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Introducing VASERlipo at Southern Surgical Arts

Posted by Chad Deal on Mar 30, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Vaser-Hi-Def-logoAt Southern Surgical Arts, we love to bring the latest and greatest technology to our patients. Implementing cutting-edge technology allows us to provide our patients with the safest experience possible, as well as optimal results.

To that end, we are constantly adding new tools, instruments and techniques to our repertoire. Now we’re happy to introduce the newest addition to our practice: VASERlipo®!

While we also offer other, excellent options in liposuction techniques at Southern Surgical Arts, we are excited about VASERlipo because of its unique and groundbreaking applications it brings to liposuction. 

What is so special about VASERlipo?

VASERlipo is unique among other liposuction procedures due to the surgeon’s ability to use it to “sculpt” definition into targeted areas. For example, a qualified cosmetic surgeon will be able to reveal six pack abs by targeting areas along the underlying muscles, making deeper grooves to showcase definition in the surrounding tissues, or replacing fat to add volume and create contrast where needed.  

This kind of “high definition” procedure is an excellent choice for those who spend a lot of time at the gym, but haven’t been able to reveal the definition they’ve achieved due to stubborn layers of exercise-resistant fat. While other liposuction procedures remove deep fat and reshape the body, VASERlipo is one of a kind in allowing the surgeon to also precisely sculpt your physique.

How it’s done

Using VASERlipo technology, a qualified cosmetic surgeon utilizes ultrasound waves to break up targeted areas of fat, causing very little disruption to the skin and little to no damage to surrounding tissuesThe fat is then removed through thin cannulas inserted into tiny incisions. Scarring will be virtually undetectable because the incisions are so small, and strategically placed to be as hidden as possible.  

As the body heals in the following weeks, the skin will retract and tighten, leaving the patient with a smooth and/or precisely contoured surface and naturally beautiful results. Patients generally see improvement in the treated areas immediately, with final results visible in three to four months.

Recovery time is dependent on the number of areas treated, but patients are generally able to resume normal activities in one to two weeks

Along with revealing abs and pecs, VASERlipo is also an excellent option for the most common areas treated by lipo: hips, thighs, arms, love handlesand buttocks. However, thanks to its state of the art, precise technology, it is also an appropriate choice for the neck and jaw area, and knees. 

If you are interested in learning more about what VASERlipo can do to help you achieve a more sculpted body, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation. Our board-certified, award-winning cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Chad Deal and Dr. Carey Nease, welcome your questions about this exciting technology.

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Topics: Liposuction, Body

10 Reasons to Choose “Skin Pens"

Posted by Chad Deal on Mar 18, 2015 11:30:00 AM

dermapenLooking at a “skin pen,” you might not realize that such a small device could pack such a powerful punch. Nicknamed “skin pen” due to their close resemblance to a writing instrument, the MesoPen and Dermapen are micro-needling devices that rejuvenate skin by creating microscopic holes that trigger the skin’s natural healing mechanism and collagen production.

Keep reading to learn our top 10 reasons to choose a skin pen procedure!

  1. Multi-use. Micro-needling devices are ideal for facial work, but can be used elsewhere on the body, including the delicate skin on the hands and neck.
  2. Soften stretch marks. While there is no treatment that can completely eliminate stretch marks, skin pens can dramatically improve the texture of stretch marks, as well as fade and flatten them.
  3. Improve texture of skin on chest.  Years of sun damage can take a toll on the skin of your chest, contributing to a “leathery” appearance. Dermapen and MesoPen can improve the texture of your skin, smoothing and replacing damaged skin cells with healthy, new ones.
  4. Reduce acne scars. Years after your acne is a thing of the past, scarring may linger. Dermapen and MesoPen provide outstanding results in fading and eliminating these scars.
  5. Turn back the clock on aging hands. Due to thin skin, aging, and genetics, your hands may look years older than the rest of you. A skin pen treatment will boost collagen and elastin production, resulting in smoother, rejuvenated, and younger-looking hands.
  6. Tightens skin. The skin pen procedure will induce tightening of the skin, smoothing out lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet and fine lines around the mouth and on the neck.
  7. Appropriate for all skin tones and types. Because the skin pen harnesses the healing power of your own skin’s natural defenses, you don’t have to worry about pigmentation problems.
  8. Boost the benefits of topical treatments. The MesoPen penetrates more deeply and evenly than the DermaPen, so your aesthetician may elect to use it in conjunction with topical serums. This boosts the efficacy of both the topical and the skin pen procedure, by allowing the serums to penetrate deep into the skin.
  9. Minimal discomfort. Your skin will be prepped with a numbing cream to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. After your treatment, your skin may feel flushed and sensitive for a few hours.
  10. Little to no downtime. You may experience a little reddening for a day or two, but you can get back to your normal routine immediately.

After years of seeing the dramatically beautiful results for themselves, our aestheticians can’t praise the Dermapen and MesoPen highly enough! If you’d like to see how a micro-needling procedure can transform your skin’s texture and appearance, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule an appointment.

Read this article to read more about our skin pens from a previous article.

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Q & A: Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon You Can Trust

Posted by Carey Nease on Mar 9, 2015 2:21:00 PM

I really want a face lift so that I can look as young on the outside as I feel on the inside. But I am worried about choosing the right surgeon. I don’t want to look “stretched” or plastic. How do I make the best choice?

A: This is an excellent question. Choosing a facial plastic surgeon you can trust is probably the most important decision you can make to ensure getting the results you desire. You want a surgeon who is not only well-qualified to do the surgery from a medical and technical standpoint, but who also has the artistic skills to provide the most beautiful outcome. And of course you want a truly artistic, natural-looking face lift, because the results will be so visible to both yourself and everyone you encounter.

In order to find the right facial plastic surgeon for you, be prepared to do your research and ask a lot of questions.

Online reviews can be a valuable tool, but so can word of mouth. If you have a friend or acquaintance who has been open about having plastic surgery, ask them if they recommend their surgeon. They can be a valuable source of information from a patient perspective.

You will also want to check the credentials of each potential facial plastic surgeon. What medical school did they attend? What training and fellowships have they completed? Have they won any awards or achieved any distinctions in their field of specialty? How many of your particular procedure have they performed?

Take advantage of a consultation. Most surgeons will offer you the chance to sit down and talk with them about the procedure, and will welcome your questions. Many surgeons offer this consultation free of charge, or will apply the cost of the visit to a future procedure.

A consultation is your time to get comfortable with the surgeon and the procedure. You can share pictures or a description of your desired outcome, and get feedback from the surgeon as to whether your expectations are realistic. The surgeon will also share valuable information with you regarding recovery time, etc.

View the surgeon’s before and after photo gallery. This is one of the most helpful tools you will use in your search for a qualified, skilled surgeon because it so clearly demonstrates the surgeon’s mastery of a procedure.

A reputable surgeon will be able to share many photos of patients, both before and after their procedure, from multiple angles. Remember, training does not necessarily translate into the skill and artistry that the best cosmetic surgery requires. Before and after pictures are vital in helping you make the most informed decision possible.

If you are interested in learning more about a facial plastic surgery, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation. Dr. Carey Nease is a board-certified, award-winning facial plastic surgeon, and he welcomes the opportunity to discuss your questions with you.

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Topics: Face, Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

The Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery: Why It Matters

Posted by Carey Nease on Feb 23, 2015 12:43:00 PM

ABCS_LogoIn their Spring 2015 issue, NewBeauty magazine published a story featuring inaccurate information about the field of cosmetic surgery. So inaccurate, in fact, that the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery was compelled to respond to NewBeauty magazine to set the record straight. While we prefer to keep our field controversy-free and focus on patients, this incident does give us an opportunity to address an issue that many find confusing: the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.

When choosing a surgeon for a cosmetic surgery procedure, many patients are confused about whether to choose a plastic surgeon or a cosmetic surgeon. Many do not know the difference between the two, or even that there is a difference. This is understandable, because surgeons in both fields may perform some of the same procedures. However, there is a difference, and it’s an important one.

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that concentrates on reconstruction during training. A plastic surgeon must handle cases that require specialized skill in correcting defects that patients may be born with or are a result of trauma, burns, cancer, etc. A plastic surgeon is also trained to perform procedures that minimize disfigurement, for example, removing a skin cancer as unobtrusively as possible while still removing all cancerous cells and carefully repairing the wound. Plastic surgeons must also complete a residency and pass an exam to achieve American Board of Plastic Surgery certification.

While most plastic surgeons do receive cosmetic surgery training during their residencies, it is not nearly as comprehensive, or as intensive as what a cosmetic surgeon receives. Many plastic surgeons do not have significant experience and training in cosmetic procedures. In fact, plastic surgeons are required to perform only 55 aesthetic cases to achieve plastic surgery certification. Some surgeons do recognize the need for additional training and complete aesthetic fellowships that do not have a board, or they learn “on the job” during their first years in practice.

In contrast, a cosmetic surgeon’s entire fellowship training is dedicated specifically to improving the aesthetic appearance of a patient. In a typical cosmetic surgery practice, a surgeon will perform procedures including breast augmentation, eye and face lifts, mommy makeovers, nose reshaping, and more. While reconstructive surgery is not stressed during cosmetic training, cosmetic surgeons must have a background in another surgical specialty like general surgery, facial plastic surgery, or even general plastic surgery.

The results of cosmetic surgery tend to be highly visible, so a great deal of artistry is required to achieve the look the patient desires. And, as with any field of surgery, a cosmetic surgeon is expected to produce consistent, safe results with a low incidence of complications.

Requirements to qualify for certification by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery include completing a full year of fellowship training after one of several surgical residencies. Surgeons must also perform a minimum of 300 major cosmetic procedures, as well as pass a difficult oral and written exam. This is no easy task and demonstrates significant dedication to education in the field.

In conclusion, when seeking any type of surgical procedure, you want the best surgeon for the job. That means choosing one who is a specialist in that field—a surgeon who is board certified, fellowship trained, with experience performing hundreds (or thousands) of procedures just like yours, and who has the surgical skill and artistry to produce the best outcome. Patients should expect and demand excellence from their cosmetic surgeons as they do from practitioners of any other field of surgery.


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Topics: Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

It’s Never too Early: Volume Restoration in Your 30s

Posted by Carey Nease on Feb 9, 2015 10:14:00 AM

face_bOne of the biggest misconceptions people have about visible signs of aging is that it’s a problem for “later.” Some may assume they will just worry about it when they hit their 40s. But when it comes to facial volume loss, age truly is just a number. Loss of volume in the face can actually occur much younger than people expect due to a number of factors. If you are experiencing facial volume loss in your 30s, we can help.

What is Volume Loss?
When we talk about facial volume loss, we are referring to the atrophy of fat and decrease in collagen production that occurs as a natural side effect of aging. Fat creates the plump, full look that makes skin look fresh, smooth and youthful. Collagen provides structural framework and definition. The result of volume loss and reduced collagen production is a hollowed look that may be accompanied by sagging.

Volume loss can also be exacerbated by yo-yo dieting, hormonal fluctuations and common life stressors like divorce and job loss. Some may find that staying lean to maintain an ideal size leads to a gaunt look in the face as they age. Whatever the cause, cosmetic volume restoration is an ideal, safe, and affordable solution.

At Southern Surgical Arts, we offer a variety of cosmetic dermal facial fillers to restore volume and fullness to the face. These fillers can be “ready to use” commercial products or all-natural, utilizing fat cells harvested from your own body. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to assess your skin tone and condition to make the best recommendation for you, but regardless of which is chosen, the result will be more beautiful, youthful-looking skin. To learn more about facial fillers vs. fat transfer, check out this blog post.

Common Volume Restoration Treatment Areas:

- Nasolabial folds. These are the lines that form between your nose and the corners of your mouth. There are a variety of dermal facial fillers used to treat these creases, including Sculptra Aesthetic, Juvederm, and Radiesse.

- Lip lines. Lip lines are one of our patients’ most common complaints, as these deep grooves can age the mouth and face dramatically. We frequently use Restylane and Juvederm to plump this area out for a more beautiful, youthful look.

- Eyes. Volume loss leads to hollowing, which can cause eyes to look sunken and make dark circles look more prominent. For treatment of the tear trough area, we usually recommend fat transfer or Restylane.

- Marionette lines. These are the lines that run straight downward from the corners of the mouth toward the jaw. Depending on the severity of your lines, we may recommend Juvederm, Sculptra Aesthetic, Radiesse or fat transfer.

One of the biggest advantages of treating volume loss at an early age is that the results will be less detectable. You will simply look refreshed and rested. This is definitely one case in which it pays to be proactive! To learn more about your volume restoration options, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 426-233-3331.

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Topics: Face

Healthy Ways to Fight Cellulite

Posted by Chad Deal on Feb 2, 2015 10:30:00 AM

cellusmoothIf you were to ask women what they’d most like to change about their bodies, a majority of them would probably answer, “cellulite.” That’s because cellulite, the dimpled fat that some refer to as “cottage cheese,” is extremely prevalent, even among very slim women.

How prevalent? Statistics show that up to 90% of women have it. Even glamourous celebrities are not immune—and the paparazzi photos are everywhere to prove it. It’s hard not to think about cellulite when it seems everyone, everywhere is talking about it!

But, don’t lose hope. There are some simple things you can do to reduce your chances of developing cellulite and to improve the look of any you currently have.

Exercise can improve the appearance of cellulite, by strengthening the muscle that lies beneath the fat and helping to smooth and tone the skin’s appearance. Some swear by dry brushing, the use of a natural bristle brush on dry skin to exfoliate and increase circulation to the skin. Staying hydrated is also important, as it keeps your skin looking youthful and “plumped.”

Success will vary, and all or some of these methods may be helpful to you. However, short of a cosmetic surgery procedure, a healthy diet may be your best weapon in the fight against cellulite.

Keep reading to discover healthy diet tips to help you battle cellulite.

1. Reduce your sugar consumption. This may be the most important thing you can do for a healthful diet, period. There has been a lot in the media recently about the toxic damage caused by excessive sugar consumption. It causes inflammation in the body, which damages your internal organs. Excessive sugar intake also ages and damages your skin. Additionally, sugar is typically stored as fat instead of used as fuel and contributes to liver disease.  

2. Swap soda for green tea. Soda is loaded with sugar and extra calories (or, if diet soda, with artificial sweeteners) and has zero nutritional value. Instead of sipping on soda, try a cup of green tea for the anti-oxidative and diuretic effects. Green tea also contains a compound that is instrumental in releasing stored fat.

3. Increase your intake of foods high in alpha lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid is a compound with anti-inflammatory properties that flushes toxins from the body, which can improve the look of cellulite. To maximize your intake, stock up on spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, sprouts, carrots, and broccoli.

4. Add more avocados and asparagus. Luckily, these two foods are naturally delicious and an incentive in themselves to eat more! But avocados are also high in essential fatty acids, which contribute to skin’s strength and elasticity. And asparagus has anti-inflammatory properties that boost circulation and help to shed bloat.

5. Serve some fruit salad. Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are rich in antioxidants. Bananas are loaded with potassium, which improves circulation and helps to flush toxins. Oranges and other citrus fruits with high levels of Vitamin C strengthen connective tissue, including collagen and elastin, which can in turn, improve the look of cellulite.

Eating healthy has countless health benefits, over and above improving the appearance of cellulite, so your overall health will benefit if you follow these healthy tips. But if you feel you need more results than nutrition and exercise can accomplish, call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a complimentary consultation. Our board-certified, award-winning cosmetic surgeons offer cutting-edge treatments that dramatically improve the look of cellulite and have minimal to no downtime.

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Topics: Cellulite reduction

Southern Surgical Arts' Top 10 Posts of 2014!

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Most_Popular-resized-600Last year was a busy one for our practice…and for our blog! We moved to a new state-of-the art facility in Chattanooga’s Southside district downtown. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, received prestigious honors. And we added some exciting new technology—including tools for tattoo removal and reducing fat without surgery—to our clinic to offer our patients more options for looking…and feeling…better than before. And of course, we covered all of it for our blog!

Keep reading to see which of our posts were the most-read in 2014.

  1. Our article on hollow eyes was by far our most read in 2014. This feature discussed how aging can cause the area around the eyes to look hollowed out and sunken, as well as some non-surgical treatments that can make the eye area look dramatically younger and more refreshed.
  1. The idea of signifciantly tighter skin without surgery is an attractive one for many reasons. If you’re interested in firming the skin on your face and neck, but not quite ready to commit to a full surgical procedure, Ultherapy may be an option for you.
  1. One of the most common questions we hear from our patients who are interested in having a breast lift is, “Will the scars be visible in my bathing suit?” This post shares a visual guide to breast lift techniques and the accompanying scar patterns.
  1. As mentioned above, we moved into a beautiful new facility on Cowart Street last year, for which we had a grand opening celebration on September 26th. Learn more about our new location, which features a medical spa and two state-of-the-art surgical suites here.
  1. One important post was also one of our most popular: separating fact from fiction regarding the “painless breast augmentation” that uses a new long-term local numbing medicine. It's made our top 10 blog list for two years!
  1. The “mons pubis lift” doesn’t get as much media attention as breast augmentations and buttock lifts—but you can be sure it is a procedure that many women are curious about! This article explains how we beautify this area if sagging skin or excess fat are an issue.
  1. During consultations, we may hear more questions about tummy tuck than any other procedure. That’s because so many women wish to have this area tightened and smoothed after they are finished having children. This post answers the 7 questions we hear the most often.
  1. Can laser liposuction get rid of cellulite? Does it tighten the skin as well as remove fat? And what kind of bruising can you expect? “3 Things You May Not Know About Laser Lipo” answered these common questions.
  1. Liposuction is always a hot topic at Southern Surgical Arts. It truly is a dramatically transformative procedure, eliminating stubborn fat that dieting and exercising can’t trim away, and creating beautiful contours our patients never thought possible. Discover 7 important facts about this procedure here, including recovery time, how long it takes to see results and more.

  2. Back to tummy tucks! Learn the 5 signs you might need one in this popular post.

As you can see, 2014 was a busy and exciting year for Southern Surgical Arts (and our patients)! Please join us in 2015 as we share the latest news about our practice, advancements in cosmetic surgery, tips for healthier living, and more.

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Topics: Face, Body

Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal: The Best of the Best Again

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Carey Nease has been voted “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in the North Georgia People’s Choice Awards for the fifth year in a row. Dr. Chad Deal was also a finalist in this category again this year. Several thousand votes were cast for this year’s honors.

The North Georgia’s People’s Choice Awards are held annually and are sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Readers submit their favorite candidates in a variety of categories, including Beauty and Health, Dining, Finance, People, Places and more. This year’s honors were presented during the Best of the Best dinner and award ceremony on January 22nd.

“I’m incredibly proud to be chosen as Best Cosmetic Surgeon by the people of North Georgia for the fifth year,” Dr. Nease said. “At Southern Surgical Arts, we strive to uphold the highest
standards of patient care and it is inspiring to see our hard work recognized in this way. Knowing my patients are happy with their experience makes my job even more rewarding.”

Dr. Deal said, “It’s an honor to be a Finalist for Best Cosmetic Surgeon. We are grateful to our patients for their loyalty and trust, and we look forward to continuing to serve North Georgia for many years to come.”

Both Dr. Nease and Dr. Deal are both fellowship-trained, board-certified cosmetic surgeons who are committed to combining a high level of artistry, surgical skill and cutting-edge technology for the most beautiful and natural results. Together, they have performed more than 12,000 cosmetic and facial plastic surgery procedures over the past twelve years. The Calhoun, GA practice is Southern Surgical Arts’ first location and AAAHC-accredited surgical facility.
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5 Things You May Not Know About Labiaplasty

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 19, 2015 10:00:00 AM

body_rollIn talking with our patients here at Southern Surgical Arts, we’ve learned that, while many women are interested in cosmetic genital surgery, few feel comfortable introducing the topic. Some women may feel too embarrassed to ask about labiaplasty, a corrective surgery to change the contours of the labia majora (outer labia) and the labia minora (the inner labia).

There is no need to be embarrassed about discussing these procedures, however. We perform them routinely, and they are increasing in popularity nationwide. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there was a 44% increase in vaginal rejuvenation procedures from 2012 to 2013.

Please keep reading to learn five important facts about labiaplasty.

  1. Labiaplasty is not just about appearance. Ideally, the inner labia should not protrude past the outer labia because it can cause discomfort during sex and exercise and in clothing such as leggings or other tight pants.
  1. Labiaplasty not only corrects the inner labia, it can also restore (or create) fullness in the outer labia for a more youthful appearance. A skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeon can achieve beautiful, natural results in this area by injecting a patient’s own fat to achieve fullness.
  1. Labiaplasty is not just for moms. Although we commonly perform this procedure for moms, due to the stretching that occurs during pregnancy and childbirth, many of our patients are simply dissatisfied with the shape they were born with.
  1. Labiaplasty can be done under a IV sedation in about an hour, there is little to no scarring and pain is minimal. This procedure can be combined with other procedures such as vaginal tightening. You may experience swelling for about 2-4 weeks after the surgery, and you must wait a full month to allow yourself time to heal before resuming sexual activity.
  1. Labiaplasty does not negatively affect sexual sensation. In fact, many women report increased comfort during sex after the inner labia are “trimmed.”

If you are interested in a cosmetic vaginal rejuvenation, please do not be shy! Our award-winning, board certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, would be happy to discuss your questions in detail during a complimentary consultation. Please call our office at 423-266-3331 to schedule an appointment.

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Mommy Makeover: Timing is Everything

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 12, 2015 2:59:00 PM

iStock_000016540552_ExtraSmallQ: I just gave birth to our third child four months ago and we don’t plan to have any more. I am so ready to get my pre-pregnancy body back! When can I schedule my mommy makeover?

A:  First of all, congratulations on the new addition to your family! Although this is an exciting time, we certainly understand your eagerness to get your pre-pregnancy figure back. Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but there is no denying that it takes an incredible toll on a mother’s body. Women can experience significant weight gain and loss, considerable stretching of skin—frequently past the point of its elasticity—and their breasts may sag after they finish breastfeeding. Unfortunately, even though you may exercise regularly and watch your diet, no amount of crunches can correct lax, sagging skin. We perform many mommy makeovers each year for precisely these reasons.

While you may be ready to get your pre-baby body back NOW, there are some timing considerations that are important in order to get the best results. Keep reading to learn more about what is included in a mommy makeover and when you should schedule yours.

What Exactly is a Mommy Makeover?

At Southern Surgical Arts, a mommy makeover refers to a number of procedures, performed at one time, that are determined by the areas that need correction and enhancement. Generally speaking, mommy makeovers  include a breast augmentation, possibly in conjunction with a breast lift, liposculpture to the flanks, abdomen, hips and thighs, and a tummy tuck. During liposculpture, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat with laser technology to create beautiful, shapely contours. The tummy tuck surgery removes excess abdominal skin and repairs and tightens the underlying muscles so that you no longer have a “pooch.”

Timing is Everything

A mommy makeover can make a huge improvement in your body confidence and self-image, and will help you look and feel more youthful. But in order to get the best, lasting results, it’s important to time the procedure correctly.

To be a candidate for a mommy makeover, patients should generally be in good health, up to age 65, non-smokers, and within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight. Although we do have patients up to age 65 seek mommy makeovers, most of our patients who request this procedure are in their 30s and 40s.

Before you schedule your surgery, you should be finished having children, as subsequent pregnancies and the associated weight gain (and loss) will interfere with your results, causing further stretching and sagging. You should give your body several months to find its “new normal.”

Ideally, you should also wait several months after you have finished breastfeeding so that your breasts will have achieved their smaller, post-lactation size. Once you have allowed your body sufficient time to “reset,” your surgeon will be able to see exactly what he is working with and make appropriate recommendations.

Another important aspect to timing your mommy makeover is to consider recovery time. The surgery takes between 2-4 hours, depending on which procedures are performed. Recovery time is generally 1-2 weeks, but can take longer depending on your general health and the number of procedures performed during your mommy makeover. During this time, you should not do any heavy lifting to avoid disturbing your incisions. You will want to schedule your mommy makeover when you can take as much time as needed to fully recover.

If you would like to learn more about mommy makeovers, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to set up a complimentary personal consultation. Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal are board-certified, award-winning cosmetic surgeons who have performed hundreds of mommy makeovers and have the skill, experience, and training to provide the beautiful results you desire.

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Topics: breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, Liposuction, Body

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