Weighing Your Anesthesia Options for a Mommy Makeover

Weighing Your Anesthesia Options for a Mommy Makeover

Motherhood can take a heavy toll on a woman’s body. All those long days and late nights caring
for your family can leave your body feeling drained and looking exhausted. While you wouldn’t
dream of trading those precious memories of your family for your youthful looks, you may wish
there was a way to get back your self-confidence and vitality without stepping into a time
machine.
Thankfully, for residents of the Tri-Cities, TN area (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, and
Elizabethton), Dr. Jim Brantner has a solution: the “Mommy Makeover”.
A “Mommy Makeover” entails a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures that help
to reduce and even erase the signs of fatigue and aging that come with parenting.
Yet for many women in the Tri-Cities, TN area, thoughts of these types of procedures often
come with a number of questions and concerns. One of the primary questions we see is
regarding the various types of anesthesia options available and what those entail.
If you’re considering a Mommy Makeover, along with your doctor, you’ll need to decide what
anesthesia option is right for you. This guide is meant to provide you with an introductory
glance into the options available, so you can come prepared to ask Dr. Jim Brantner any questions
you might have.

Your Anesthesia Options Explained

Option One: General Anesthesia

General anesthesia generally results in complete unconsciousness and prevents all feeling or memory of the procedure being performed. General anesthesia is administered by a certified anesthesia provider and can be given either intravenously or via a mask for inhalation.

No matter which method is used, the anesthesiologist will closely monitor your vital signs, including respiration and heart rate, throughout the entire surgery to ensure that breathing and other bodily processes continue as usual.

General anesthesia is the most common, and most preferred, option for surgeons performing Mommy Makeovers. While some individual procedures, such as breast augmentation or liposuction, can be carried out by some surgeons with just IV sedation with a local anesthesia, a true Mommy Makeover involves complex surgery affecting several areas of the body simultaneously, and most surgeons won’t perform such an operation without general anesthesia involved.

Option Two: IV Sedation and Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is usually given intravenously, and is utilized to prevent pain and discomfort during the surgery, but does not cause a complete loss of consciousness. While you will technically be awake during a procedure involving a local anesthesia, you will not feel pain or discomfort, and will likely not remember much about the procedure. This type of anesthesia also reduces pain and discomfort after surgery, just like general anesthesia, but is considered a better option for patients with certain other health conditions.

IV sedation and local anesthesia, however, can only be used to perform certain procedures, such as breast augmentation or liposuction, and most surgeons will not perform a true Mommy Makeover, involving a combination of procedures on multiple areas of the body, with anything but a General Anesthesia.

Option Three: No Anesthesia

There are some procedures during which anesthesia is unnecessary or unneeded. However, these procedures are generally limited in scope to those options which are non-invasive and less extensive.

Such unique treatments generally have very little (if any) downtime, and include those procedures such as:

A few options for those wanting an anesthesia-free Mommy Makeover Include the following:

 

  • Coolsculpting – This modern nonsurgical liposuction alternative gently reduces the appearance of tummy flab, love handles, back fat and other bumps that just won’t budge through other methods.
  • Botox and Dermal Fillers – Wrinkle reduction injectables like these help reduce the wrinkles and facial folds you may have picked up over the years, without surgery
  • Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation- Treatments like radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation can be done in-office without anesthesia in as little as 30 minutes, with no downtime afterwards

 

 

Final Thoughts Regarding Anesthesia Options

If you’re a Tri-city, TN area resident of Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, or Elizabethton, and are concerned about or have questions regarding anesthesia options, reach out to Dr. Jim Brantner today.

No matter what anesthesia option is right for you, a Mommy Makeover could be just the ticket to feeling like your former vibrant, radiant self. These days, thanks to procedures like Mommy Makeovers, women really can have it all, including the jackpot combination of great kids, a wonderful family, and eternal good looks.

How Plastic Surgery Can Help You Achieve Your 2019 Resolutions

How Plastic Surgery Can Help You Achieve Your 2019 Resolutions

Each and every year, thousands of individuals all over the world start the year by making a promise to themselves that now is the time for a change.   

With these resolutions, many of us vow to enhance our quality of life and well-being by taking positive steps to improve our happiness, health and confidence.

From kicking bad habits to starting healthier new ones, the possibilities are endless.

Such resolutions could represent the golden ticket to your dream job, weight loss goals, fitness aspirations, and more.

But it takes a strong will to see these resolutions through. We’re all too familiar with that feeling. The one that sets in a few weeks later when we realize that once again, we have failed to keep those promises to ourselves. There’s always a feeling that sets in when the motivation you had diminishes and the struggle of the challenge sets in.

We all know how hard it can be to change our lifestyles for the better, even when we desperately want to. Family, finances and work commitments can all get in the way of our personal goals and ambitions. Keeping resolutions is a hard thing to do and we all need a little help from time to time.

Is there Another Option to Reach Your Goals?

While hard work and determination are not to be ignored, sometimes we could all use a little extra help and motivation to keep pushing towards our goals.

If you haven’t yet considered how plastic surgery could help you to keep your resolutions and achieve your goals, maybe its time you took another look.

There are plenty of ways that plastic surgery can give you the confidence and motivation to succeed and break bad habits that are holding you back.

Plastic Surgery can:

 

  • Improve self-confidence
  • Aid in career advancement
  • Enhance perception of yourself by others
  • Offer health benefits
  • And more…

Want to discover how plastic surgery can help you to change your life for the better this year? Read on to find out more.

How Plastic Surgery Can Help You to Get A New Job or Advance Your Career

While employers shouldn’t discriminate (for both moral and legal reasons), research has shown that when it comes to succeeding in the workplace, your image and appearance really do matter. A 2017 Forbes survey of 500 hiring professionals revealed that image and appearance played a huge role in affecting hiring decisions.

Research also shows that all things being equal, the “fitter” and “better looking” the individual is, the more likely they are to be hired in many cases. Employers can make judgements based on your appearance either consciously or subconsciously.

If you look overweight for example, your appearance could indicate higher insurance costs for the employer. It may also indicate a lack of motivation and the employer may worry that you will take more time off work, perhaps demanding more sick days. All of these factors can cause an existing or prospective employer to make unfair judgements about you, before you’ve even demonstrated your ability to succeed at your job.

If you feel like this could be happening to you then there is a way to take back control. Plastic surgery can help you to present the best version of yourself to your current or prospective employer. Showing yourself at your best means that your employer can focus on the quality of your hard work. Plastic surgery can give you the boost you need to go out and get that dream job or nail that promotion.

How Plastic Surgery Can Improve Your Self-Confidence

For better or worse, much of our self-confidence stems from our outward appearance and how we think others perceive us. When we feel good about our outside appearance, our confidence grows. Many studies have shown that self-confidence is directly linked to improved performance. When you feel confident you are more likely to achieve those goals you set yourself.

Whether you need a little boost to get you into the gym or the extra confidence to ask for that promotion, plastic surgery can improve your self-confidence by removing those little things that negatively affect your confidence, helping you to be your best self.

How Plastic Surgery Can Improve Your Health

If your resolution is to improve your health, plastic surgery could help you to stay on track. Some procedures, such as Liposuction can help to improve your overall health metrics, from your blood pressure to your cholesterol levels. If you’ve tried time and time again to reach those health resolutions but you just can’t seem to meet your goals, plastic surgery can be the kick-start that you need to make 2019 your year for success.

Ready to Explore the Idea of Plastic Surgery Further?

So why wait? If you’ve been trying and failing to keep those new year’s resolutions, perhaps something else is holding you back. It’s time to make that change once and for all. Plastic surgery can give you that boost of confidence and motivation that you need to make 2019 your year.  After all, you deserve it.

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Breast Lift Vs Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants – What’s The Difference?

Breast Lift Vs Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants – What’s The Difference?

Many women find that ageing, weight loss and pregnancy changes the size, volume and shape of their breasts. This can not only take a toll on your self-confidence, it can affect your life in other seemingly small ways, such as changing the way that your clothes fit your body or what you are comfortable wearing or doing in public.

These changes can have a real impact on the way you feel about yourself. The good news is there are options available to help you both look and feel your best. In fact, more and more women are looking to undergo surgical procedures in order to enhance their breasts or restore them to their former youthful appearance, shape and feel.

A breast lift, breast augmentation and breast implants are often discussed in the same category but two of these procedures are very different. These procedures address different needs and in some cases, a combination of procedures is required. So if you are considering any of these procedures, it is important that you understand the difference. Read on to find out more.

What Is A Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure, which aims to reposition the breast tissue. It is a great way to address breasts that appear to be sagging or drooping. Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift doesn’t change the amount of breast tissue itself which makes it a good choice for women who happy with the shape and size of their breasts but want to change their position.

What Is A Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, which aims to increase the breast size with the use of breast implants. These implants are usually made from silicone or saline gels. A breast augmentation can make a significant difference in breast size, increasing cup size by one or more for the majority of women. Unlike a breast lift, a breast augmentation will not change the position of the breasts, therefore some women choose to combine these two procedures to achieve their desired result.

What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are essentially the same thing as a breast augmentation. Both procedures use silicone or saline implants to change the breast size and shape. The two phrases are often used under the umbrella term ‘breast augmentation’.

Which Procedure Is Best?

A breast lift and a breast augmentation are two very different procedures. Whether you chose one or both procedures depends on the look you are hoping to achieve. It is always best to consult with your surgeon, who will be able to advise you on the best procedures for you.

Why May I Want To Combine The Two Procedures?

If you want to increase the volume of your breasts but you also want to correct sagging or drooping in the breasts then you may want to combine a breast lift and a breast augmentation. Many women will choose to combine the two procedures and both of these procedures can be carried out at the same time. When combined, the two procedures should result in fuller, more lifted and more beautiful breasts.

Who Can Have Breast Surgery?

A good candidate for a breast lift or breast augmentation will be as close as possible to their ideal weight. A significant weight loss or gain can impact breast appearance, so it is wise to maintain your weight consistently for around a year before undergoing surgery. A woman is usually advised to wait until she had had children and finished breastfeeding (if she chooses to breastfeed) before undergoing a breast augmentation or breast lift procedure. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breast size and structure can change, which can have an impact on the results of the surgery.

What Happens During Breast Implant Surgery?

A breast implant procedure is usually an outpatient procedure. The surgery will usually last 1-2 hours and is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, meaning that you shouldn’t feel a thing. Before your procedure, you should discuss implant placement options, which will dictate where the incisions are made in order to insert the implants. Incisions can be made under the breast, around the nipple, beneath the armpit or in the navel. These methods make it easy to conceal surgical scars and an experienced plastic surgeon will be able to advise you on the best placement for you. The breast implant is placed underneath the breast tissue and again, the exact placement should be discussed with your plastic surgeon.

Closing Thoughts

If you’re considering a breast lift or breast augmentation, always speak to an experienced surgeon who will be able to advise you on the best way to improve the appearance of your breasts and give you back your confidence. Contact our professional staff at Jim Brantner Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today to see how we can help you.

Feel like yourself again with ThermiVa

Feel like yourself again with ThermiVa

Feel like yourself again with ThermiVa

Are you struggling with vaginal sagging, dryness, or pain during sex?

Are you frustrated that menopause or childbirth caused a decrease in pleasure during intercourse, or do you fight dryness with messy creams every day?

Unfortunately, changes like menopause, hormone fluctuations, and childbirth can take a toll on the body – including the vagina. Dryness, stretched lips, sagging, and incontinence can all be results of otherwise-wonderful events like childbirth.

Even if you haven’t had children recently, changes in hormones (menopause, new birth control medications, or even diet changes) can cause pain during sex and mild incontinence. While these are all normal side-effects, they aren’t desirable or pleasant.

The Non-Invasive Solution

That’s why our East Tennessee clinic offers ThermiVa treatments to our Johnson City and Kingsport residents. ThermiVa is a non-invasive, surgery-free vaginal rejuvenation method using warm radiofrequency therapy. With ThermiVa, a small wand is waved around and inside the vagina, radiating a comfortable level of warmth alongside tightening radio frequencies. Many tri-cities women report increased vaginal tension after just the first session, with no recovery time needed between a session and regular activities.
Our friendly clinic
Our tri-cities clinic focuses on providing patient-centered service. During your ThermiVa treatments, we make sure you are always aware of what we are doing, help you feel at ease, and adjust treatment based on your personal comfort level and health.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our ThermiVa could help you, we’ve listed some of the top benefits of a ThermiVa treatment below:

ThermiVa benefits

Enhanced / Improved orgasms

When your vaginal walls tighten, as they do with ThermiVa, they are better able to sense and control pressure. This increased capability gives many of our Johnson City patients better orgasms post-treatment, helping increase pleasure during sex.

Kiss incontinence goodbye!

ThermiVa strengthens the pelvic floor – the layer of muscle that supports the uterus and bladder. Many Kingsport women know about the pelvic floor because of its role in decreasing incontinence. While performing Kegels and other floor-strengthening exercises can help keep your body healthy, with time, incontinence can become a more significant issue.

ThermiVa can help resolve mild incontinence issues. We recommend you see us early on, before incontinence becomes a significant factor in your lifestyle.

Reduce vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness can be caused by hormone changes, including childbirth and menopause. While vaginal creams are messy and can be difficult to apply, ThermiVa is a quick treatment option that will have you shelving your vaginal creams for years to come. By rejuvenating the tissues surrounding the vagina, ThermiVa helps your body return to its natural, glowing state.

Relieve from painful intercourse

Pain during sex can be caused by a variety of issues. Though you may not think vaginal dryness plays a part in painful intercourse, in reality, dryness affects sex more than you would expect. If you’ve noticed an increase in painful sex in the past few months, ThermiVa may be able to help your tissues return to a healthy state that supports better experiences.

What makes ThermiVa unique

One of the greatest benefits of ThermiVa is its unique approach to treatment. Here are some of the reasons our tri-cities patients choose ThermiVa:

Non-invasive and non-surgical

ThermiVa doesn’t involve surgery or invasive procedures, so you don’t need to be concerned about a hospital stay or scarring.

No hormonal effects

If you’re currently on hormonal medication, or you’ve experienced cancer in the past year, talk with our Johnson City staff – ThermiVa is likely still safe for you, as it has no hormonal effects.

Virtually painless

ThermiVa treatments should never be painful. If you feel pain during a ThermiVa treatment, you’ll be able to communicate that during the session, so that treatment can be altered to your comfort level.

Improvement in as little as one session

ThermiVa shows incredibly quick results, with some patients seeing changes after just one session (multiple sessions are usually recommended for best results).

Return to normal activities (including sex) immediately after

Because ThermiVa isn’t surgical, you won’t have restrictions on activities after your treatment. This also allows our Kingsport staff to treat you in a subtle way that won’t let anyone else know you’re receiving vaginal rejuvenation.

Try ThermiVa to improve your vaginal health

If you’ve been struggling with a stretched vagina, an unsatisfying sex life, and dryness that rivals the Sahara desert, give our friendly tri-cities clinic a call. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions regarding ThermiVa, or schedule a consult with you when you’re ready to be your healthiest self again.

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.

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.