Liposuction – Effective Solution for Stable Body Weight

Liposuction – Effective Solution for Stable Body Weight

Many people think that Liposuction is a magic procedure that helps people dealing with obesity get significant weight loss without any effort. This is not true at all. Liposuction does help in reducing weight but the myths and misconceptions surrounding it have made it a very confusing topic.  We will help you understand what liposuction is and how it can help you lose weight and keep stable body weight.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a fat-removing cosmetic surgery procedure that uses suction methods to remove fat from different areas of the body. It is effective on both men and women and can work perfectly on almost all ages. Fat can be removed from varied areas of the body using this highly effective surgery, including Flanks, Thighs, Buttocks, Abdomen, Back, Face and Neck.

Normally, Liposuction is thought of as a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. However, it is often combined with other types of surgeries that can improve the results even more. Sometimes plastic surgeons might perform liposuction with a tummy tuck to further get a slimmer contour and smoother shape. Liposuction is also used to harvest fat for other procedures such as Brazilian butt lift surgery.

Do You Lose Weight After Liposuction?

As discussed earlier Liposuction is not a magical tool for weight loss, but it holds its own when it comes to weight loss just like a tummy tuck. Liposuction can treat areas of fat that are stubborn and resistant to physical exercise and or diet.

When someone gains weight, the fat cells in their body increase in both size and volume. The liposuction procedure unlike a tummy tuck reduces the amount of fat cells in these isolated areas of fat storage.

If you want to go for liposuction, you shouldn’t expect too dramatic results or significant weight loss as the procedure itself is just a fat removal surgery and nothing more. Get in touch with a certified surgeon to know how much weight you can actually lose. You have to put in the effort of a healthy diet and physical exercise to really get the well-toned and sleek body that you desire.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck

The main difference between these two procedures is how much skin is removed. A tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin, while liposuction removes fat. If you only have a small amount of excess skin, liposuction may be a better option for you. If you have a lot of excess skin, a tummy tuck is the best option.

Both of these procedures are commonly performed to remove fat and improve the appearance of the abdomen. You need to decide which of these procedures is best for you. The results are permanent, so you need to make sure that you are making the right decision. If you are still having trouble deciding, you should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. They will make sure that you are making the right decision by performing consultation and explaining all of your options.

The most important factor in choosing surgery is to make sure that your surgeon performs this surgery on a regular basis and can show you many examples of his/her work. The outcome of the procedure should be one that you are pleased with. Each patient is different, so each patient will have a different approach.

Weight Loss & Excess Skin

After a significant amount of weight loss, many people are left with excess skin. This excess skin can be removed with surgery. There are a few different options for surgery, and the best option will depend on the individual patient. A tummy tuck, liposuction, and arm lift are the most common procedures for excess skin. Liposuction can be used to remove excess abdominal fat, while a tummy tuck procedure and arm lift remove excess abdominal skin. Sagging skin and fatty tissue can be a thing of the past and you get the skin elasticity back too.

What You Can Expect After the Procedure

After surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. You will also need to keep the area dry. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most people take about two weeks to recover. You will be able to return to work after about two weeks.

You should expect to see significant results immediately after surgery. You can expect to be able to return home the day of surgery. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery.

The Benefits of Having a Stable Body Weight

There are many benefits to having a stable body weight. A stable body weight means that you are less likely to develop diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer not to mention that you won’t have any excess fat. You will also have more energy and be able to perform better at work.

Some benefits of stable body weight are:

  • A reduction in the appearance of stretch marks
  • A decrease in the amount of loose skin
  • An improved self-image
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased lifespan
  • Reduced risk for diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Choosing The Right Surgeon

Plastic surgery is a surgical procedure that can last a lifetime if done properly. There are many cases of botched surgeries due to the inexperience and negligence of cosmetic surgeons. You need to be extremely careful while choosing your plastic surgeon as the results can often be quite horrendous if you choose the wrong doctor.

A board-certified surgeon should be your only priority as they have gone through a rigorous filtering system and have all the required experience to perform the cosmetic procedure and get you the desired results.

Dr. Jim Brantner M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Johnson City and has years of experience under his belt. Get your liposuction done by Dr. Brantner to get amazing results. Get in touch with us today to set up a consultation.

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.

Body Contouring for the New Year

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.

Fall in Love with Your Body with SculpSure

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.

How to Shop for Your New Body

How to Shop for Your New Body

New body, new wardrobe. Having a breast augmentation opens up a new world of fashion choices, and most women can’t wait to hit the stores. But as tempting as it is to revamp your entire wardrobe on Day 1, shopping after surgery is more complicated than one might think. Read our post-breast augmentation shopping tips to guarantee a great fit.

Tips for Shopping after a Breast Augmentation

  1. Give it time. You may be tempted to hit the stores the second you’re back on your feet, but patience pays off. Dr. Brantner recommends you go bra-free for the first few weeks to give your implants time to settle. Once you’re back in a comfortable (doctor-approved) bra, stick to buying the basics. It may feel like you’re 100% healed, but there may be some residual swelling. We recommend you wait a few months before shelling out for a new drawer full of bras.
  2. well-fitted braGet fitted. The simplest way to find your new bra size is to get fitted by a professional. But beware: many lingerie stores have notoriously bad practices for fitting bras. We recommend Nordstrom’s bra fitting guide to find the right size.
  3. Remember: size doesn’t matter. You and your physician may have decided on a C-cup, but the bra industry doesn’t have consistent sizing. We’ve had many patients who bought bras in size B, C, and D cups that all fit perfectly. Wear a bra that fits comfortably, and don’t worry if you wind up in “the wrong” cup size.
  4. Talk to your doctor. He’ll be able to tell you when to start shopping for new bras, what to wear during the healing process, and what shopping pitfalls other patients have faced after getting breast implants.

If you’re considering a breast augmentation, it’s important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust. Call Dr. Brantner’s office to schedule your breast augmentation consultation today.

 

How to Reclaim Your Pre-Baby Body

mom and daughter playingMommy Makeovers allow moms to reclaim their confidence, do something special for themselves, and get their pre-baby bodies back. Mothers put their kids’ needs above their own, but sometimes they start to feel like they’re not their own person anymore. A Mommy Makeover isn’t about looking better for your spouse or showing off to the moms at the PTA. It’s about feeling good and loving yourself. That’s why each Mommy Makeover is individualized to meet the needs of the patient.

We want to make it easy for moms to celebrate the things that make them feel beautiful. We’re offering body shaping and rejuvenation specials this spring.

Breast Augmentation

One of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, breast implants allow many women to renew their confidence and reclaim their bodies. Breast augmentations make the breasts fuller, balancing the shape of the body and improving self-image. They can also balance uneven breast tissue or replace lost fullness due to pregnancy or weight loss.

Breast Lift

Many women like the size of their breasts, but are unhappy with the loss of elasticity due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, or heredity. A mastopexy, or breast lift procedure, removes excess skin and lifts the breasts, resulting in more youthful, lifted breasts. Breast lift surgery does not reduce the size of the breasts, but it may give the illusion of smaller breasts. Because of this, breast lifts can be performed alone or with breast augmentations.

Tummy Tuck

Many new mothers feel self-conscious about the appearance of their abdomens. Pregnancy often results in excess skin and fat in the stomach, as well as weakened or separated abdominal muscles. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck procedure, removes excess fat and skin and knits weakened muscles back together, resulting in a smoother, tighter tummy.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift reshapes the contours of the upper legs by removing excess skin and fat. A mom with low elasticity in her skin may not easily return to her pre-baby body, even if she loses weight through diet and exercise. A thigh lift smooths the loose skin and fat on the thighs, giving each patient a firmer, more balanced body.

Do you feel unhappy with your post-baby body? Call Dr. Brantner’s office to schedule a Mommy Makeover consultation.

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