Many women find that ageing, weight loss and pregnancy changes the size, volume and shape of their breasts. This can not only take a toll on your self-confidence, it can affect your life in other seemingly small ways, such as changing the way that your clothes fit your body or what you are comfortable wearing or doing in public.
These changes can have a real impact on the way you feel about yourself. The good news is there are options available to help you both look and feel your best. In fact, more and more women are looking to undergo surgical procedures in order to enhance their breasts or restore them to their former youthful appearance, shape and feel.
A breast lift, breast augmentation and breast implants are often discussed in the same category but two of these procedures are very different. These procedures address different needs and in some cases, a combination of procedures is required. So if you are considering any of these procedures, it is important that you understand the difference. Read on to find out more.
A breast lift is a surgical procedure, which aims to reposition the breast tissue. It is a great way to address breasts that appear to be sagging or drooping. Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift doesn’t change the amount of breast tissue itself which makes it a good choice for women who happy with the shape and size of their breasts but want to change their position.
What Is A Breast Augmentation?
A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, which aims to increase the breast size with the use of breast implants. These implants are usually made from silicone or saline gels. A breast augmentation can make a significant difference in breast size, increasing cup size by one or more for the majority of women. Unlike a breast lift, a breast augmentation will not change the position of the breasts, therefore some women choose to combine these two procedures to achieve their desired result.
What Are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are essentially the same thing as a breast augmentation. Both procedures use silicone or saline implants to change the breast size and shape. The two phrases are often used under the umbrella term ‘breast augmentation’.
A breast lift and a breast augmentation are two very different procedures. Whether you chose one or both procedures depends on the look you are hoping to achieve. It is always best to consult with your surgeon, who will be able to advise you on the best procedures for you.
Why May I Want To Combine The Two Procedures?
If you want to increase the volume of your breasts but you also want to correct sagging or drooping in the breasts then you may want to combine a breast lift and a breast augmentation. Many women will choose to combine the two procedures and both of these procedures can be carried out at the same time. When combined, the two procedures should result in fuller, more lifted and more beautiful breasts.
Who Can Have Breast Surgery?
A good candidate for a breast lift or breast augmentation will be as close as possible to their ideal weight. A significant weight loss or gain can impact breast appearance, so it is wise to maintain your weight consistently for around a year before undergoing surgery. A woman is usually advised to wait until she had had children and finished breastfeeding (if she chooses to breastfeed) before undergoing a breast augmentation or breast lift procedure. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breast size and structure can change, which can have an impact on the results of the surgery.
What Happens During Breast Implant Surgery?
A breast implant procedure is usually an outpatient procedure. The surgery will usually last 1-2 hours and is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, meaning that you shouldn’t feel a thing. Before your procedure, you should discuss implant placement options, which will dictate where the incisions are made in order to insert the implants. Incisions can be made under the breast, around the nipple, beneath the armpit or in the navel. These methods make it easy to conceal surgical scars and an experienced plastic surgeon will be able to advise you on the best placement for you. The breast implant is placed underneath the breast tissue and again, the exact placement should be discussed with your plastic surgeon.
If you’re considering a breast lift or breast augmentation, always speak to an experienced surgeon who will be able to advise you on the best way to improve the appearance of your breasts and give you back your confidence. Contact our professional staff at Jim Brantner Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today to see how we can help you.
Feel like yourself again with ThermiVa
Are you struggling with vaginal sagging, dryness, or pain during sex?
Are you frustrated that menopause or childbirth caused a decrease in pleasure during intercourse, or do you fight dryness with messy creams every day?
Unfortunately, changes like menopause, hormone fluctuations, and childbirth can take a toll on the body – including the vagina. Dryness, stretched lips, sagging, and incontinence can all be results of otherwise-wonderful events like childbirth.
Even if you haven’t had children recently, changes in hormones (menopause, new birth control medications, or even diet changes) can cause pain during sex and mild incontinence. While these are all normal side-effects, they aren’t desirable or pleasant.
The Non-Invasive Solution
That’s why our East Tennessee clinic offers ThermiVa treatments to our Johnson City and Kingsport residents. ThermiVa is a non-invasive, surgery-free vaginal rejuvenation method using warm radiofrequency therapy. With ThermiVa, a small wand is waved around and inside the vagina, radiating a comfortable level of warmth alongside tightening radio frequencies. Many tri-cities women report increased vaginal tension after just the first session, with no recovery time needed between a session and regular activities.
Our friendly clinic
Our tri-cities clinic focuses on providing patient-centered service. During your ThermiVa treatments, we make sure you are always aware of what we are doing, help you feel at ease, and adjust treatment based on your personal comfort level and health.
If you’re interested in learning more about how our ThermiVa could help you, we’ve listed some of the top benefits of a ThermiVa treatment below:
Enhanced / Improved orgasms
When your vaginal walls tighten, as they do with ThermiVa, they are better able to sense and control pressure. This increased capability gives many of our Johnson City patients better orgasms post-treatment, helping increase pleasure during sex.
Kiss incontinence goodbye!
ThermiVa strengthens the pelvic floor – the layer of muscle that supports the uterus and bladder. Many Kingsport women know about the pelvic floor because of its role in decreasing incontinence. While performing Kegels and other floor-strengthening exercises can help keep your body healthy, with time, incontinence can become a more significant issue.
ThermiVa can help resolve mild incontinence issues. We recommend you see us early on, before incontinence becomes a significant factor in your lifestyle.
Vaginal dryness can be caused by hormone changes, including childbirth and menopause. While vaginal creams are messy and can be difficult to apply, ThermiVa is a quick treatment option that will have you shelving your vaginal creams for years to come. By rejuvenating the tissues surrounding the vagina, ThermiVa helps your body return to its natural, glowing state.
Relieve from painful intercourse
Pain during sex can be caused by a variety of issues. Though you may not think vaginal dryness plays a part in painful intercourse, in reality, dryness affects sex more than you would expect. If you’ve noticed an increase in painful sex in the past few months, ThermiVa may be able to help your tissues return to a healthy state that supports better experiences.
What makes ThermiVa unique
One of the greatest benefits of ThermiVa is its unique approach to treatment. Here are some of the reasons our tri-cities patients choose ThermiVa:
Non-invasive and non-surgical
ThermiVa doesn’t involve surgery or invasive procedures, so you don’t need to be concerned about a hospital stay or scarring.
If you’re currently on hormonal medication, or you’ve experienced cancer in the past year, talk with our Johnson City staff – ThermiVa is likely still safe for you, as it has no hormonal effects.
ThermiVa treatments should never be painful. If you feel pain during a ThermiVa treatment, you’ll be able to communicate that during the session, so that treatment can be altered to your comfort level.
Improvement in as little as one session
ThermiVa shows incredibly quick results, with some patients seeing changes after just one session (multiple sessions are usually recommended for best results).
Return to normal activities (including sex) immediately after
Because ThermiVa isn’t surgical, you won’t have restrictions on activities after your treatment. This also allows our Kingsport staff to treat you in a subtle way that won’t let anyone else know you’re receiving vaginal rejuvenation.
Try ThermiVa to improve your vaginal health
If you’ve been struggling with a stretched vagina, an unsatisfying sex life, and dryness that rivals the Sahara desert, give our friendly tri-cities clinic a call. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions regarding ThermiVa, or schedule a consult with you when you’re ready to be your healthiest self again.
Find out with these 3 questions
Age brings many things: wisdom, back pain, memories, wrinkles.
Whether you have laugh lines that run a little too deep or you’re self-conscious about your sagging “turkey neck,” a facelift might help you feel more like yourself and restore your youthful appearance and vibrancy.
If you have doubts, you may be wrestling with wondering what a facelift involves, or whether you’ll be truly happy with the results. How do you know a facelift is right for you?
Here are a few questions we tell our tri-cities patients to ask themselves before deciding whether or not to get a facelift:
Are your wrinkles affecting your self-confidence?
There’s no ideal age to get a facelift. Whether or not you need a facelift depends, not on your age or wrinkles, but on your self-confidence.
● Do you look in the mirror and feel like you’re just not yourself?
● Are you frustrated that makeup, haircuts, hair coloring, and dressing differently haven’t been able to change how you look and feel?
● Do you think about your wrinkles at social events, instead of thinking about making memories?
We believe age should never stop you from enjoying time with friends and family, posing for pictures, or feeling beautiful. If wrinkles are beginning to affect your quality of life, it’s time to get a facelift.
Will you be able to schedule time for recovery?
A facelift is a simple surgical procedure: you will be given general anesthesia for 2-5 hours while your surgeon rejuvenates your facial tissues, and return home the same day (due to the effects of anesthesia, we ask our patients to find a ride home with a friend or family member rather than driving themselves).
We ask that all our Johnson City and Kingsport patients be in good health for the surgery; talk with your practitioner if you have any concerns. Certain (but not all) prescriptions may need to be stopped for two weeks leading up to the surgery; individuals prone to blood clots should not undergo a facelift.
If you are in generally good health, a facelift procedure is a simple way to return some of your natural, young look to your face.
What to expect for recovery
Because a facelift involves surgical procedures, your body will need time to recover. We recommend all tri-cities patients spend at least two weeks at home, resting, rather than returning to work or regular activities right away.
Some clients will benefit from pain medicines to reduce inflammation and related pain.
It may take up to eight weeks for clients to fully recover and return to regular activities, so we recommend scheduling this procedure during a season that will not involve large family get-togethers or major work events for several weeks.
If you are able to schedule a few weeks off for recovery, a facelift is a straightforward, quick procedure that can boost your self-confidence and rejuvenate your face.
How will you feel about the results?
What can a facelift accomplish?
A facelift can return your natural glow and erase some of time’s effects. Some results our Johnson City and Kingsport clients see with a facelift include:
● Tightening of slack and loose jowl lines
● Shrinking of deep creases and wrinkles
● Contouring of chin and neck
● Return of skin elasticity
● Toning of the neck and face
If these results are in line with the changes you’d like to make in your face, we’ll be happy to schedule you for a facelift appointment with our tri-cities professionals.
Do results vary from surgeon to surgeon?
Who your plastic surgeon is matters – if your plastic surgeon is a beginner, or does not have an eye for aesthetics, your face could come out of surgery looking unnatural, stretched, or strained. You won’t be happy with the results, and you might regret the procedure.
Dr. Brantner has been practicing for over 30 years, specializing in plastic cosmetic surgery. He takes time to talk with each patient about what they would like from their procedure, and artfully create a face you recognize when you’re done.
When you trust Dr. Brantner with your facelift, you are trusting a professional who has spent his life providing countless facelifts to a variety of individuals just like you.
Considering a facelift? Call us!
If you have any questions about a facelift procedure, or you’re ready to start the process, give our friendly tri-cities office a call! Our professionals will talk with you about restoring some of your youthful glow and helping you feel like yourself again through our easy facelift procedure.
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.
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!
- 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!
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!
First, 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.
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!
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?
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!
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 common 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.