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.

Plastic Surgery Trends in 2018

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!

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  • 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!

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.

Why Winter is the Best Time for Plastic Surgery

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!

The Rising Popularity of Eyelid Lifts

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? eyelid lift

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!

Get Rid of that Turkey Gobbler Before the Holidays!

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 coolder female patientmmon 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.