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.

Liposuction: Fact vs. Fiction

liposuction - measuring waistLiposuction is a popular fat reduction procedure that leaves women and men feeling more confident in their bodies. But any procedure with so much press is bound to come with a few misconceptions, and there are plenty of myths about liposuction. Can you separate fact from fiction? Dr. Brantner is here to help.

Fact: Liposuction works for a variety of areas

Liposuction is best-known for removing fat from the abdomen, but it’s also a good choice for patients who want to remove stubborn fat deposits from the hips, thighs, chest, back, and neck.

Fiction: It’s great for weight loss

Many people see liposuction as an easy, one-step weight loss program. But like any fat reduction procedure, liposuction requires a healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain results. It’s best to use liposuction to remove stubborn fat areas after trying more traditional weight loss methods.

Fact: Liposuction is real surgery

Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction doesn’t remove extra skin or restore bulging abdominal muscles. But that doesn’t mean it’s not real surgery! When you get liposuction, your physician will make small incisions to remove the fat deposits. Just like other surgical procedures, liposuction requires a few days off work to recuperate and heal.

Fiction: Results are instantaneous

Liposuction removes fat from the body, but because it’s a surgical procedure, many patients experience swelling. It may take several weeks for your body to fully heal before you can see the full results. Wearing the compression garment recommended by your physician will smooth the skin, limit swelling, and help you see results faster.

When it comes to liposuction, experience matters. Dr. Brantner has decades of experience giving patients smooth, natural results. To schedule a liposuction consultation, call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today.

5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Bruising after Fillers

Fillers are a simple, effective solution to minimizing fine lines around the face and jaw. A “lunchtime treatment,” fillers have minimal recovery time and are an affordable option for many patients who aren’t ready to commit to surgical facial rejuvenation. One risk associated with injectable fillers is temporary bruising or swelling around the injection site. What can patients do to minimize the risk of bruising after fillers?

5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Bruising after Fillers

  1. filler injectionStop taking blood thinners. Medications and supplements that thin the blood will increase your risk of bruising. Stop taking aspirin, excedrin, ibuprofen, ginseng, St. John’s wort, omega 3 fatty acids/fish oil, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, and other blood thinners for 1-2 weeks before treatment. If you’re taking a blood thinner for a medical reason, talk to your doctor before stopping.
  2. Avoid alcohol for 1-2 days. Drinking alcohol will increase your likelihood of bruising, so avoid happy hour for a few days before treatment.
  3. Skip the gym. Yes, you have an excuse not to workout! After injection the damaged capillaries will need to heal, which takes longer if they’re stressed due to increased heart rate. Walking is fine, but put off yoga, weights, and running until 24-48 hours after treatment to help avoid bruising.
  4. Ice the area. A cold pack will desensitize the area and reduce swelling. It will also relieve any lingering discomfort from the treatment.
  5. Choose a qualified injector. Fillers may seem like a simple procedure, but beware of the  bargain basement injectables you might find at spas, clinics, or Botox parties. Injectables are a medical procedure with associated risks, and your injector should always have the proper documentation and training, as well as performing the procedure in a safe and sterile environment.

Want more tips on how to get the most out of injectable fillers? Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner.

6 Tips for Glowing Summer Skin

When summer arrives, your skin goes on display. Wardrobes shift from skin-protecting sweaters and pants to shorts, skirts, and swimsuits. But it’s important to remember that loving your skin goes beyond self-confidence. It means protecting your skin from the summer sun. Keep your skin glowing and healthy with Dr. Brantner’s summer skincare tips.

6 Summer Skincare Tips

  1. woman with beautiful skinExfoliate. When dead skin builds up, it can clog your pores, dry out your skin, and dull your overall appearance. Regular exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin, revealing the fresher, healthier skin underneath. Work exfoliation into your daily skincare routine. For a professional treatment, try microdermabrasion to rejuvenate your skin.
  2. Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the summer, especially on overcast days when the heat is less apparent. Make sure to drink plenty of water, especially when spending time outdoors. Not only is it good for your body, drinking water helps your skin stay healthy, too.
  3. Moisturize. Your skin gets thirsty, too! Moisturizing is one of the easiest ways to keep your skin fresh and slow signs of aging. Moisturize twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed.
  4. Lather up. Forgoing sunscreen can cause skin damage, premature aging, and increase your risk of developing melanoma. Skip the peeling sunburn, dry skin, wrinkles, and increased risk of skin cancer by applying sunscreen every morning and reapplying regularly.
  5. Cool the burn. If you do get sunburnt, don’t suffer in silence. Applying soothing aloe can soothe inflammation and reduce peeling, which is good news for your skin.
  6. Schedule annual checkups. Schedule a yearly appointment with your dermatologist to catch potential melanomas early. If your doctor finds a risky spot, he or she will refer you to a qualified plastic surgeon.

Does your skin need a little TLC? A nonsurgical procedure can help rejuvenate skin with mild sun damage or fine lines. Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to learn more about facial rejuvenation in Johnson City.

How to Overcome a Fear of Surgery

patient in doctor's officeWhen you go into surgery, you are putting your life in someone else’s hands, and that can be a scary thought. Whether you are scheduled for a routine office procedure or a major reconstructive surgery, many people experience nervousness before surgery. However, nerves can quickly turn into crippling anxiety. Don’t give up. There are ways to get a grip on your fears. Here are just a few tips for dealing with surgical anxiety before your procedure.  

Learn as Much as You Can

Learning about your procedure is a great way to understand what is in store and can help you reclaim some control over the situation. If you take the time to understand the medical science behind your procedure as well as the safety measures involved, you may start to feel more connected and more in control of the situation. 

Ask Questions

Your doctor and anesthesiologist have years of training. When it comes to plastic or reconstructive surgery, the professionals involved with the procedure will usually be available to discuss any fears you have going in. You may find that simply talking to your surgeon about your anxiety will help you fight your fear.

Understanding Your Recovery

Recovery after surgery can be its own unique source of anxiety. You might be afraid of the pain or discomfort you will feel. You might also be anxious about the physical changes you will see after a procedure. These fears are normal and should be addressed before your operation. Most patients will find that talking to a doctor about these fears before surgery helps calm anxiety a great deal.

Don’t let the fear of surgery stand in the way of becoming the person you want to see in the mirror. Dr. Jim Brantner is dedicated to providing excellent patient care and is a great source for anyone interested in learning more about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in Johnson City. Contact us today to find out more.