4 Myths of Plastic Surgery

4 Myths of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a broad term used to describe any kind of cosmetic or reconstructive medical procedure performed by a specially trained surgeon. The purpose is to improve the appearance, function, and self-esteem of the patient. It may also be done to restore physical features lost due to injury or disease. In the United States, plastic surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which has a rigorous testing procedure. Most procedures are performed on the face, breast, head, or neck.

In recent years there has been a big increase in non-surgical procedures such as chemical peels to treat acne scarring and Botox injections to stop wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions. Other options include hair transplants, laser skin resurfacing, and breast enhancements.

Because of the growing number of people who want to improve their appearance or help people born with birth defects without going under the knife, there are more myths regarding plastic surgery than ever before. Read on for some commonly believed plastic surgery myths debunked:

1) Plastic surgery procedures are always painful

While it is true that some plastic surgery procedures require the use of anesthesia, many do not. For example, people who want to get rid of their acne scars in order to improve their self-image can have a chemical peel done instead. This procedure uses alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which exfoliates skin to make it smoother and more even in color. It is not painful but gives the same results as surgery. Even Botox injections are completely painless.  The wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions (such as lines on a forehead) can be treated with botulinum toxin type A that paralyzes muscles and makes wrinkles disappear.

2) Plastic surgery is only for the rich

Plastic surgery is not expensive if you choose wisely. There are some procedures that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but there are also procedures available for a low price. The most common mistake people make when thinking about plastic surgery is to give in to pressure and get work done that is unnecessary. It is true that the better the surgeon, the higher the price will be. But an experienced and highly skilled cosmetic surgeon will help you decide what procedure is right for you and only offer recommendations for surgery that will result in a natural-looking outcome.

3) All plastic surgeons are basically alike

This couldn’t be further from the truth. While all plastic surgeons must pass a rigorous examination to become board-certified, there are many different levels of experience. A new surgeon will have far less experience than a doctor who has been in practice for years. Consider going to someone with a proven track record for reconstructive procedures such as breast reconstruction after cancer treatment or for helping women who have a hard time breastfeeding.  Avoid the young doctor just learning the trade for shape-ups and other minor procedures.

4) Plastic surgery is for people who want to look like someone else

It might surprise you to find out that only about 10% of all plastic surgeries performed are what most people would call “cosmetic.” The rest are procedures that help people born with birth defects or recover from trauma. For example, someone who suffered an injury during a car accident and had the use of their hand lost can get a procedure called key-hole surgery to restore movement in their limb. It’s important to know what is possible when considering plastic surgery.

Conclusion

Plastic surgery is a good option if you want to improve your appearance or help someone who was born with physical defects. While it can be tempting to get work done so that you will look just like the celebrity of your choice, avoid this. You will probably end up being very unhappy with the results and will have wasted a lot of money. Instead, it is better to find a doctor who will be honest with you and help you choose the right procedure for your needs.

Dr. Jim Brantner MD has been providing exceptional plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments in Tennessee. Get in touch today to book your consultation.

7 Plastic Surgery Trends That Will Be Huge in 2021

7 Plastic Surgery Trends That Will Be Huge in 2021

Last year, 2020 was normal until around mid-March. Our world completely flipped upside-down when COVID-19 paid a visit to the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that hospitals and outpatient facilities limit non-essential elective surgeries during the pandemic.

Now that coronavirus cases are declining, elective surgeries are on the rise again; however, hospitals and facilities still practice safety measures. Between quarantine and stay-at-home ordinances, people have had more time alone to think about cosmetic procedures. The pandemic also warranted more virtual work environments, which caused people to look at themselves more over their webcam.

A new year brings new trends to explore. Plastic surgeries in 2021 may look a little different, though some will be repeats of previous years. Trends fade in and out, but the following 7 trends are guaranteed to be huge and in high demand this year among patients and cosmetic surgeons.

1. Browplasty (Brow Lift)

Brow lifts are one of many ways to spruce up your face. Wearing face masks has made people hyper-aware of their eyes and eyebrows. A brow lift, known as browplasty, aims to reduce wrinkles and creases that form over time across the forehead and between the eyes.

This procedure also improves the vertical frown lines that appear between the eyebrows. Browplasty raises sagging eyebrows that hang over the upper eyelids. Overall, it reorients the eyebrows into a more youthful position.

During a brow lift procedure, other surgeries can be performed, such as upper and lower eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) and facelifts.

2. Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)

Even though our noses are mostly covered under face masks in the pandemic era, they are still a prominent facial feature that people are likely to notice, especially on a Zoom video call. Rhinoplasty, or the reshaping of the nose, is a common cosmetic procedure.

Rhinoplasty is now available as a surgery or “liquid” procedure. Contrary to classic nose surgery, liquid rhinoplasty is getting more popular because it’s a liquid injection of hyaluronic acid (HA). Rather than going under the knife, you can opt for the non-surgical approach.

The HA injection works to reshape the nose in a safer way than going through surgery. Choosing the best option for you depends on the extent of your desired nose job.

3. Laser Resurfacing

Rather than trying to reverse the signs of aging, 2021 is the year people are getting into anti-aging. Younger people are taking preventative measures to make their youthfulness last longer, especially because they may be under harsh lighting on camera.

Laser resurfacing is attracting a wider audience of young people. Many people starting in their early 20s are considering laser resurfacing, which refers to removing the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and allowing it to grow back.

Once the laser removes the outer layer, it heats the dermis (the next layer of skin) and stimulates the collagen fibers to grow. As the epidermis heals, it comes back much smoother and tighter.

4. Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation is a broad term for multiple ways you can revitalize your face. Types of facial rejuvenation include laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, and facelifts. Laser resurfacing is a common type of facial rejuvenation treatment among young adults.

Similar to a chemical peel, microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure that renews skin tone and texture. Patients who request microdermabrasion may have sun damage, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, or other skin conditions that have left them feeling insecure. This deep exfoliation treatment will leave your face feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Facelifts were more common among aging adults in the 1970s and 1980s. Their main purpose was to tighten the skin on and around the face, including loose skin around the neck. This treatment is the least popular option in facial rejuvenation treatments now because it’s age-reversing rather than anti-aging.

5. Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, also called enlargement or enhancement, will continue to be a popular cosmetic surgery. Technological and surgical advancements have changed the science of breast augmentation.

These improvements have helped reduce recovery times and lessen pain. However, the procedure is still the same: the surgeon places silicone or saline implants in each breast to enhance its size and shape.

6. Non-Surgical Injectable Fillers

In general, there has been an increase in non-surgical treatments, mostly due to pain, cost, and recovery time.

Botox is a popular facial injection that temporarily smooths skin. Its popularity is due in part to its short recovery time. However, the results are not permanent, and treatment must be repeated two to three times a year.

Facial fillers are generally made of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and hydroxyapatite. Fillers reduce wrinkles, raise depression wounds from scarring, enhance lips, and restore soft tissue. Fillers are often used with Botox to lengthen the time before more treatments are needed.

7. Body Contouring

Liposuction and CoolSculpting, also known as body contouring, have been on the rise and will continue their upswing throughout 2021. During quarantine, many people gained the “quarantine 15,” which refers to a 15-pound weight gain resulting from the stay-at-home orders of COVID-19.

Liposuction uses a suction technique to remove fat from parts of the body. The most popular areas to remove fat among men and women are in the hips, thighs, upper arms, and abdomen.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that essentially freezes and kills fat cells, causing the treated area to melt away. Following treatment, your body will naturally wipe out the dead cells in one to three months.

Call Dr. Jim Brantner, M.D. for Your 2021 Plastic Surgery Goals in Johnson City, TN

Make 2021 your year to look and feel your best. To schedule a consultation, call the office of Dr. Jim Brantner at (423) 328-9000 or send a message. Dr. Brantner services the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee.

Debunking Common Plastic Surgery Myths

Debunking Common Plastic Surgery Myths

According to 2017 annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, over 17.5 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the US.

For many individuals, plastic surgery offers a way to turn back the sands of time, improving both the way they look and feel.

Non-invasive procedures such as dermal fillers and laser treatments have grown in popularity, and even traditionally invasive procedures are now less invasive with developments in technology, contributing to their growth in demand.

Plastic and reconstructive surgery are a popular area of discussion. With new levels of interest in these techniques, it is important to do research into who will be operating on you. If you are considering plastic surgery, it is necessary to first debunk a few common myths, leaving you prepared for your future appointment.

Invest in Yourself

Whether you need medically necessary reconstructive surgery or a cosmetic boost in confidence, plastic surgery can help. When making this decision, however, it is important to seek out a certified surgeon with the experience and satisfied clientele to back up their claims. You only get one body, so make sure to take good care of yours by fully researching any decisions.

Myth #1 – Every Cosmetic Surgeon is A ‘Real’ Plastic Surgeon

Having a valid medical license is all that is required to allow a physician to call themselves a plastic surgeon. It is essential to research any plastic surgeon before allowing them to operate on you. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery do have differences.

Dr. Jim Brantner is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform many different procedures. When you trust him with your surgery, you are in good hands.

Myth #2 – All Certifications Are Equal

The American Board of Plastic Surgery, or ABPS, certification is what you need to look for when considering who will perform your surgery. Attaining this certification requires 6 to 9 years of training, followed by an extensive written and oral examination.

Other certifications may not be as extensive, meaning that you may be at risk. Take care when selecting your surgeon.

Myth #3 – Procedures Are Always Done in Accredited Facilities

Non-certified plastic surgeons do not have to operate in accredited facilities. Plastic surgery is still surgery, so it is important to be operated on in a place where your health is being protected.

Besides working out of a few hospitals, Dr. Brantner also has an in-house facility. The East Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center offers the best in modern technology for those who need a 23 hour stay or less. Other facilities include:

 

  • Johnson City Medical Center
  • Franklin Woods Community Hospital

 

No matter the procedure, Dr. Brantner will do whatever it takes to make sure your health is put first.

Myth #4 – Questioning your Surgeon is Rude

This is your body and surgery is a serious procedure that is both expensive and comes with a certain level of risk. Any plastic surgeon who truly cares about the work they do will never hesitate to answer your questions, make sure you are informed about any risks, and showcase results from their past work.

Dr. Jim Brantner is ready to answer any question you may have regarding your procedure. Knowledge is key to understanding how the body works and how to best recover from surgery.

Myth #5 – Plastic Surgery is Only for the Rich and Famous

Decades ago plastic surgery was a “luxury” confined to those with the levels of income necessary to subsidize procedures. However, plastic surgery and cosmetic techniques have come a long way since then, and are both socially and economically viable options for anyone from any walk of life or level of income.

And you don’t usually need to pay upfront. Many providers offer in-house financing options with favorable terms to help you achieve your goals without putting you or your family into financial hardship.

Myth #6 – Only Women Have Plastic Surgery

Untrue. Men are just as self-conscious about their appearance as are women (even though they may openly talk about it less than their female counterparts).

Every year more men are turning more to plastic surgery to achieve a youthful and fit appearance.

Myth #7 – A Good Plastic Surgery Job Will Not Leave Scars

Any type of “invasive” surgery that requires incisions will result in some kind of scarring. However, skilled plastic surgeons and the latest techniques and technology have come a long way in greatly minimizing scarring.

If you have concerns be sure to discuss them with your surgeon.

Myth #8 – Plastic Surgery Lasts Forever

While plastic surgery is designed to provide long-term, nothing lasts forever. A number of factors will determine how long your surgical results will prevail. Healthy lifestyle habits such as staying away from smoking and alcohol, as well as a balanced diet, good sleep habits and regular exercise can all help.

Hire the Right Professional for Your Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

At Jim Brantner Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we treat you with dignity and respect. The decision to have plastic surgery can be a very personal one, and we would love to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Dr. Jim Brantner is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery. With both military and civilian experience, Dr. Jim Brantner is able to serve a variety of needs.

5 Questions to Ask your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultant

5 Questions to Ask your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultant

For residents of the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton) Tennessee, vaginal rejuvenation is a lesser discussed, yet helpful treatment for many women living with discomfort, pain or in need of aesthetic or functional improvement.

Our Bodies Change Over Time – and that’s ok

It’s a perfectly natural process for a woman’s body to change over time. Whether from aging, childbirth or other factors, these changes can be both unsightly as well as uncomfortable, and in some cases even painful.

Luckily, modern medicine and the advent of vaginal cosmetic procedures have made it possible for women just like you to roll back the sands of time and rejuvenate their vaginas, brining them back to their former look and feel.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Options for Tri-Cities residents of: Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton

These procedures, both surgical and non-surgical are known collectively as “Vaginal Rejuvenation” procedures, and provide women with a way to improve their self-esteem, enhance their sexual satisfaction and comfortability, and alleviate pain and discomfort.

Potential Benefits for Tri-Cities, TN residents

While benefits of the different types of procedures vary slightly, they most effectively address the dual purpose of tightening the vaginal canal and reshaping the outer vulva.

Questions to Ask your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultant

If you’re considering vaginal rejuvenation procedures, read on to learn more about the top five questions you should ask your medical practitioner prior to the procedure.

Question 1: Am I A Good Candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Thanks to recent advances in vaginal rejuvenation technology, the majority of women are good candidates for a procedure of some type, though more risks and greater recovery time are associated with those procedures which are more invasive.

However, not everyone is a good fit, and you’ll want to consult with your vaginal rejuvenation surgeon to find out for sure. For example, while non-surgical procedures are generally considered an option for a wider range of women, those women with “a pacemaker or an automatic implantable cardioverty/defibrillator (AICD)” are less likely to be candidates.

Each case is different, and the risks and benefits of each type of procedure should be discussed with your vaginal rejuvenation consultant and your plastic surgeon. The degree of vaginal laxity plays a large part in deciding whether or not to take a surgical route for many women. Those women with only a minor degree of vaginal laxity can expect the desired results from a non-surgical procedure, such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation or laser vaginal rejuvenation.

Question 2: How Long Will Recovery Take?

Non-surgical procedures such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation, sometimes known by brand names such as Geneveve, or laser vaginal rejuvenation, typically require minimal downtime after the procedure, while surgical options may require 2-5 days of downtime.

Women who suspect they may need a more invasive procedure, such as surgery, should plan ahead to take time off work or arrange for childcare well in advance of the procedure. Those women who follow a healthy diet and exercise plan and generally follow a healthy lifestyle will commonly experience shorter and easier recovery periods.

Your plastic surgeon will be able to recommend any lifestyle changes which might make the recovery process easier.

Question 3: What is the Process for the Procedure?

The process for a surgical procedure, such as a labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, will be somewhat different than a non-surgical procedure such as radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation or laser vaginal rejuvenation, due to the more invasive process of a surgery.

Most surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedures can be performed in under an hour in the operating room, according to Real Self of Seattle, but will require advance preparation at the hospital and some recovery time at the hospital afterward before returning home to bedrest.

Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation requires almost no advance prep, and no recovery time in the office after the 30-minute procedure is finished. However, your vaginal rejuvenation consultant and your plastic surgeon will be able to explain the process in detail prior to the start of the procedure and help quell any anxiety you might be feeling.

Question 4: What Risks Should I Be Aware Of?

While scientific advances in vaginal rejuvenation procedures have made both surgical and non-surgical procedures safer and easier than ever, any medical procedure does carry some risk.

That said, there is typically very little downtime for these procedures, ranging from no more than 2-5 days for surgical options, and none at all for non-surgical procedures. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the specific risks to be aware of in your unique case, allowing you to make an informed choice of vaginal rejuvenation procedure.

Question 5: What Results Will I See?

Results are generally positive, but will vary depending on your unique situation, symptoms, and body. In the majority of cases women can expect benefits such as:

  • Increased self-confidence and an improved self-image
  • Greater sexual drive and satisfaction
  • Improved vaginal laxity following pregnancy, childbirth, aging, or other causes

Most women will begin to see results from a surgical procedure once healing and any associated swelling or light bruising has diminished. While some non-surgical procedures get better over time, with full benefits being realized within 2-3 months post-procedure. Your plastic surgeon will be able to describe the timeline for full benefits to reveal themselves based on your individual procedure.

Final Thoughts

Advances in vaginal rejuvenation procedures have made it possible for women of all ages and in all stages of life to regain the youthful vaginal area they desire. Thanks to a range of both surgical and non-surgical procedures, a vaginal rejuvenation option exists for almost every woman’s circumstances and preferences.

If you’re ready to learn more about the procedures and are interested in finding out if you’re a good candidate, contact Jim Brantner, M.D., your local Tri-Cities plastic and reconstructive surgery professional. His friendly team is ready to help.

Who Can Benefit from a Mommy Makeover?

Who Can Benefit from a Mommy Makeover?

There are few occurrences that cause more strain on a woman’s body than parenting. From the initial physiological stress of pregnancy to the trauma of childbirth and following endless late nights and long days that come with motherhood. While being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences on earth, many women end up feeling, and looking, at least a little worse for wear due to it.

Thankfully, the Mommy Makeover is here to save the day. Dr. Jim Brantner and his team of friendly medical professionals has helped countless local Tri-City, TN area residents of Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton look and feel better.

A mommy makeover involves a combination of surgical or non-surgical procedures that allows women who want to go back to looking their best, regain their youthful appearance, shape and feel. While the combination of procedures can be customized to suit your unique needs, there are some general facts to consider when choosing whether to undergo a Mommy Makeover.

Who can Benefit from a Mommy Makeover?

The “multi-procedure” Mommy Makeover, which involves some combination of liposuction, tummy tuck and breast lift was originally made popular on reality tv and social media, but now is available in the Tri-City, TN area, where residents of Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and Elizabethton can enjoy all the benefits this treatment has to offer.

A mommy makeover can be tailored and customized to help treat any number of aesthetic and other issues faced by women, including but not limited to:

  • Weight gain from causes such as pregnancy, stress or decreased self-care
  • Increased excess skin from a cycle of weight gains and losses, or from stretching during pregnancy
  • Stretch marks and skin that doesn’t “bounce back” like it used to
  • Weakness, loss of structure and general distortion of shape in the abdominal muscles and belly area
  • Increased breast sagging
  • Wrinkles or loss of elasticity and vibrancy of skin
  • Cellulite
  • Vaginal appearance, discomfort or looseness
  • And more…

Every woman wants to look and feel tight, toned, and sleek, not sagging and bagging. While having children can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life, childbirth and pregnancy take a heavy toll on a woman’s skin, muscle tone and general appearance, especially in the abdominal and breast region. The combination of liposuction, tummy tuck and breast lift found in a Mommy Makeover addresses all these concerns, typically in a single session under the knife.

What is a Mommy Makeover Procedure Like?

The classic Mommy Makeover combination of liposuction, tummy tuck and breast lift is essentially a combination of surgeries. Most surgeons prefer to perform this complex procedure under general anesthesia to ensure maximum comfort and minimal memory of the event.

For a procedure like this, involving general anesthesia, the patient is required to set aside time for prep work at the hospital, in addition to recovery time in the hospital afterwards and potentially several days of recovery time at home.

Liposuction – Liposuction helps to contour the body and help it regain a sleeker, more pleasing shape by removing stubborn pockets of fat which don’t respond to diet and exercise.

Tummy Tuck – A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat around the abdominal area, and also addresses separated or traumatized abdominal muscles to create a firmer, smoother abdominal look and shape

Breast Lift – A breast lift reduces the sagging of the breast tissue which typically follows pregnancy and breastfeeding, and is also usually combined with breast augmentation, which adds fullness to the breasts and creates a more rounded shape.

Other Procedures – A mommy makeover may also involve any other number of procedures including:

  • Sculpsure
  • Injectable fillers
  • Face, neck and brow lifts
  • Rhinoplasty / nose jobs
  • Non-surgical laser treatments
  • Vaginal rejuvenation & tightening
  • And more…

No matter what your goals, Dr. Jim Brantner can help. If you’re in the Tri-city, TN area, call or stop by his office today to learn more.

What Benefits Will I See with a Mommy Makeover?

The well-known Mommy Makeover combination of liposuction and tummy tuck addresses the sagging skin and excess fat many women pick up during pregnancy or through the stress of parenting.

The addition of a breast lift, and possibly breast augmentation creates a trifecta of image-perfecting procedures: in addition to toning, slimming and reshaping the abdominal area and removing excess fat from other areas of the body as needed via liposuction and a tummy tuck, a breast lift will also address sagging breasts and loss of shape from pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Adding a breast augmentation on top of this creates not only lifted and more youthful breasts, but also fuller, rounder ones. Together, all these procedures create a slimmer, tighter figure, plus full, rounder, perkier breasts. Look out, world, here comes a hot mama!

What are the Risks?

As with any surgical procedure, a Mommy Makeover has risks, and while most women find the risks to be well worth the gain, each individual should discuss her unique medical situation with her doctor before scheduling any surgical procedure.

Final Thoughts

While we may not be able to physically turn back time, when it comes to regaining one’s youthful shape, time travel has now been made possible. While the benefits of a Mommy Makeover might seem frivolous or self-serving, no woman can deny how much happier, more confident or more alive she feels when she knows she’s looking her best.

For the devoted mothers of the world, a Mommy Makeover might be just the thing they need to start feeling on top of their world again. Call or stop by our local Johnson City, TN office today. Our friendly team of medical professionals would love to learn more about how we can help.