Body Contouring for the New Year

The new year represents a fresh start, which is why New Year’s Resolutions are so popular. Many people use this time to contemplate changes they’d like to make to their bodies. Usually, that means diet and exercise. While both are crucial for a healthy lifestyle, they aren’t the only tool available. For instance, what can be done about those stubborn problem areas? The ones that never seem to get better, no matter how many healthy choices you make? At the offices of Jim Brantner, MD, we offer several body contouring techniques to sculpt and shape specific areas:

  • Tummy and Sides. We offer SculpSure procedures to help with these stubborn areas. SculpSure is quick, non-invasive, and minimizes discomfort because it doesn’t involve surgery. Tummy tucks and liposuction are other popular options for contouring the area around the abdomen.
  • Arms. The upper arms have a tendency to sprout “wings” of excess fat and skin as the body ages. An arm lift, also called a brachioplasty, is designed to help correct this, to restore confidence and minimize discomfort from unwanted, flapping skin.

Remember, the only way to decide which procedures are best for you is to schedule a private, personalized consultation with Dr. Brantner. We’ll discuss your goals, expectations, concerns, costs, and even talk about any worries or fears you may have. Not only that, but we will give you honest feedback about whether your expectations and hopes are feasible. Dr. Brantner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in civilian practice since 1987.

If you have questions, don’t delay! Call us today and let’s get find the right body contouring procedure to help you reach your goals.

Plastic Surgery Trends in 2018

You may not think of plastic surgery as being fashionable, but as with any in-demand services, there are definitely cycles in popularity. There’s no denying that with cameras and social media everywhere these rejuvenating procedures are becoming more popular. Check out the plastic surgery trends for 2018 and see if they’re right for you!

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  • Facial Procedures, especially eyelid lifts, face lifts, and nose reshaping. Given that we’re living longer and sharing more photos with people in our social (media) circles, is it any wonder people are taking more time to tend to their faces? Minor changes to the face can have a big impact on self-confidence.
  • Fat Transfer means exactly what it sounds like: taking your own fat from one area, such as the tummy or thighs, and using it to fill or plump another area, such as the breasts or face. Freezing, on the other hand, means that fat cells are frozen, killing them, and eliminated over the course of weeks or months. Either procedure can help to reshape parts of the body.
  • Bring on the Men! More men than ever are choosing to get plastic surgery. Over the last 15 years, the number of men seeking cosmetic procedures, including rhinoplasty and eyelid lifts, has increased by almost 50%.

Of course, just because something is trendy doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Only a consultation with Dr. Brantner can help determine what procedures are best for your goals. Contact the offices of Jim Brantner, MD today, and let’s talk about the results you’d like to get out of your procedures!

Which Juvederm Injectable Filler Is Right for You?

Here at the Offices of Jim Brantner, MD, we get a lot of questions about the different kinds of Juvederm injectable fillers we offer: Vollure, Volbella, and Voluma. Here’s a quick primer on the differences between these three injectables, and what they can do for you!

woman applying moisturizerFirst, the similarities: all three products are made from molecules of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps keeps skin plump and looking youthful. Each product is made by converting this sugar into a gel that can be used to achieve specific goals. All three injectables are minimally invasive and include a numbing agent to minimize discomfort. What are the differences?

  • Volbella is the thinnest gel, and the most spreadable. It’s best for fine areas around eyes and lips. Volbella is also used to smooth scarring leftover from facial acne.
  • Voluma is the thickest, strongest, and longest lasting gel. It’s best for deeper injections around the cheeks. It’s been likened to a “liquid facelift.”
  • Vollure is a nice middle ground of the other two – it has flexibility and staying power. It’s especially great for the area around the nose because it allows freedom of movement and expression but still has staying power.

But which filler is best for you? Only a consultation with Dr. Brantner can answer that. Together you’ll go over your goals, address any concerns and questions you may have and decide on the best course of action to achieve your goals! Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Why Winter is the Best Time for Plastic Surgery

You may not think of the colder months as a good time to have plastic surgery, but here at the offices of Jim Brantner, MD, we think differently! Winter can be a very convenient time for cosmetic procedures. 

Recovering from many cosmetic procedures will probably require you to spend some time indoors. What better time to do that than in the winter? The weather is already uninviting. Time your procedures well and you’ll be healed and ready to enjoy the sunshine come spring. Plus, the holidays already come with built-in time off of work for people in many professions. Combine that with the last of your vacation time and take a recovery staycation!

We work hard to keep our procedures affordable, accept many types of insurance, and offer a number of payment options, but there is still a cost component to cosmetic procedures. The end of the year often comes with additional income, whether in the form of holiday bonuses or monetary gifts. Plus, any extra HSA funds you may have will need to be used by the beginning of the year. If you know someone who has been wanting a particular procedure, an offer to assist with payment can be a thoughtful, useful, and personalized gift. What better treat after all the chaos of the holiday season?

Whatever your reasons for wanting a procedure, Dr. Brantner and the staff here are ready to help you make the best decision for your health and your needs. Contact us to schedule a consultation, or just to ask any questions you may have. We’re here to help!

The Rising Popularity of Eyelid Lifts

When you think of cosmetic surgery, you probably don’t think of one of our most popular procedures. Many people don’t even know it exists! This procedure is technically called blepharoplasty, but it’s commonly referred to as an eye lift. Over the last 16 years, eye lift surgery has consistently been one of the top five cosmetic procedures in the US. At the offices of Dr. Brantner in East Tennessee, eye lifts are a popular procedure for both men and women. What does the procedure involve and what could it do for you? eyelid lift

In short, an eye lift is the only procedure that effectively addresses puffy or drooping eyelids. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the only way to be sure that you’re a good candidate, but if aging, gravity, or environmental factors have obstructed your vision or given you the appearance of being sleepy or angry all the time, an eyelid lift may be your best choice. 

Eye lifts generally work in one of two ways. If the lower lid is causing the issue, the surgeon will remove excess fat from beneath the eye. If the upper lid is causing vision problems or affecting your appearance, loose or hanging skin can be tightened or removed. Tightening the skin and muscles will give a fresh, rejuvenated look to the eyes, which makes the whole face look more youthful. 

Want to know if a blepharoplasty is right for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner. We can answer all your questions, discuss recovery time, and work together to choose the best options for your body and your desired outcome!

Get Rid of that Turkey Gobbler Before the Holidays!

Turkey may be one of the most popular dish for Thanksgiving–88% of Americans eat it for their holiday meal–but there’s one place we definitely don’t want turkey: our necks! As people age, there’s always the chance of developing the dreaded “turkey neck.” It’s a coolder female patientmmon issue but notoriously tricky to take care of. What can you do when this happens? Fortunately, here at the offices of Jim Brantner, MD we’ve got a solution: our neck lift procedure will remove that sagging skin for good.

A neck lift involves removing excess skin and fat—and potentially restructuring the muscle underneath—to create a smoother, rejuvenated appearance and natural-looking results. While this is a major procedure and will require some prep and recovery time, it’s also one of the safest and most reliable procedures in plastic surgery. We perform this procedure in two to three hours, with minor incisions and scarring. Generally, patients won’t need general anesthesia, but the only way to determine your specific needs is to schedule a consultation at our office.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is often worth a pound of cure when it comes to aging issues. Treat your neck with the same care and consideration you do your face—wear sunscreen every day and use the same anti-aging products on your neck that you do on the rest of your skin. If you have any questions about products, don’t hesitate to ask!

Ready to get rid of that turkey gobbler before the holidays? Contact the Offices of Jim Brantner, MD and let’s get started.

Fall in Love with Your Body with SculpSure

This October, Dr. Brantner’s office is offering 15% off SculpSure. To celebrate, we thought we’d highlight this procedure with answers to a couple of our frequently asked questions. Sculpsure

  • First of all, What is SculpSure?

Cynosyure SculpSure is a laser treatment for stubborn fat in the abdomen, flanks, back, and inner and outer thighs. It’s designed to safely and effectively eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery or downtime.

  • Am I a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for SculpSure are already living healthy, active lifestyles but finding that they cannot shake stubborn pockets of fat in problem areas. It is approved for BMI up to 43. If that sounds like you, it may be the right choice! Of course, only a consultation can tell if this procedure is right for you. At your consultation, we’ll discuss goals, body composition, risks, and more.

  • Is it FDA Approved?

Yes! SculpSure is the first laser treatment to be approved by the FDA. Not only that, but it’s quick, easy, and noninvasive.

  • What’s the Recovery Time?

Recovery is quick! The procedure should take about 25 minutes per treatment area, and since there is no surgery involved, you won’t have to worry about anesthesia. Special cooling procedures will keep you comfortable and won’t harm your skin.

Remember, the best way to find out about a procedure is to ask the experts! The friendly, knowledgeable, professional staff at the offices of Jim Brantner, MD are here to answer your questions and help you choose the best procedures to get you the results you’re looking for.

Breast Cancer Reconstruction: FAQ

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the office of Jim Brantner, MD would like to answer your questions about breast cancer reconstruction.pink balloons

  • Should I Have Reconstructive Surgery?
    • Mastectomy due to cancer is an intimate and painful topic, and no two patients are alike. Many women do find that reconstructive surgery helps them to feel more like themselves again. Others choose not to experience more surgeries and hospital time. Speak with your doctors, care team, and close companions, but remember that ultimately the choice lies with you.
  • What are my Options?
    • There are two options for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy: artificial breast implants, or tissue flap reconstruction. Breast implants after a mastectomy are quite similar to a standard breast implant, in that an artificial saline or silicone implant is used. In tissue flap reconstruction, tissue from your body (usually the abdomen or back) is used in the same manner. Neither option is one-size-fits-all, and both create natural-looking results. Discuss them with your surgeon to determine which is right for you.
  • When Should I Have Surgery?
    • You have several options when it comes to the timing of your breast reconstruction. Some women choose to have removal and reconstruction at the same time, which has the advantage of significantly lessening overall recovery time. Some women choose to delay their reconstruction surgery. This is often due to further treatment needs, such as targeted radiation and chemotherapy. It’s not uncommon for doctors to recommend a waiting period of six months to a year after completing treatment. Some women also choose staged reconstruction, where part of the reconstruction is done at removal and the rest after treatment.

Again, a long discussion with your entire care team is the best way to determine which breast reconstruction option is right for you. There is no rule that patients should have reconstruction immediately–many patients wait months, years, or never choose to have the procedure at all.

When you’re ready to begin the consultation process, contact Dr. Brantner’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery office in East Tennessee for professional, informed, compassionate care.

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.