Before Getting a Facelift: What You Need to Know

Before Getting a Facelift: What You Need to Know

Getting a facelift is one of the most popular and effective plastic surgery procedures in America. But before you go ahead with this procedure, it’s important to understand what to expect. We’re going to talk about the benefits of having a facelift, as well as some things that you may want to think about before making your decision.

What is a Facelift?

The perfect way to describe a facelift is that it’s an operation designed in order to tighten loose skin and muscles around the neck and face. When you get older, your body produces less collagen (a protein that adds volume), resulting in facial changes such as:

– Lines or wrinkles on the forehead

– Drooping eyebrows

– Sagging lower eyelids

– Sagging jowls or neck areas

These are all factors that contribute to a face, which can make you look older than your age. A facelift is one of the best and most effective ways for restoring younger-looking skin without having to resort to drastic measures like surgery on other parts of your body.

Benefits of Having a Facelift:

There are many benefits and advantages to getting a facelift. People report increased feelings of confidence, self-esteem as well as happiness after having the procedure done. That’s because people who have had this surgery look more refreshed and younger than they did before the operation took place. Some patients say that they feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of their shoulders after the surgery because it’s allowed them to have better confidence in themselves and how others perceive them.

But, before you go ahead with this procedure, it’s important to understand what to expect.

Who Should Not Get a Facelift?

People who should not get a facelift are those with serious medical conditions such as:

– Significant high blood pressure that can’t be controlled by medication or other treatments. This is because a facelift requires the patient to have both good circulation as well as overall heart health in order for everything to go smoothly during and after surgery.

– Uncontrolled diabetes. The same reasoning as to why people with high blood pressure shouldn’t get a facelift also applies to those who have uncontrolled cases of diabetes.

– Serious respiratory problems or lung conditions such as chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema should avoid getting this surgery because it requires the patient to be in good overall health.

– People who are in poor overall condition or have a weak immune system should not get this surgery because their bodies are already unable to recover from certain causes of stress and therefore can’t handle the added burden of going through facial cosmetic changes.

What You Need to Know:

You should know that you can’t undo or reverse this procedure once it takes place. That means if for some reason you aren’t happy with the results, you’ll have to live with it for as long as you want. If that’s something that makes you nervous or uneasy about having a facelift, then maybe this isn’t right for you and your body.

You should also know what steps are involved in getting a facelift done before going ahead with it because there are risks and dangers that are associated with this type of surgery.

As with any surgery, you’ll need to allow time for your body and skin to heal properly. That means not doing things like picking up heavy objects or working out until the doctor says it’s okay. It can take anywhere from two weeks all the way up to six months before you’re fully recovered so patience is key when dealing with this


There are a lot of benefits to getting a facelift done. If you’re serious about having it done, then make sure you know what steps are involved in the process before going ahead with it because there’s no going back once it takes place. That is why it’s important to know all of the facts and details at your disposal before making this type of decision.

Dr. Jim Brantner M.D.  is a leading expert in cosmetic surgery. He believes that every patient deserves the best possible care and attention during their time under his supervision so they can feel completely at ease with how everything is being handled throughout the course of their treatment plan, from start to finish.

Is a facelift right for me?

Is a facelift right for me?

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?

What a facelift involves

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.

November Spotlight: The Mini Facelift

November Spotlight: The Mini Facelift

We understand that every patient’s journey is unique. Some patients want major smoothing and facial recontouring, while others prefer the subtlety of non-surgical options. Other patients fall somewhere in the middle. We also understand that cosmetic procedures can put a strain on the wallet. That’s why we’ve started our monthly specials program, offering discounts on popular procedures throughout the year.

Our November Special offers patients 15% off S-Lift procedures. Which leaves the questions: “What is an S-Lift?” and “Is it right for me?”

What Is an S-Lift?

smooth-skin middle aged womanAn S-Lift is, essentially, a “mini facelift.” It targets the lower face, lifting the cheeks and jowls for a more youthful appearance. It gets its name from the small, S-shaped incisions the surgeon places in front of the ear. The mini facelift is a popular choice for patients who want more youthful features, but aren’t ready for a full facelift. S-Lifts have shorter recovery times than the traditional facelift. They also cost less out-of-pocket. Because the S-Lift is less invasive than a full facelift and requires no general anesthesia, Dr. Brantner can perform the procedure in his office.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

To determine if an S-Lift is right for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I dissatisfied with my appearance?
  • Do I have wrinkles or sagging skin on my cheeks or jaw?
  • Am I in relatively good health?
  • Can I take 3-5 days off work for recovery?

If you answered yes to these questions, take advantage of our S-Lift savings this November. Call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to schedule an S-Lift consultation with Dr. Brantner.

Healthy Skin Care after a Facelift

When you have any kind of facial or body rejuvenation procedure, Dr. Brantner will give you instructions for after your surgery. These include everything from post-op care to ensuring a low-pain recovery. But many patients ignore one crucial area of post-op recovery: skin care. Proper skin care after a surgery will improve results, help patients heal faster, and extend the life of a cosmetic procedure. Make the most of your plastic surgery with these post-surgery skin care tips.

Minimizing Scars

When performing cosmetic surgery, Dr. Brantner makes small, precise incisions to reduce scarring. However, all cosmetic procedures involve minimal scarring. Patients can reduce the visibility of surgical scars by:

  • Following Dr. Brantner’s post-surgery instructions
  • Keeping the wound clean and covered as it heals
  • Keeping the scar out of direct sunlight
  • Using mild, unscented soaps
  • Applying fragrance-free moisturizer to the wound after suture removal
  • Refraining from smoking and drinking, which dry the skin

Post-Facelift Skin Care

smooth, healthy skinPatients who implement a regular skin care regime after facial rejuvenation have better results. Whether you’ve had a non-surgical chemical peel, an injectible filler procedure, or a facelift, you can increase the longevity of your regained youthful appearance by properly caring for your skin after a facial procedure.

  • Follow any post-op instructions provided by Dr. Brantner and his staff
  • Stop using topical medicines (for the timespan indicated by Dr. Brantner in your surgical consultation)
  • Use mild, fragrance-free soaps and lotions
  • Moisturize daily
  • Stop using makeup until directed by Dr. Brantner, and always wash off makeup at night
  • Avoid direct sunlight during recovery and apply sunscreen year-round
  • Don’t touch or pick stitches, scars, or scabs
  • Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated

A chemical peel, Botox treatment, or facelift surgery can reduce lines and wrinkles, giving patients more youthful skin. Make your cosmetic procedure more effective by practicing post-procedure skin care as recommended by Dr. Brantner.

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4 Signs You’re Ready for a Facelift

pre-op faceliftWhen you reach a certain age, it seems like everyone is whispering about facial rejuvenation. Celebrities are no strangers to facelifts (good and bad), but neither are friends, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow churchgoers. If you’re trying to decide whether to schedule cosmetic surgery, consider these 4 signs you’re ready for a facelift.

  1. You’re unhappy with your appearance. Cosmetic surgery isn’t about vanity or achieving eternal youth. Plastic surgery is about feeling confident in your own skin. If you find yourself avoiding mirrors, photographs, or large events because you’re dissatisfied with your appearance, it may be time to make some changes. For many men and women, a facelift is just the confidence boost they need to start living again.
  2. Creams, collagen injections, and chemical peels have lost their appeal. When patients start smoothing the appearance of lines and creases on the face, they often begin with smaller procedures. If Botox, injectable fillers, and chemical peels are ineffective at reducing signs of aging, you may consider a more permanent facial rejuvenation procedure.
  3. You have deep lines and wrinkles. Regardless of age and plastic surgery history, some lines and creases are too deep to remove with non-surgical procedures. If you’re unhappy with the wrinkles and lines on your face, call Dr. Brantner’s office for more information about facial rejuvenation surgery.
  4. Your skin is beginning to sag. Many men and women decide to get full facelifts when the skin on their eyelids, cheeks, and jowls begin to sag. Patients who undergo face- or neck lifts before their skin loses too much elasticity will usually get better, longer lasting results.

If you’re considering a cosmetic facelift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brantner. He’ll inform you about the benefits of full facelifts, mini in-office facelifts, and smaller procedures like eye lifts. He will then help you determine which procedures is best to achieve your ideal appearance.

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Elements of a Facelift

preparing for facelift surgeryMost patients know that when they decide to rejuvenate their features, a facelift will help achieve a more youthful look. Facelifts smooth wrinkles, minimize creases, and lift sagging skin, returning a patient’s features to a more youthful appearance. But what many people don’t know is that the term “facelift” includes several smaller procedures. Each of these procedures can be undertaken solitarily, combined with body rejuvenation procedures, or used as part of a whole facial rejuvenation surgery.

Brow Lift

A brow lift is the surgical equivalent of a Botox injection. Instead of injecting a temporary, localized treatment into the muscle between the brows, a brow lift permanently lifts the skin on the forehead, minimizing wrinkles between the eyebrows and on the forehead. By restoring the eyebrows to their natural position on the forehead, Dr. Brantner can give his patients a more youthful and alert appearance.

Eyelid Surgery

As men and women age, they often find their eyelids drooping with time. This may lead to:

  • Bags under the eyes
  • Skin forming into creases and wrinkles under the eyes
  • Drooping skin on the lower eyelids that often reveals the whites of the eyes
  • Puffy, fatty deposits in the eyelids
  • Loose skin and wrinkles on the upper eyelid
  • Sagging skin above the eyelid that may impair vision

In the case of impaired vision, eyelid surgery is covered by some medical insurance companies. Eyelid surgery can reduce wrinkles, creases, puffiness, and sagging skin around the eyes. With lower eyelid rejuvenation, the mid-face is lifted. This improves cheek prominence, makes the lower lids look more youthful, and smooths the crease beside the upper lip.


One of the few cosmetic procedures as popular with men as it is with women, necklift surgery smooths and lifts sagging skin around the neck and jawline. It can also reduce the appearance of muscle banding in the neck, remove excess fat under the chin, and reduce or eliminate jowls. Necklift surgery is often performed with a full facelift procedure, but is also commonly chosen by patients whose upper facial features are still smooth and youthful.

Dr. Brantner can perform a variety of small procedures to restore youthfulness to the face. To schedule a facelift consultation, a full facelift, or an in-office facelift procedure, call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Johnson City, TN.

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