Where on Your Body Can You Get Liposuction?

Where on Your Body Can You Get Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as liposculpture suction, lipoplast, lipectomy, or simply “lipo”, is a popular cosmetic procedure readily available for residents of the Tri-City, TN areas.

Even though liposuction is not considered a way to lose weight, it is, however, the best way to have troublesome areas of your body sculpted to your liking.

Doctors often recommend this type of procedure for those individuals who: have lost weight, who eat a healthy diet, and who engage in regular exercise, but who have a difficult time losing localized areas of fat. Typical problem areas include the stomach, upper arms, neck, butt, thighs, and upper and lower back.

In fact, some of the best doctors who perform liposuction are in Tennessee, and in the Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton areas in particular.

Areas of Your Body Where You Can Have Liposuction

Most individuals don’t know that there are lots of areas on the body where they can have liposuction. One main area that everyone knows about is the midsection, followed by the hips, thighs, and buttocks.

Some of the lesser-known areas where you can get liposuction are as follows:

Double Chin:  A double chin is the area in the neck and chin where excess fat can and does accumulate. When pockets of fat form here, a fold is created that makes people look as if they have two chins. Even though a double chin is most common in individuals who are overweight, people of normal weight can suffer from this as well. The good news is that liposuction can easily eliminate this by improving the angle of definition between the chin and the neck. Be aware, though, that liposuction will not tighten any loose neck.

Buffalo Hump: In nature, the term buffalo hump is used to describe a buffalo’s neck. In humans, however, this term describes an abnormal fatty deposit at the upper back and neck. According to doctors, the buffalo hump is caused by obesity, steroid treatment, and the body’s overproduction of certain natural steroids. Liposuction is a great way to eliminate this fat deposit.

Excess Arm Skin: For some, even when they have taken the time to properly tone their arms, there’s still the issue of flabby and/or loose skin that sags at the back. If that sagging is caused by fat, then liposuction can definitely help. However, if that fat is due to loose skin, then a more involved procedure called a brachioplasty is required.

Women’s Breasts: Even though most women feel that liposuction can be done on breasts of any shape and size, this is not so. Liposuction of the breasts is great for women with perky breasts that are fatty. In order to obtain optimal results, the breasts cannot be saggy or droopy, as liposuction will make this worse. In addition, breasts that have more fat and are less dense are better suited for liposuction. Interestingly, older breasts have more fat while younger breasts are denser. For those with dense breasts, a breast lift or a breast reduction is the best procedure to go with, as it will yield better results.

Male Breasts: Men who suffer from enlarged breasts have gynecomastia, which causes their chest area to grow and look like a breast. This condition commonly happens when excessive fat accumulates a man’s chest area. According to doctors, this is caused by hormone imbalances, obesity, steroid use, or frequently using drugs like marijuana. The good news is that liposuction can greatly reduce the appearance of enlarged breasts in men.  

Fat in the Back Area: More commonly referred to as back fat, those with fat in this area tend to have rolls that appear to hang from the back. Liposuction has been proven time and again to be excellent at correcting this condition. However, it’s important that the skin not be too stretched out, as this will cause results to not be as optimal as they should be. In cases where the skin is too stretched out, a bra line back lift may be needed.

Abdomen and Belly Pouch: These are the most common areas to receive liposuction. Belly fat is stubborn and oftentimes does not respond well to diet or exercise. Liposuction works great on these areas. However, liposuction is not advised for those who have hard, intra-abdominal fat, as it cannot be removed by liposuction. Belly pouches, commonly caused by excess fat that is localized to the lower abdomen, are always an ideal spot for liposuction because fat there is easily removed.

Muffin Tops and Love Handles: Liposuction is a great option to get rid of the excess fat on the sides of the abdomen as well as the extra fat located on the sides of the abdomen that also extends into the back. These are stubborn areas that both men and women struggle with despite a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Ready to Learn More About Fast, Reliable and Effective Fat Reduction?

If you’ve been struggling with stubborn excess fat in any of these areas on your body, then liposuction might be the perfect option for you.

Why not compliment your healthy diet and regular exercise routine with that sculpted body you’ve always dreamed of?

Ready to learn more? Contact Dr. Jim Brantner, MD, a licensed plastic surgeon in the Tennessee and Tri-City area today to get started.

What is the best treatment for Cellulite?

What is the best treatment for Cellulite?

Cellulite is a problem shared by many women (and men), old and young alike. It is indiscriminate, affecting those who are thin as well as those who are overweight.

Not only is cellulite unsightly, it can also wreak havoc on our self esteem and confidence, especially when wearing more revealing clothing like shorts, swimsuits or bikinis.

Dr. Jim Brantner, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing in Johnson City, Tennessee, offers residents of the Tri-City areas a safe and effective solution. Read on to learn more…

What is Cellulite?

That noticeable “cottage-cheese” appearance often seen on the butts, thighs, and pelvic area is caused by fibrous bands of connective tissue, called septae. The skin puckers over these areas when the septae breaks down, allowing the normal layer of fat underneath to push up.

According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, “an estimated 85 to 90% of adult women suffer from cellulite. Further, the aging process can worsen the appearance of cellulite. As a natural part of aging, skin loses its elasticity. When this happens your skin is less able to resist irregular tension created by these fibrous bands, thus increasing the appearance of cellulite

Is there an effective treatment?

In the past, treatments ranged from expensive (and often ineffective) creams, to costly and invasive procedures such as liposuction or injections.

Fortunately, there are many new FDA approved treatments being offered by cosmetic surgeons that are safe, effective, and do not require invasive surgery.

New treatments that work

Some of these new and innovative treatments include:

 

  • Cryolipolysis is a noninvasive procedure that freezes and kills fat cells. Dead cells are removed from the body naturally. Results can in three to four months with up to three treatments.
  • Laser Treatments can help to break up those tough bands of tissue underneath the skin. Treatments also thicken the skin, increase blood flow, and stimulate collagen growth, resulting in an improved appearance lasting up to six months.

 

  • Mechanical Massage, using a machine with low-pressure suction, kneads the skin with spinning rollers that help to break up the connective tissue that causes cellulite.

 

  • Unfortunately, this procedure makes the skin appear better for only a short time.

Shockwave therapy is a lower energy version of the same technology used to dissolve kidney stones. This treatment is given twice per week over a span of six or more weeks but research is still being done to determine how long the results may last.

A Better Way to Treat Cellulite in the Tri-City, TN Area

For residents of the Tri-city, TN area there is new hope in the battle against unsightly cellulite.

Dr. Jim Brantner, a board-certified plastic surgeon who practices in Johnson City, Tennessee’s premier cosmetic surgery center, offers a gentle, non-invasive procedure called ThermiSmooth Body® to combat cellulite.

ThermiSmooth Body® uses patented heat technology to take care of stubborn body fat with no recovery time or surgery necessary. It reduces sagging and improves tone and smoothness while reducing or eliminating cellulite dimples.

Ready to learn more? Call our office and let us help you lose that stubborn cellulite today!

Debunking Common Plastic Surgery Myths

Debunking Common Plastic Surgery Myths

According to 2017 annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, over 17.5 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the US.

For many individuals, plastic surgery offers a way to turn back the sands of time, improving both the way they look and feel.

Non-invasive procedures such as dermal fillers and laser treatments have grown in popularity, and even traditionally invasive procedures are now less invasive with developments in technology, contributing to their growth in demand.

Plastic and reconstructive surgery are a popular area of discussion. With new levels of interest in these techniques, it is important to do research into who will be operating on you. If you are considering plastic surgery, it is necessary to first debunk a few common myths, leaving you prepared for your future appointment.

Invest in Yourself

Whether you need medically necessary reconstructive surgery or a cosmetic boost in confidence, plastic surgery can help. When making this decision, however, it is important to seek out a certified surgeon with the experience and satisfied clientele to back up their claims. You only get one body, so make sure to take good care of yours by fully researching any decisions.

Myth #1 – Every Cosmetic Surgeon is A ‘Real’ Plastic Surgeon

Having a valid medical license is all that is required to allow a physician to call themselves a plastic surgeon. It is essential to research any plastic surgeon before allowing them to operate on you. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery do have differences.

Dr. Jim Brantner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform many different procedures. When you trust him with your surgery, you are in good hands.

Myth #2 – All Certifications Are Equal

The American Board of Plastic Surgery, or ABPS, certification is what you need to look for when considering who will perform your surgery. Attaining this certification requires 6 to 9 years of training, followed by an extensive written and oral examination.

Other certifications may not be as extensive, meaning that you may be at risk. Take care when selecting your surgeon.

Myth #3 – Procedures Are Always Done in Accredited Facilities

Non-certified plastic surgeons do not have to operate in accredited facilities. Plastic surgery is still surgery, so it is important to be operated on in a place where your health is being protected.

Besides working out of a few hospitals, Dr. Brantner also has an in-house facility. The East Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center offers the best in modern technology for those who need a 23 hour stay or less. Other facilities include:

 

  • Johnson City Medical Center
  • Franklin Woods Community Hospital
  • Takoma Regional Hospital

 

No matter the procedure, Dr. Brantner will do whatever it takes to make sure your health is put first.

Myth #4 – Questioning your Surgeon is Rude

This is your body and surgery is a serious procedure that is both expensive and comes with a certain level of risk. Any plastic surgeon who truly cares about the work they do will never hesitate to answer your questions, make sure you are informed about any risks, and showcase results from their past work.

Dr. Jim Brantner is ready to answer any question you may have regarding your procedure. Knowledge is key to understanding how the body works and how to best recover from surgery.

Myth #5 – Plastic Surgery is Only for the Rich and Famous

Decades ago plastic surgery was a “luxury” confined to those with the levels of income necessary to subsidize procedures. However, plastic surgery and cosmetic techniques have come a long way since then, and are both socially and economically viable options for anyone from any walk of life or level of income.

And you don’t usually need to pay upfront. Many providers offer in-house financing options with favorable terms to help you achieve your goals without putting you or your family into financial hardship.

Myth #6 – Only Women Have Plastic Surgery

Untrue. Men are just as self-conscious about their appearance as are women (even though they may openly talk about it less than their female counterparts).

Every year more men are turning more to plastic surgery to achieve a youthful and fit appearance.

Myth #7 – A Good Plastic Surgery Job Will Not Leave Scars

Any type of “invasive” surgery that requires incisions will result in some kind of scarring. However, skilled plastic surgeons and the latest techniques and technology have come a long way in greatly minimizing scarring.

If you have concerns be sure to discuss them with your surgeon.

Myth #8 – Plastic Surgery Lasts Forever

While plastic surgery is designed to provide long-term, nothing lasts forever. A number of factors will determine how long your surgical results will prevail. Healthy lifestyle habits such as staying away from smoking and alcohol, as well as a balanced diet, good sleep habits and regular exercise can all help.

Hire the Right Professional for Your Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

At Jim Brantner Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we treat you with dignity and respect. The decision to have plastic surgery can be a very personal one, and we would love to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Dr. Jim Brantner is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery. With both military and civilian experience, Dr. Jim Brantner is able to serve a variety of needs.

How Nicotine Sabotages Plastic Surgery

How Nicotine Sabotages Plastic Surgery

It is important to take care of our bodies, from general health and well-being to recovery from plastic surgery, the lifestyle choices you make daily have a real and measurable impact.

One substance that has been proven to have negative effects on the body is nicotine. This negative implication extends to plastic surgery and healing/recovery.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery and routinely use nicotine, it is time to consider the effects this drug has on sabotaging recovery and desirable outcomes. The last thing you want is to invest time, money and recovery on a procedure that delivers sub-optimal results simply because you opted to continue use of nicotine afterwards.

Quitting Cigarettes Might Not be Enough

It is important to quit smoking for many reasons, but in this case, nicotine substitutes may be just as bad.

In order to avoid sabotaging your surgery, you must also avoid:

 

  • Nicotine patches
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Cigars and Pipes
  • Snuff
  • Nicotine gum
  • E-cigarettes
  • And other nicotine products.

The Difference Between Surgery and Plastic Surgery

Operations involving medically necessary surgery are different from plastic or cosmetic surgery. Traditional surgical operations often involve deep incisions or operations that work on the “inside” of your body versus those parts that impact outward appearance.

For example, liposuction impacts the outer skin and tissues directly beneath (i.e. adipose/fat). S

How Nicotine Affects Blood Vessels

Nicotine deprives skin and other tissues from critical blood supply. As a vasoconstrictor, this drug narrows blood vessels and reduces optimal and healthy blood circulation.

This reduction in circulation can result in:

  • Longer healing and recovery times
  • Increased or more visible scarring
  • Tissue death
  • And in severe cases, gangrene

Other Nicotine-Related Issues

The blood vessels are not the only issue that can arise from nicotine use. Other possible issues brought on by or contributed to by the use of nicotine include:

 

  • Infection
  • Loss of skin the area the surgery was performed
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Fat necrosis – or the killing of fat cells that results in hard lumps
  • Blood clots – which can sometimes be fatal
  • Noticeable scarring – which can be thicker and wider than usual
  • Loss of breast implants
  • Increased pain
  • Life-threatening complications, such as a heart attack or stroke, pneumonia, or blood clots
  • Permanent small vessel damage that can last even if you decide to quit nicotine

This list shows just how dangerous it can be to continue to use nicotine when undergoing plastic surgery.

Guidelines for Quitting Nicotine

When considering plastic surgery, you should generally stop using nicotine for three to six weeks before your surgery, as well as for a period of three to six weeks after. Discuss any concerns you have with your plastic surgeon and make sure they are aware of your nicotine use so that they can advise you based on your unique situation. Ideally, you’ll want to quit nicotine indefinitely, but at a minimum following your doctor’s orders is critical.

There are many resources available to help when trying to quit using nicotine. Support groups, meditation, and other distractions often help when attempting to quit. Getting through the first few days is crucial, as that is when withdrawal symptoms are often felt.

 

  • You will experience physical and mental withdrawal. Your body expects to receive a certain amount of nicotine each day, and it will basically throw a fit when this does not happen.
  • How you handle your emotions, how you relax, and how you stay alert will all change without the influence of nicotine.
  • You may experience depression, irritability, anxiety, restlessness, and nicotine cravings. Sleep and appetite may also be affected, and you may gain weight.
  • This will last between a week and a month, so seeking help for getting through this period is crucial.

Trusting Your Procedure to the Right Doctor

Dr. Jim Brantner is an ABPS certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with both military and civilian expertise. Once you have kicked that nicotine habit, Dr. Brantner and his staff will help you achieve the look you want through quality surgery at state-of-the-art facilities.

Dr. Brantner works with a number of hospitals, as well as out of a modern facility designed for those who need a 23-hour stay or less post-operation. For expert advice and a steady hand, look no further than Dr. Brantner and his staff.

Kicking Nicotine – you can do this!

You are a strong individual, and you can choose to quit nicotine. Not only will it help your plastic surgery process, but you will experience a variety of health benefits. You will get sick less, that smoker’s cough will go away, and you will increase your life expectancy.

Everyone struggles when quitting. Don’t get discouraged. You can do it!

5 Questions to Ask your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultant

5 Questions to Ask your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultant

For residents of the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton) Tennessee, vaginal rejuvenation is a lesser discussed, yet helpful treatment for many women living with discomfort, pain or in need of aesthetic or functional improvement.

Our Bodies Change Over Time – and that’s ok

It’s a perfectly natural process for a woman’s body to change over time. Whether from aging, childbirth or other factors, these changes can be both unsightly as well as uncomfortable, and in some cases even painful.

Luckily, modern medicine and the advent of vaginal cosmetic procedures have made it possible for women just like you to roll back the sands of time and rejuvenate their vaginas, brining them back to their former look and feel.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Options for Tri-Cities residents of: Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton

These procedures, both surgical and non-surgical are known collectively as “Vaginal Rejuvenation” procedures, and provide women with a way to improve their self-esteem, enhance their sexual satisfaction and comfortability, and alleviate pain and discomfort.

Potential Benefits for Tri-Cities, TN residents

While benefits of the different types of procedures vary slightly, they most effectively address the dual purpose of tightening the vaginal canal and reshaping the outer vulva.

Questions to Ask your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultant

If you’re considering vaginal rejuvenation procedures, read on to learn more about the top five questions you should ask your medical practitioner prior to the procedure.

Question 1: Am I A Good Candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Thanks to recent advances in vaginal rejuvenation technology, the majority of women are good candidates for a procedure of some type, though more risks and greater recovery time are associated with those procedures which are more invasive.

However, not everyone is a good fit, and you’ll want to consult with your vaginal rejuvenation surgeon to find out for sure. For example, while non-surgical procedures are generally considered an option for a wider range of women, those women with “a pacemaker or an automatic implantable cardioverty/defibrillator (AICD)” are less likely to be candidates.

Each case is different, and the risks and benefits of each type of procedure should be discussed with your vaginal rejuvenation consultant and your plastic surgeon. The degree of vaginal laxity plays a large part in deciding whether or not to take a surgical route for many women. Those women with only a minor degree of vaginal laxity can expect the desired results from a non-surgical procedure, such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation or laser vaginal rejuvenation.

Question 2: How Long Will Recovery Take?

Non-surgical procedures such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation, sometimes known by brand names such as Geneveve, or laser vaginal rejuvenation, typically require minimal downtime after the procedure, while surgical options may require 2-5 days of downtime.

Women who suspect they may need a more invasive procedure, such as surgery, should plan ahead to take time off work or arrange for childcare well in advance of the procedure. Those women who follow a healthy diet and exercise plan and generally follow a healthy lifestyle will commonly experience shorter and easier recovery periods.

Your plastic surgeon will be able to recommend any lifestyle changes which might make the recovery process easier.

Question 3: What is the Process for the Procedure?

The process for a surgical procedure, such as a labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, will be somewhat different than a non-surgical procedure such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation or laser vaginal rejuvenation, due to the more invasive process of a surgery.

Most surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedures can be performed in under an hour in the operating room, according to Real Self of Seattle, but will require advance preparation at the hospital and some recovery time at the hospital afterward before returning home to bedrest.

Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation requires almost no advance prep, and no recovery time in the office after the 30-minute procedure is finished. However, your vaginal rejuvenation consultant and your plastic surgeon will be able to explain the process in detail prior to the start of the procedure and help quell any anxiety you might be feeling.

Question 4: What Risks Should I Be Aware Of?

While scientific advances in vaginal rejuvenation procedures have made both surgical and non-surgical procedures safer and easier than ever, any medical procedure does carry some risk.

That said, there is typically very little downtime for these procedures, ranging from no more than 2-5 days for surgical options, and none at all for non-surgical procedures. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the specific risks to be aware of in your unique case, allowing you to make an informed choice of vaginal rejuvenation procedure.

Question 5: What Results Will I See?

Results are generally positive, but will vary depending on your unique situation, symptoms, and body. In the majority of cases women can expect benefits such as:

  • Increased self-confidence and an improved self-image
  • Greater sexual drive and satisfaction
  • Improved vaginal laxity following pregnancy, childbirth, aging, or other causes

Most women will begin to see results from a surgical procedure once healing and any associated swelling or light bruising has diminished. While some non-surgical procedures get better over time, with full benefits being realized within 2-3 months post-procedure. Your plastic surgeon will be able to describe the timeline for full benefits to reveal themselves based on your individual procedure.

Final Thoughts

Advances in vaginal rejuvenation procedures have made it possible for women of all ages and in all stages of life to regain the youthful vaginal area they desire. Thanks to a range of both surgical and non-surgical procedures, a vaginal rejuvenation option exists for almost every woman’s circumstances and preferences.

If you’re ready to learn more about the procedures and are interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate, contact Jim Brantner, M.D., your local Tri-Cities plastic and reconstructive surgery professional. His friendly team is ready to help.