<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1005625589492730&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

The Surgical Artist's Blog

5 Things to Know About Hollow Eyes

Posted by Carey Nease on Apr 17, 2017 2:17:00 PM

eyelid_surgery_after.jpgeyelid_surgery_before.jpgOne of the most tell-tale signs of aging is the development of hollow eyes. The term “hollow eyes” refers to a sunken appearance under the eyes leading to a “hollow” look. If you already have deep-set eyes, hollowing can be even more dramatic, causing you to look older than you are, or chronically tired. Improving the look of sunken eyes is a common request at Southern Surgical Arts, especially now that they can be treated with minimally-invasive methods as well as surgical interventions.

Keep reading for five things you should know about hollow eyes and how they can be treated.

  1. Hollow eyes can be caused by volume loss under the eyes and upper cheek areas, aging, genetics, or a combination of these factors. If your mother or father developed a sunken look to their eyes as they aged, chances are you will, too. Additionally, being dehydrated, stressed, or tired can exaggerate the sunken appearance.
  2. Hollow eyes can increase the appearance of dark shadows, because fat loss may lead to blood vessels beneath the surface becoming more visible. Once hollowing has occurred, you may not be able to achieve the same results with concealer and foundation that you once did.
  3. Hollow eyes can be treated with your own fat. A qualified cosmetic surgeon can “harvest” fat cells from elsewhere on your body where they are not wanted and purify and relocate those cells where you do. This all-natural treatment is long-lasting and leaves the skin under the eyes looking plumper and more youthful. Additionally, your surgeon can add platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to the fat for improved results. PRP is also natural, derived from your own plasma, with growth factors that improve fat transfer survival and provide a “glow” to the skin.
  4. Another effective treatment for hollowing is to inject dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm beneath the eyes. These hyaluronic acid fillers are excellent for plumping out hollow places to leave the skin looking more youthful and attractive, and can help to minimize the appearance of dark circles as well.
  5. Thin skin under the eyes can be unforgiving, revealing inexpert work clearly with texture issues and unevenness. It’s very important to choose a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon who has extensive experience working with this delicate area. Ask to see “before and after” pictures of previous patients so that you can get a feeling for his technique and artistic ability before you choose a surgeon.

Every patient’s needs are different, and so treatment methods will also differ from patient to patient. Your surgeon may recommend a minimally-invasive treatment method or you may be a candidate for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Your surgeon may also recommend a combination of treatment modalities for the best, most beautiful results.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can energize tired-looking eyes, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a free consultation.

Rejuvenate Your Eyes  with an Eyelid Lift


Read More

Topics: Eye and Brow Lifts, Face

Microneedling, PRP and INFINI: Solutions for Smoother Skin

Posted by Neko Shae on Apr 3, 2017 11:40:00 AM

ssa-tsg-april-microneedling-1.pngChances are you’ve heard of Microneedling—it’s currently one of the hottest skin treatments available because it can make a variety of skin issues look significantly improved in just a few treatments. Microneedling is an excellent treatment to promote cellular regeneration. Thousands of micro-channels are made in the skin via a “skin pen” device, promoting the growth of new cells and causing the skin to
become plumper, firmer, smoother, and more youthful in appearance.

Microneedling can be done any time of the year regardless of sun exposure. There is minimal downtime,with patients only experiencing a few hours of redness. Patients will see the most benefit by receiving a series of three to four treatments, with “maintenance” treatments done every few months to keep skin looking its best and brightest.

Even better, Southern Surgical Arts now offers PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments that can be used in conjunction with microneedling to achieve even more beautiful results. PRP treatments are sometimes referred to as the “vampire facial” because a patient’s own blood is drawn, centrifuged, then “needled” into the skin. The increased amount of growth factors created from spinning the plasma makes this type of microneedling a highly effective treatment for the skin.

Microneedling with radio frequency, or INFINI, uses a radio frequency emitted from the needles to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production and healing process. Because the heat from the radio frequency is emitted into the deeper layers of the skin, called the dermis, the skin undergoes a process called neocollagenesis (new collagen production). By carefully and precisely causing a controlled injury, the body goes into repair mode and generates new collagen to replace the old collagen. This causes skin contraction and thus, better-looking skin.

INFINI is an ideal treatment for sagging skin and scars. Patients with various types of acne scars usually see a significant improvement after just one treatment. INFINI is also great for sagging jowls and/or the neck, and tightens the skin to make visible improvements in aging skin. There is minimal downtime and the redness resolves very quickly.

Our patients have been delighted with their results and the convenience of minimal downtime. If you would like to know more about an INFINI or other skin treatment, please call our office at 423-266- 3331 for a complimentary consult.

Learn 10 Reasons to  Choose Skin Pens

Read More

Topics: Skin, MedSpa

Microblading: The Eyebrow Trend You Need to Know About

Posted by Alexis Taylor on Mar 27, 2017 9:13:00 PM

microblading_deanna.jpgNothing frames a face as well as a pair of beautifully-groomed eyebrows. But if you weren’t lucky enough to be born with brows like Cara Delevingne, or if you are one of the many, many women who overplucked in the 90s and never quite got your original eyebrows back…we can help!

Pencils and shadows and brow gel can give you a great look, albeit a temporary one, but drawing on the perfect eyebrows every morning is time-consuming and tedious. Wouldn’t it be great to have a beautiful, symmetrical, full set of brows, custom-designed for your facial shape, that looked great all the time?

Introducing microblading, a new semi-permanent technique that allows an aesthetician to give you the perfect brows…and it’s here at Southern Surgical Arts!

During a microblading procedure, your aesthetician will first groom your eyebrows into the perfect shape for your face and features. Then she will outline that ideal shape as a template to be filled in, allowing you to get a general idea of what your new brows will look like.

Using the microblading tool, the aesthetician will create the appearance of delicate, individual hairs, following the growth pattern of your natural brows. The tip of the microblading tool is composed of several very fine blades that allow the aesthetician to create a full, natural look “hair” by tiny “hair.” The tool delivers a carefully-selected shade of dye into the epidermis,  with the goal of having the microbladed strokes blend seamlessly into your natural hair.

Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure, meaning you can expect to get around two years worth of wear out of your new and improved brows. While that is mostly awesome, it also means you need to be very careful who does your procedure. Make sure you choose someone who is not only skilled at the technique but who also has the artistry to create the perfect shape for your face. After all, you’ll be living with your new brows for awhile!

Your aesthetician will apply a numbing cream to minimize discomfort, though you may feel a scratching sensation during the procedure. Because the skin around the eyebrows is already used to years of tweezing, waxing, and threading, patients generally find the procedure to be only mildly uncomfortable, if at all.

Before getting your beautiful new brows, refrain from using Retin-A, getting any chemical peels, or applying acids to your skin. Patients on blood thinners should not have a microblading procedure without first speaking to a doctor.

Plan to spend about two hours getting your new brows. After the procedure, you will need to keep your brows free of any cosmetics or creams for 7-10 days, except for aquaphor during the first 3-5 days. Tiny scabs will form, and it’s important to let these fall out naturally. Then just sit back and enjoy the compliments!

7-10 days with nothing on brows except aquaphor for the first 3-5 days

If you’d like to schedule a microblading procedure, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to set up an appointment.
Schedule microblading for  full, semipermanent brows


Read More

Topics: Skin, MedSpa

Platelet Rich Plasma…Now at Southern Surgical Arts!

Posted by Vince Gardner on Mar 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

ssa-prp-sm-1080.pngYou may have heard about the “vampire facelift” on the news or in beauty magazines as one of the hottest new trends in beauty procedures. Despite the somewhat scary-sounding name, the term actually refers to a technology that’s been used for years to speed healing in athletic injuries—no supernatural creatures involved!

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been tagged with the vampire moniker simply because the patient’s own blood is removed during the procedure. It is spun in a centrifuge to isolate and increase the concentration of PRP, which is then injected back into the treatment area. Platelets are important because they contain proteins known as growth factors which promote healing and collagen production—and once spun in the centrifuge there are many more than are normally found in blood.

What Can PRP Be Used For?

The possibilities for PRP are virtually limitless! We are probably only seeing the beginning of all the ways this therapy will be used in the years to come. Because we are using the patient’s own plasma, there are no negative side effects or allergic reactions. It’s an all-natural treatment with no foreign substances or chemicals, and is long-lasting, with some effects still present up to 2 years later.

Besides healing athletic injuries such as muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, PRP provides an extra “beauty boost” in the field of cosmetic surgery, especially when used in conjunction with other treatments and surgical procedures. This is because the therapy can provide accelerated healing benefits due to the growth factors in the PRP, including prompting the production of collagen. And we are now offering PRP treatments at Southern Surgical Arts!

Some of the procedures or treatments we offer include:

  • Adding PRP to microneedling treatments to deliver the PRP benefits beneath the surface of the skin, promoting collagen production and faster healing
  • Laser treatments such as the HALO laser, used in conjunction with PRP to provide more glowing skin and improved skin rejuvenation
  • Facelift with fat transfer and PRP, to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, eliminate sagging, fill in hollow places and speed healing and recovery time
  • Hair restoration uses PRP to stabilize the hairline and even re-grow hair. The growth factors act as a “fertilizer,” if you will, to increase vascularity which is vital for hair follicle survival.  It can prevent further loss and actually increase density in many patients.
  • Scar treatments with PRP to provide more dramatic results and speedier healing
  • And more!

If you’d like to learn more about the beauty benefits of PRP, please call us at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation. We’ll be happy to go over your options with you!

Learn more about PRP

Read More

Topics: Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Myths & Misconceptions

Posted by Vince Gardner on Mar 6, 2017 2:08:00 PM

  1. hair-hairbrush.jpgHair Loss Is a Man’s Problem. To watch TV, you might get the impression that hair loss was not an issue for women. For each commercial with ten smiling men showing off their before-and-after hair treatment results, you might see one or two women. In actuality, however, up to 40% of women will experience some degree of hair loss over their lifetime.
  2. Minoxidil is the solution for hair loss. Unfortunately, while some have a great response to minoxidil (better known as Rogaine), some do not respond at all. Minoxidil tends to be more effective when used for pattern baldness at the crown of the head and is much less effective, for treating thinning at the hairline or along the part. Some may experience hair regrowth, others may stop losing hair but with no regrowth, and still others may receive no benefits at all.
  3. Finasteride is the solution for hair loss. While Finasteride, also known as Propecia, may be very effective in some people, it is not a cure-all for hair loss. For starters, women cannot take Finasteride due to the risk of side effects including birth defects. And men may experience unpleasant issues as well, including sexual side effects, and is not appropriate for those with certain types of liver function problems. Add to this the fact that many question just how effective Finasteride is in actually, noticeably regrowing hair, and some may not wish to risk the side effects.
  4. You Won’t Lose Your Hair Until You’re Older. Men and women who have begun losing their hair in their early 20s can debunk this myth—the truth is, you are never too young (or too old) to experience thinning hair, especially if thin hair runs in your family. Conversely, some may maintain a thick head of hair until hormonal changes take their toll in their 40s or 50s.
  5. Dyeing Your Hair Can Make It Fall Out. Certainly, constantly bleaching, dyeing, perming and straightening hair can take a serious toll on your locks. You may experience dry, frazzled and broken hair that looks thinner. However, you shouldn’t actually lose a significant amount of hair from normal, everyday hair treatments, and if you do lose any, it should grow back over the course of time.
  6. If Your Mother Has Thin Hair, You Will Also Lose Your Hair. This is not necessarily the case, nor is the converse—if your mother has a full head of hair at 70, you may still lose yours. Hair loss actually comes from both parents.
  7. There is No Good Solution for Hair Loss. Despite the fact that hair loss is such a prevalent problem, and one that can have serious detrimental effects on sufferer’s self-esteem and confidence, the truth remains that there is not yet a pharmaceutical or over-the-counter magic bullet yet. A combination of approaches, and starting as soon as hair loss is noted, will achieve the best results.

If you are feeling discouraged about your options for treating thinning hair, there is hope! There is now a revolutionary new treatment for treating hair thinning called Neograft, available at Southern Surgical Arts.

Unlike previous hair replacement approaches such as hair plugs, Neograft is virtually undetectable with minimal scarring and natural, youthful looking results. Thanks to the micrografts of individual hair follicles in Neograft, no one will know that you have had this procedure unless you tell them.

To learn more about how Neograft can help you achieve a fuller head of hair, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation.

Reverse Hair Thinning and  Baldness with NeoGraft


Read More

Topics: Hair Restoration

Our Most Popular Articles: Best Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by Vince Gardner on Feb 20, 2017 10:17:00 AM

blog.jpgWe love looking back at the previous year to see which blog articles resonated most for our readers. Not only do we enjoy seeing which were our “greatest hits,” it also helps us to determine what our readers are most interested in going forward. Check out our list of the 5 most popular blog articles in 2016.

1. Beauty on a Budget: All Under $300

In an ideal world, we’d always have the money we want for the things we want when we want them! Since that almost never happens in “real life,” this blog article helps to highlight a few of the biggest bargains that will give you the most bang for your beauty buck.

2. Revolutionizing Fat Reduction: SculpSure Comes to SSA

SculpSure is such an exciting treatment option that we just can’t stop talking about…and it seems, our blog visitors just can’t stop reading about it. This post discussing Sculpsure explains the ins-and-outs of this revolutionary hyperthemic laser fat reduction procedure, and how you can drop a dress size or two with no discomfort and no downtime.

3. Introducing Our New Aesthetician, Neko Shae

The only thing we love more than introducing a new treatment option on this blog is introducing a new staff member. And based on the number of clicks this post introducing our new aesthetician got, our readers share our enthusiasm. If you haven’t met Neko Shae yet, be sure to check out this article, then drop by our medspa to meet her in person (while pampering yourself with the treatment of your choice, of course!)

4. Introducing Dr. Vincent Gardner

As many patients of Southern Surgical Arts and The Vein Institute already know, Dr. Vincent Gardner joined the SSA family officially this year, and has been making a big positive impact on our patients lives from day one. Whether he is performing a cosmetic surgery procedure or furthering the modern treatment of venous disease, Dr. Gardner is committed to improving patient health, comfort, and confidence. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Gardner on staff!

5. 4 Ways to Supercharge Your Skin Care

In this popular post from last year, our aesthetician Tammy Capel shared 4 of her best tips for boosting your skin care regimen to get the most beautiful, glowing skin possible. Whether you’re battling dryness, dullness, or simply want to ward off sun damage, this post will help you maximize your skin care routine for the best results.

Any topics you want us to tackle in future blogs? Please leave us a comment below!

Thanks for a great 2016! We hope to bring you many fun, informative blog posts in 2017.

Subscribe to Blog

Read More

Topics: MedSpa, Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

SSA Kicks Off National Heart Month with IgniteRed Event

Posted by Jennifer Deal on Feb 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

ssa-ignite-red-2017-boothsm.pngWomen’s heart health is an issue of vital importance to many members of the Southern Surgical Arts family, and they are especially vocal about this cause during the month of February, National Heart Month. At last Friday’s 3rd annual IgniteRed event, SSA shared their commitment with more than 200 of their closest friends, family, community members, and partners as they all came together to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women.

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, with one in every three women dying from some form of cardiovascular issue? Many may not even realize they suffer from a heart problem until it is too late, and an estimated 44 million women are currently living with some form of heart disease.

Jennifer Deal, Marketing Director for Southern Surgical Arts and 2017 Go Red for Women Chair, is only too aware of these statistics—and is hoping events like IgniteRed will help to change them. “A lot of women just don’t know they’re at risk, and some even think of heart disease as more of a man’s disease. I encourage all women to “know your numbers.” Be familiar with your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, and any family history of heart disease. Get a baseline check with a cardiologist and be a partner in your own health care. Don’t assume you’re fine—get checked out and know for sure.”

IgniteRed was scheduled on the first Friday in February to coincide with National Wear Red Day, in which people are encouraged to wear red to remember that heart disease is still the #1 killer of women. This year Chattanooga officially proclaimed February 3 as “go red” day for the city as well, another boost of recognition for the cause just in time for IgniteRed.

Dr. Carey Nease said, “The IgniteRed event is a great way for us to bring a lot of people together to focus on an issue that affects everyone. We all have wives, sisters, mothers, aunts, and daughters, and we’ve got to do more to make sure their health is protected. When we raise awareness, we’re touching lives, and that gives us the chance to change them for the better.”

The event was held at Southern Surgical Arts, and featured a wine and champagne bar, a sushi bar, and appetizers and desserts for the guests to munch on. Attendees also enjoyed listening to a DJ as they networked in the GoRed lounge, sampled a variety of red lip colors at the lipstick bar, or posed in the photo booth. And while the guests had fun, the main message of the night stayed at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

“We really want to see those numbers drop,” said Dr. Chad Deal. “Awareness is key, but so is making healthy lifestyle changes like giving up smoking, eating better, and exercising more. There’s so much that can be done to improve your heart health, and 80% of women’s cardiac deaths are preventable.”

“I hope everyone who attended, and everyone who reads about the event will be encouraged to take a more proactive stance in their own cardiac health, and encourage all the women in their life to do so, too. This is so important, and if all of us work together, we can make a difference,” Dr. Vincent Gardner added.

Partners for the IgniteRed event included Impressions Catering, Dish T’ Pass, Victoria Love Events, Sound Force, Imbibe, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Flintstone Baking Company, The Clay Pot, American Heart Association Volunteers, Vivifi Creative, Allergen/Skin Medica, Maycreate, and Chattanooga Valet.

To learn more about women’s heart health, please visit the American Heart Association website.

Learn Steps You Can Take  to Prevent Heart Disease

Read More

Topics: In The News, Community

Get Rid of Unwanted Hair

Posted by Neko Shae on Jan 30, 2017 2:11:00 PM

ssa-before-and-after-hair-reduction.pngWe all have unwanted hair on our bodies. And it doesn’t take long until the shaving, waxing, threading, sugaring, and tweezing gets really old. We spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars over time to keep unwanted hair away, all the while dealing with the unpleasant side effects of our hair removal efforts like ingrown hairs, infected bumps, rashes, and itching. It is definitely a hairy world out there, but the medspa at Southern Surgical Arts can help you do something about it!

At Southern Surgical Arts, we have the most advanced and comfortable laser hair reduction device available, the Candela Gentle Max Pro. It has the versatility to treat all skin tones no matter how light or dark. We also have multiple wavelengths to choose from, so we can customize the best treatment for every person’s skin. The Candela also has a cryogen system which releases a small burst of cooling with every single pulse that is delivered. This is the most comfortable technology for soothing the skin while receiving the laser hair reduction treatment. The treatments are so quick and easy that it takes just minutes to do the treatment, depending on which area you wish to treat.

Many people are concerned about how much the laser hair reduction treatments cost and assume it is too expensive. But it is actually less expensive to do laser hair reduction than to shave and wax, because over the course of time, you will not have to continuously spend money on services and expensive hair removal products.

With laser hair reduction, one can complete most of the hair reduction appointments within six to eight months, on average. Depending on skin type, laser hair reduction appointments are scheduled every four to six weeks apart for up to six to eight appointments. You might need a touch up or two down the road, depending on factors such as your growth cycle and hair color/texture, but your hair will be greatly reduced if not completely removed. No lumps, bumps, or razor burn involved!

If you’re tired of shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, and so forth, come for a free consultation at Southern Surgical Arts to determine if laser hair reduction is the right choice for you. We can familiarize you with our devices and give you the information to help make the best decision.

From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, Southern Surgical Arts can help alleviate your unwanted hair problems! To schedule your free consultation, call 423-266-3331.

Answers to Common Questions about Laser Hair Reduction

Read More

Topics: Skin, MedSpa, Body

New Help for Thinning Hair – NeoGraft

Posted by Vince Gardner on Jan 30, 2017 1:30:00 PM

If you are one of the approximately 50 million men or 30 million women who suffer from pattern baldness or hair thinning, you know how distressing it can be to watch a previously-thick head of hair be diminished over time.

neograft-before-after.pngHair loss can be especially upsetting when topical treatments or medications do not help. Many struggle to style their hair so the thinning patches don’t show, wear hairpieces, or give up and shave their head completely. Whatever the cause, hair loss can be an emotional issue.

Until recently, there weren’t many good options to restore hair to its youthful fullness. Old-fashioned strip-style hair transplants or plugs were too easily detected, and often left visible scarring and discomfort. Possibly the only thing worse than losing your hair is sporting an obvious hair transplant! The good news is, those days are over! If you’re experiencing thinning hair, we can help.

Introducing NeoGraft

Southern Surgical Arts is excited to announce the addition of NeoGraft to our list of treatment options. This revolutionary technology allows a qualified professional to utilize the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method to remove hairs individually from the sides of your head or the nape of your neck where hair is thicker. Additionally, hair that grows in these locations are not usually affected by pattern baldness, so once they are transplanted, they should remain in their new locations. These hairs are then grafted to the thin places on your scalp, typically at the hairline or crown where hair thinning is common.

Things to Know About NeoGraft

  • This cutting-edge treatment is minimally-invasive. There is no downtime and very little to no discomfort.
  • You may be a good candidate if you have sufficient hair in the transplant areas, namely the sides and nape areas.
  • Results will be seamless and natural. No one will know unless you tell them.
  • No matter how talented your NeoGraft professional is, they cannot give you back the hair you had in your 20s. However, they can give you a thicker, fuller head of hair that looks natural and healthy.

If you’d like to learn more about the new art of hair restoration, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a complimentary NeoGraft consultation. Since the goal with any kind of hair restoration procedure is to have natural-looking as well as beautiful results, it’s important that you choose your provider wisely. You want someone with the technique, training, and artistic sensibility to give you the results you desire. Southern Surgical Arts will be happy to answer all of your questions about this game-changing new procedure.

Reverse Hair Thinning and  Baldness with NeoGraft

Read More

Topics: Hair Restoration

Dr. Carey Nease Voted Finalist for Best of the Best in North Georgia!

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 20, 2017 12:47:42 PM

carey_suit.jpgWe are excited to announce that Dr. Carey Nease was recently named a finalist in the Best of the Best awards for North Georgia! Thousands of votes were cast in this year’s awards, and Dr. Nease was voted to be one of “best of the best” cosmetic surgeons in the area.

Dr. Carey Nease said, “These awards are so meaningful because they are determined by the votes of people in the community. At Southern Surgical Arts, we are committed to providing a positive, safe, and rewarding experience for every patient, and being named a finalist lets us know we are on the right track. I am honored to be recognized in this way, and look forward to many more years serving the people of Calhoun, Georgia.”

Dr. Carey Nease is a board-certified cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon known for his artistry and technique, with experience doing more than 8,000 procedures, including rhinoplastys, facelifts, brow lifts, breast lifts and augmentations, tummy tucks, and more. Dr. Nease also developed the RevaLift, a laser-assisted face lift to provide rejuvenation to the lower face.

For more information about our Calhoun, Georgia location, or to set up a complimentary consultation, please contact us at 706-629-8622.

Contact Us Online

Read More

Topics: Community