

November Spotlight: The Mini Facelift

We understand that every patient’s journey is unique. Some patients want major smoothing and facial recontouring, while others prefer the subtlety of non-surgical options. Other patients fall somewhere in the middle. We also understand that cosmetic procedures can put a strain on the wallet. That’s why we’ve started our monthly specials program, offering discounts on popular procedures throughout the year.

Our November Special offers patients 15% off S-Lift procedures. Which leaves the questions: “What is an S-Lift?” and “Is it right for me?”

What Is an S-Lift?

smooth-skin middle aged womanAn S-Lift is, essentially, a “mini facelift.” It targets the lower face, lifting the cheeks and jowls for a more youthful appearance. It gets its name from the small, S-shaped incisions the surgeon places in front of the ear. The mini facelift is a popular choice for patients who want more youthful features, but aren’t ready for a full facelift. S-Lifts have shorter recovery times than the traditional facelift. They also cost less out-of-pocket. Because the S-Lift is less invasive than a full facelift and requires no general anesthesia, Dr. Brantner can perform the procedure in his office.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

To determine if an S-Lift is right for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I dissatisfied with my appearance?
  • Do I have wrinkles or sagging skin on my cheeks or jaw?
  • Am I in relatively good health?
  • Can I take 3-5 days off work for recovery?

If you answered yes to these questions, take advantage of our S-Lift savings this November. Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule an S-Lift consultation with Dr. Brantner.