How To Get The Best Results From Fake Eyelashes

How To Get The Best Results From Fake Eyelashes

Whether you are a professional or a first-time user, applying fake eyelashes needs some practice to get it just right. If the application is not perfect, it can look too obvious or over the top for most people’s taste. Makeup artists from all across Hollywood have worked hard to perfect this look and have made it into their signature style of application. They have learned the tricks to apply fake eyelashes correctly.

The most common mistake people tend to make is applying too many individual lashes for a less noticeable effect, or they may end up having gaps in between each lash strip that shows the natural eyelash underneath. Today, we are going to discuss how you can get the best results for your fake eyelashes so you can avoid these common mistakes.

Go Get Those Lashes!

First things first, let’s go and get a good set of strips or clusters for your eyes. I would recommend that you try getting the individual extensions as they are less tacky than the strip ones. If you have already purchased lash sets with glue and did not like them, then you can apply these glue-less ones instead. Here are some tips for applying fake eyelashes on your own.

Note: Be sure to remove your makeup and clean off with a makeup remover before taking care of your lashes.

  • Apply the adhesive only along the eyeliner, as shown in the video above. This is to avoid a messy-looking application and also making sure that your glue does not seep out of the lash cluster and onto your eyelid, which can look unsightly.
  • Peel off the first lash that you wish to apply from its plastic covering and press down lightly on the fake lashes’ base (the strip of the lash) along your natural lash line. Just like above in the video, only apply the glue on your base and press them against your natural lashes. Do not apply any adhesive near your outer eyelid as you will need to work with it later.
  • Using a clean mascara wand or cotton bud, curl up against each individual lash. This can help you to avoid clumping them together, which may not look as natural and pretty as you would like it to be on your eyes.
  • Now comes the time where you can decide whether to leave the eyelash extensions just as they are or add a bit of mascara for extra volume and length before applying the next lash. Remember to choose a similar color that matches your natural lashes. I would recommend doing it this way for the first set of eyelashes, and then you can go on to apply another different colored mascara if you wish or even use false lashes without adding any mascara at all. Just stick with one style of application as you feel most comfortable working with it, especially if it is your first time.
  • Apply the next lash along your natural lashes, but remember to apply only the glue on its base as you did before (not near your inner-eye corner). Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all of the lashes are applied to both eyes.
  • If you wish for a more dramatic look, you can go on to apply false lashes and keep them for a couple of days or longer without cleaning the glue. This is because it is easier to remove the lashes from your eyes if you have applied some mascara onto them first. To avoid getting the mascara all over your face, nose, and cheek areas before applying your next lash set, remember to close your eyes tightly when you are washing off the mascara with a clean makeup remover.


There you go! You should now be able to apply fake eyelashes like a pro and also avoid ending up looking like a clown. Just remember to choose the right kind of lashes for you, whether it is for an extravagant night out or just to change your look on any other day.

If fake eyelashes don’t work for you, Dr. Jim Brantner MD. can help you with cosmetic surgery. Get in touch with us today!

How Is Plastic Surgery Different Than Other Types Of Surgery?

How Is Plastic Surgery Different Than Other Types Of Surgery?

Surgery is surgery, right? Wrong! There are many different types of surgeries, and each one has its own unique set of risks. Plastic surgery falls into a category all its own–although it may seem like any other type of surgery at first glance. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between plastic surgery and other types of surgeries so that you can decide which is best for your needs.

The first thing to be aware of is that plastic surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, and as such will not have the same risks associated with it. Cosmetic surgeries are often less invasive than other types of surgery–meaning there’s usually less risk for infection or needing more follow-up care. It also means that you may only need one day of recovery time as opposed to weeks or months.

Types of Plastic Surgeries

Plastic surgery is also a relatively new field, with the first plastic surgery performed in 1894 by Dr. Thomas Alva Gerson at New York Hospital for Women and Children. There are many different types of cosmetic surgeries that can be completed–each one meeting individual needs according to aesthetics or function.

-Gynecomastia is the removal of excess breast tissue to achieve a more masculine appearance. It may be done on one or both breasts, and usually involves liposuction which removes fat from beneath the areola where it lies against the chest wall. The nipple itself will not be removed during this procedure–although if desired, the nipple can be repositioned.

-Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area which has been stretched by pregnancy or significant weight gain. It may also involve tightening of underlying muscles, removal of loose skin, and liposuction as needed for contouring purposes.

-Brachioplasty is the surgical reduction of excess fat and skin from the upper arms, usually done to restore a more feminine appearance. This surgery may involve liposuction or removal of loose tissue beneath the arm’s muscles (subcutaneous) in order to contour them as desired.

-Breast implants are silicone prosthetic devices that are inserted into the breast to create a fuller, rounder appearance. These implants may be placed alone or with other procedures such as tummy tucks and facelifts in order to eradicate wrinkles from around the eyes and mouth (known as marionette lines).

Facelifts are surgical removal of excess sagging skin on the face in order to tighten the underlying muscles and smooth out wrinkles. This procedure is often done on an outpatient basis, meaning that most patients do not have to stay at a hospital for recovery after surgery.

-Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift is the surgical removal of excess skin from around the eyes in order to create smoother contours as well as to diminish the appearance of lines around and below the eyes.

Rhinoplasty or nose job is a surgical procedure to change the shape, size, or proportion of your nose. This surgery may involve removing excess skin from nasal structures such as tip (columella) and supporting cartilage so that they project more prominently on the face.

-Otoplasty or pinnaplasty is a surgical procedure to correct the protrusion of your ears. This surgery may involve removing excess cartilage and skin from behind the ear so that it sits closer to or even within one’s head, as well as in some cases, repositioning the entire ear.

There are many types of surgeries out there, you need to decide which one works best for your own personal needs and desires.


Each type of surgery serves a different purpose. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your doctor to decide what procedure will work best in order for you to reach the desired result. Your surgeon can help by going over all available options with you so that you feel comfortable enough making this decision on your own.

Dr. Jim Brantner MD has experience in all kinds of cosmetic surgery procedures, so call today to see if he can help you!

Rhinoplasty – get the nose you always wanted

Rhinoplasty – get the nose you always wanted

Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job” is a procedure that realigns or reshapes your nose. Rhinoplasty is a surgical correction that is made to the structures of the nose. Many people opt to have this surgery done for health-related issues or for cosmetic purposes to enhance their appearance.

The procedure can have a positive impact on your health, appearance and self-confidence. Your face is the first thing other people notice about you, and your nose sits in the center of your face to balance out all of your other facial features.

Whatever your reason for the procedure, Johnson City, TN has a premier cosmetic surgery center that will make you feel like family. The Jim Brantner Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery can ensure that you have an enjoyable experience and quality results that will impress.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

There are several cosmetic and health-related benefits to having the rhinoplasty procedure, including:

  • Improve breathing difficulties
  • Repair a birth defect
  • Correction of a deviated septum
  • Repair an injury
  • Reshape nose size
  • Change the appearance of the nasal tip
  • Resize wide or narrow nostrils
  • Balance the nose in comparison to other facial features
  • Remove any visible bumps on the bridge of the nose
  • A more symmetrical nose

Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?

Residents of Johnson City often have questions about Rhinoplasty and if it is right for them. You will want to meet with your surgeon at The Jim Brantner Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Center to discuss your options and any concerns you may have. This meeting will help you to learn more about the procedure and for the surgeon to learn more about you.

Topics of discussion generally cover the following…

Expectations of Rhinoplasty:

Here you will have an opportunity to help your surgeon understand the reason(s) you are considering the procedure. These reasons could be medically driven, or purely cosmetic.

Your surgeon will set expectations and explain whether or not your goals can be achieved. Together you will work to create a picture of the results you would like with the surgeons’ professional touch.

Many people do not like to discuss their physical appearance, especially if they want to make a change. And while this is a perfectly natural instinct, keep an open mind and ask any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the Rhinoplasty surgery. Remember, your surgeon is there to help.

4 Myths of Plastic Surgery

4 Myths of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a broad term used to describe any kind of cosmetic or reconstructive medical procedure performed by a specially trained surgeon. The purpose is to improve the appearance, function, and self-esteem of the patient. It may also be done to restore physical features lost due to injury or disease. In the United States, plastic surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which has a rigorous testing procedure. Most procedures are performed on the face, breast, head, or neck.

In recent years there has been a big increase in non-surgical procedures such as chemical peels to treat acne scarring and Botox injections to stop wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions. Other options include hair transplants, laser skin resurfacing, and breast enhancements.

Because of the growing number of people who want to improve their appearance or help people born with birth defects without going under the knife, there are more myths regarding plastic surgery than ever before. Read on for some commonly believed plastic surgery myths debunked:

1) Plastic surgery procedures are always painful

While it is true that some plastic surgery procedures require the use of anesthesia, many do not. For example, people who want to get rid of their acne scars in order to improve their self-image can have a chemical peel done instead. This procedure uses alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which exfoliates skin to make it smoother and more even in color. It is not painful but gives the same results as surgery. Even Botox injections are completely painless.  The wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions (such as lines on a forehead) can be treated with botulinum toxin type A that paralyzes muscles and makes wrinkles disappear.

2) Plastic surgery is only for the rich

Plastic surgery is not expensive if you choose wisely. There are some procedures that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but there are also procedures available for a low price. The most common mistake people make when thinking about plastic surgery is to give in to pressure and get work done that is unnecessary. It is true that the better the surgeon, the higher the price will be. But an experienced and highly skilled cosmetic surgeon will help you decide what procedure is right for you and only offer recommendations for surgery that will result in a natural-looking outcome.

3) All plastic surgeons are basically alike

This couldn’t be further from the truth. While all plastic surgeons must pass a rigorous examination to become board-certified, there are many different levels of experience. A new surgeon will have far less experience than a doctor who has been in practice for years. Consider going to someone with a proven track record for reconstructive procedures such as breast reconstruction after cancer treatment or for helping women who have a hard time breastfeeding.  Avoid the young doctor just learning the trade for shape-ups and other minor procedures.

4) Plastic surgery is for people who want to look like someone else

It might surprise you to find out that only about 10% of all plastic surgeries performed are what most people would call “cosmetic.” The rest are procedures that help people born with birth defects or recover from trauma. For example, someone who suffered an injury during a car accident and had the use of their hand lost can get a procedure called key-hole surgery to restore movement in their limb. It’s important to know what is possible when considering plastic surgery.


Plastic surgery is a good option if you want to improve your appearance or help someone who was born with physical defects. While it can be tempting to get work done so that you will look just like the celebrity of your choice, avoid this. You will probably end up being very unhappy with the results and will have wasted a lot of money. Instead, it is better to find a doctor who will be honest with you and help you choose the right procedure for your needs.

Dr. Jim Brantner MD has been providing exceptional plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments in Tennessee. Get in touch today to book your consultation.

Types of Materials Used in Breast Implants: Pros and Cons

Types of Materials Used in Breast Implants: Pros and Cons

Breast implants are a popular procedure for women who want more fullness in their chest. They come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: silicone. But not just any silicone; it is either Type 1 or Type 2, which makes a huge difference to the implant’s quality and safety. In this blog post we will discuss different types of materials, what they are made of, and how that can affect your health.

Type One Silicone

This silicone is made of inert ingredients, such as silicon oil and filler material. It’s FDA-approved for use in breast implants because it doesn’t have any toxic or bioactive effects on the body. The downside is that this type of implant can cause capsular contracture, which means your skin tightens around the implants. The cost of silicone implants can be lower than Type Two, but they’re more likely to cause complications. One needs to go over the pros and cons with their doctor before making a decision.

Type Two Silicon

These types of silicone implants are a cheaper option as they are made from silicon and the rates of leakage is lower. Their main quality is that they are a cheaper alternative to type one silicone implants, but they can also emit an odor when heated or rubbed against other materials in your bag which may lead people around you know that you have breast implants


Saline implants are made from sterile saltwater and filler material that can be either silicone or saline-filled gels. They’re also FDA-approved for use in breast augmentation because they don’t contain any toxic materials that are harmful to your body. Saline-filled implants are less common than Type Two, which is a silicone-filled implant. Because of this, they’re sometimes thought to be safer and with fewer risks for adverse outcomes in the long run because there’s no risk of exposure to toxic silicones that could cause allergic reactions over time.

However, these types also still have complications like hematomas or blood clots due to surgical hazards such as bleeding – plus, their sensations are too gooey and mushy when compared against silicone fillers making them seem ‘less real’.

What Are The Pros And Cons?

The pros of each implant will depend on what you want out of an implant as well as how much money you’re willing to spend on surgery costs or replacement surgeries if something goes wrong with a certain type of implant. If you have any questions about which type will work best for your needs, talk to your surgeon before you decide on your decision.

Now that you know the types of materials used in breast implants, what are some pros and cons?

The pro for Saline-filled implants is that they’re FDA-approved and safe to use with minimal risks involved, like infection or implant rupture. On top of this, because these implants don’t contain any toxic chemicals in their makeup process it has fewer side effects than Type One saline which can cause allergic reactions if exposed to silicone particles over time. However, there’s still a chance for complications with both Types One and Two saltwater filled injections owing mainly to common surgical hazards such as bleeding or blood clots (hematomas) where complications can arise.

Type Two silicone-filled implants can be used without any worries about contamination from other materials if exposed (as seen above) unlike Types One or Three filler injections that contain different chemicals.


If you’re considering getting a breast implant, the decision of which type to get will depend on what you want out of an implant as well as how much money you have set aside for surgery costs or replacement surgeries if something goes wrong with that certain type. One thing is clear – there are plenty of options available! Get in touch with Dr. Jim Brantner today and he’ll be happy to talk through your individual needs so that you can make an informed choice about which option is best for you.