Injectables: Fact VS Fiction

Jim Brantner, MD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Johnson City, TN has added three new injectables to the services we offer: the FDA-approved Juvederm products vobella, voluma, and vollure! To celebrate, let’s clear up some of the misconceptions about injectablessyringe

Myth: injections look fake.

There’s a common misconception that these products will make patients look like they’ve “had work done,” but here’s the truth: only bad or excessive treatments will look that way. Well-done treatments from a qualified, professional provider like Dr. Brantner will rejuvenate your appearance, not make you look like a different person.

Myth: what works for someone else will work for you.

While results typically last a specific duration, there’s no guaranteed amount of time that each injectable product will continue to be effective. Each face is different, after all! Pay attention to your treatment areas and speak with your provider to discuss the timeline of when you should consider refreshing your treatments.

Myth: cheaper is better.

Just like in everything, you get what you pay for. Do you really want to trust your appearance and health to discount providers who may not even be using the FDA-approved injectables?

And now, a fact for you: these products are safe. Each one has been approved by the FDA, which is not something you can say about the vitamins and teas you’ll find at a health food store. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call the offices of Jim Brantner, MD for quality, professional, Board Certified cosmetic surgery and outpatient services.

Everything You Want to Know about Tummy Tucks

senior woman doing crunchesWe want to make it easier for you to get the body of your dreams. That’s why we’re offering 15% off tummy tucks in September.

A tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, repairs damaged muscles, and smooths the stomach. We’ve written before about how to tell if a tummy tuck is right for you. Now we’re answering your most common questions about the procedure.

How Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Different Than a Full Tummy Tuck?

A mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower belly between the pubic bone and belly button. A full tummy tuck smooths and shapes the abdomen from the pubic bone to the bottom of the chest. Because a mini tummy tuck is less extensive, patients heal faster than they would after a full tummy tuck. Talk to Dr. Brantner about which type of abdominoplasty is right for you.

Will My Belly Button Change?

Your belly button may look different for awhile during the healing process, but it’s the same belly button you’ve always had. The incision for a tummy tuck will heal, leaving a natural looking stomach and belly button.

How Long Do I Have to Wait Before Eating?

Depending on individual reactions to anesthesia and pain medications, most patients can resume eating the day after their procedure. Start off with gentle “sick day” foods like broth and toast. Diets that are high in protein and healthy fats will help in the healing process. It’s not unusual for patients to find that they eat less after a tummy tuck than they did before the procedure.

Can I Get a Tummy Tuck If I’m Planning to Get Pregnant?

A tummy tuck addresses many issues that may arise from pregnancy, including loose or sagging skin, torn or separated abdominal muscles, and stubborn fat deposits. It’s usually best to wait until after childbearing to have an abdominoplasty. If you’ve had a tummy tuck and become pregnant, the procedure won’t affect your pregnancy, but you may want a revisional abdominoplasty after childbirth.

Do you want to learn more about abdominoplasties? Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule your consultation today.