Which Juvederm Injectable Filler Is Right for You?

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.

Injectables: Fact VS Fiction

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.

Men, Women, & Wrinkles: Non-Surgical Procedures Just For You

Men, Women, & Wrinkles: Non-Surgical Procedures Just For You

eye wrinklesResearch has shown that women tend to have more wrinkles around the mouth than men. However, men are more prone to develop wrinkles near their eyes. Just because you are prone to wrinkles doesn’t mean you have to live with them. We provide non-surgical procedures such as Juvederm and Botox that can minimize those lines that make you feel less confident.

Wrinkles & Women

There are fewer sweat glands and blood vessels around a woman’s mouth. The lack of sweat glands and blood vessels cause facial skin to have a decreased amount of elasticity. This significantly contributes to the development of smile lines. If you aren’t too keen on wrinkles around the mouth, we have non-surgical procedures that can smooth unwanted lines and restore some of the lost elasticity to the skin.

At our office, you can opt for injectable fillers such as Juvederm or fat injections. These non-surgical procedures treat the creases and wrinkles that develop around the mouth. With a Juvederm treatment, the results typically last one year. Fat injections are usually permanent.

Wrinkles & Men

Men may not develop wrinkles around the mouth as easily as women, but they do develop wrinkles around their eyes and forehead. These wrinkles are the result of frowning, concentrating, or squinting for many years. Thankfully, we have a non-surgical procedure that can help: Botox!

Botox isn’t just for women. It’s a safe solution for the treatment of wrinkles near the eyes and forehead, and it’s growing in popularity with men who want a subtle refresh of their appearance. Botox lasts roughly four months. After several treatments, the effects of the injection become more effective and last for longer periods of time.

Do you have questions about our non-surgical procedures? Feel free to contact Dr. Brantner’s office today!

May Special: 15% Off Botox and Juvederm!

May Special: 15% Off Botox and Juvederm!

Dr. Brantner has a new special for the month of May–15% off botox, juvederm voluma, and juvederm smiling womanvolbella! These non-surgical procedures may be similar, but they provide patients with different results. Let’s take a look at what these injections do!

Botox, perhaps the most well-known of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, is primarily used to improve the appearance of frown lines. This procedure is designed to help smooth out wrinkles between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, and forehead wrinkles. An injection usually lasts about three months, but after regular injections, results begin to last longer. Botox is also FDA approved to treat migraine headaches.

Juvederm is primarily used to treat smile lines, which look like parenthesis that open around the mouth. It is also used to fill in scars and hollow places in the face. Juvederm voluma is used to add volume and lift cheeks, while Juvederm volbella is used to plump, smooth, and augment the lips, to correct smoker’s lines, and to fill in scars and hollow places in the face, including acne scars. These treatments usually last about a year.

At Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, patients can be sure they’re getting the best quality cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures in East Tennessee. We take patient care very seriously. Dr. Brantner is proud to have three decades in civilian practice, and continues to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Contact us with questions or concerns. We have flexible payment options and would love to hear from you!


The 411 on Spring Facial Rejuvenation

The 411 on Spring Facial Rejuvenation

Do you want smoother, fresher features this summer? Dr. Brantner’s office has facial rejuvenation procedures to suit your needs, no matter what you’re looking for. Our surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation is subtle and effective, so your friends and family will say, “You look amazing, but I can’t put my finger on the difference.”

Everything You Need to Know about Facial Rejuvenation

At Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Johnson City, we want you to find the best procedure for you. How do we do that? By giving you as much information as possible before you schedule a consultation. Check out our best blogs on facial rejuvenation.

This April, we’re offering 15% off facial rejuvenation procedures. Whether you want a mini facelift, a non-surgical procedure, or a full facelift, now is the perfect time to schedule your procedure. That youthful glow is within reach!

Rejuvenate the Skin with Juvederm

The holidays have a way of shedding light on the aspects of our lives we’d like to change. For many of us that means rethinking our priorities, finding more time for the people we love, and attempting to come to terms with what we dislike about our physical appearance. If you’re lacking self-confidence this holiday season, there’s no need to put on a brave face. Juvederm is a non-surgical procedure that subtly smooths and lifts sagging skin, giving you a youthful glow (and a brighter smile) just in time for holiday photos.

What is Juvederm?

Juvaderm is an injectable filler that adds volume to the skin, temporarily minimizing the effects of age. The gel is injected around the mouth to treat moderate to servere lines around the nose, chin, and cheeks. Juvederm is approved for use in patients over 21 years of age. The anti-aging effects generally last around one year.

Candidates for Juvederm Injections

doctor injecting a fillerIf you’re dissatisfied with wrinkles and sagging in the skin around your mouth, but aren’t ready for a full surgical facelift, you might be a candidate for Juvederm. Juvederm injections take less than 30 minutes and require minimal recovery. Temporary side effects may include tenderness, itching, bruising, swelling, bumps, or discoloration around the injection site. Most side effects are mild and should last no longer than 7 days. Juvederm might be right for you if:

  • You have deep lines around the nose, mouth, and chin
  • You want a longer lasting but ultimately temporary solution to facial aging
  • You have discussed your desired aesthetic with Dr. Brantner
  • You have given Dr. Brantner a complete list of your current medications and known allergies
  • You have several weeks available before any holiday functions to schedule your cosmetic procedure

Are you interested in a non-surgical cosmetic procedure? Call Dr. Brantner’s office to schedule a consultation.

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