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Trends for Men and Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Carey Nease on Jul 14, 2014 2:38:00 PM

CEOOne of the biggest misconceptions about gender and elective surgery is that women are the only ones who are interested in enhancing themselves through cosmetic surgery. When many people think of cosmetic surgery, they may simply think of women getting breast augmentations, liposuction, face lifts and even quick-recovery options like Botox and lasers. But, actually more men are turning to their local cosmetic surgeon to achieve a more athletic physique and look more attractive.

Men are increasingly seeking cosmetic enhancements for their faces and bodies as they look to improve their appearance whether it is to erase wrinkles, repair a crooked nose or protruding ears, remove excess breast tissue or sculpt some abs when sit-ups don’t do the trick. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that men had 1.3 million cosmetic procedures in 2012, up 5% from 2011.

This growth is part of a much larger trend--the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports that the number of cosmetic procedures for men increased over 273% from 1997. “Men face the same pressure to look and feel great as women,” said Dr. Nease. “Many of my male patients have said that they feel healthy and are working out, but also see the increasing number of health magazines with very fit males on the cover. I think it is a definite growing trend for the guys, especially those who are aging but need to compete in their profession.”

Another surprising reason men seek cosmetic surgery is to increase the chance for success. Whether they spend more time in a boardroom or a weight room, men are turning more and more to cosmetic surgery to give them that something “extra” they feel will help them to achieve their goals.

“At Southern Surgical Arts, we also see many professional men come in because they want to look younger and stay competitive in the workplace, especially those in sales and leadership roles. Our focus is to help them while also avoiding obvious signs of surgery,” said Dr. Nease.

Among male clients, Botox®, which is injected to treat facial wrinkles, is popular because of the quick results and little down time. We also frequently perform chin implants, as many men feel a firm, strong chin conveys strength and youth. Other common requests are SmartLipo of the abdomen and neck (as well as neck lifts), laser treatments and chemical peels. We also routinely perform rhinoplasty and eyelid lifts on our male patients.

Because professionals in sales and leadership positions are so visible to the public, and the job market has gotten more competitive in recent years, some men are eager to ensure they look like the vibrant, effective go-getters that they still feel inside.

Professional bodybuilders may not spend much time in a 9-5 office setting, but they are highly visible as well. Not to mention, just as highly competitive in their own setting. Bodybuilders tend to seek abdomen sculpting and male chest reduction through liposuction. Liposuction removes stubborn excess fatty tissue to help reveal the chiseled physiques they have worked so hard to attain. Once a man stops bodybuilding, he can be left with excess skin and fat that can be improved with laser liposuction to the chest.

Of course, men who don’t feel pressured to look younger for business or competitive reasons also want to look good—for themselves and their spouses or partners. It seems that looking younger, happier and as appealing as possible is a universal desire across the sexes. As results have improved and the signs of surgery become less and less visible, men are increasingly turning to their cosmetic surgeons to help them look their best.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has identified the top five cosmetic surgery procedures requested by men:

  1. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
  2. Eyelid surgery (upper or lower eye lifts)
  3. Liposuction (Smartlipo)
  4. Male breast reduction (gynecomastia treatment)
  5. Facelift (lower face and neck lift)

Although chin implants did not make the “top 5” list, the procedure is increasingly gaining popularity each year among men. Botox also did not make the list because it is considered a non-surgical procedure.

If you are interested in learning more about how Southern Surgical Arts can help you look younger, more attractive, or simply help you bring out your best appearance, please call (423) 266-3331 for a discreet, free personal consultation with Dr. Deal or Dr. Nease.

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Topics: Eye and Brow Lifts, Face, Liposuction

Want to Give Your Bust a Boost?

Posted by Chad Deal on Jul 7, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Q. Can a breast augmentation give me more cleavage?breast

We hear this question quite a bit at Southern Surgical Arts. When people think of a “breast augmentation,” they tend to automatically think of larger breasts, period. And while you will have an increase in size with implants, that may not be the ultimate desire of some of our patients.

Many women who have had children have lost a good deal of volume in the upper half of their breasts, an area that cosmetic surgeons call the “upper pole.”

The upper pole is an area of the breast that is typically full and shapely prior to childbirth and breastfeeding. Once the fullness is gone, women may compensate by using bras that push the breasts together and upward, especially when they wish to wear a low cut v-neck or strapless top.

We also hear this question from women whose breasts are naturally a more narrow shape, and more widely-spaced on the chest. With this profile, it can be difficult to “fake” cleavage with even the best of bras, because of the distance between the breasts.

With both types of patients, they may not desire to have significantly larger breasts—they may simply wish to gain (or regain) a more feminine, curvy shape that looks as good in a business suit as a bikini.

If you are looking for sexier curves and eye-catching cleavage, then yes, a breast augmentation can help you achieve the look you desire. You will have to “go up” somewhat in size due to the implants, but the end result won’t just be bigger breasts—you will gain a fuller, more beautiful bust overall.

This is where your choice of cosmetic surgeon is so important. Any competent surgeon can add implants to an already-symmetrical chest and make a patient look and feel beautiful.

However, when you are trying to recreate volume or create cleavage on a chest where the breasts are naturally farther apart, you want the most skilled surgeon possible.

Such surgeries are more challenging—and this is where the difference between a simply “good” versus an “outstanding” cosmetic surgeon can make or break a procedure.

You will get the best results by choosing a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has a mastery of breast augmentation and a detailed understanding of the anatomy of the breast. Look for a surgeon who has performed many similar surgeries and can show you a “before” and “after” picture gallery with examples of patients whose “before” breasts are similar to yours.

As always, trust is paramount. You should feel that your concerns are carefully considered and addressed and that all your questions are fully answered.

At Southern Surgical Arts, patient satisfaction is our primary priority. We provide free, personalized consultations to give patients the chance to ask all the questions they need to feel comfortable and empowered. We want our patients to be satisfied with each encounter, from the initial consult to the surgery to post-procedure follow-up.

If you would like to beautify your bustline, contact Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331.

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Topics: breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift, Breast

We Moved! New & Improved Southern Surgical Arts Location

Posted by Carey Nease on Jun 23, 2014 1:30:00 PM

New_buildingYou may have noticed we took a brief blog vacation. (We missed you, too!)

We’ve been busy moving into our beautiful new location—a 25,000 square foot building in Chattanooga’s South Side district downtown.

Our new office and surgery center features a medical spa and two state-of-the-art surgical suites. Just as we seek out new technological advancements to better serve our patients, we also upgrade our facilities when necessary.

Our practice has continued to grow, making it necessary to expand into this office suite, known as “Southside Station.”

This new location is conveniently located one block off of Main Street, at 1405 Cowart Street.

We opened in this space last Monday and got right to work consulting with patients and other cosmetic procedures.

We are already hearing positive feedback about the beauty, convenience, comfort and professional appearance of our new office. Please let us know your thoughts when you come for your next procedure or spa appointment.

You’re Invited! Southern Surgical Arts will be hosting a grand opening event on September 26th.

Watch out for more details about our upcoming event and special offers.

Thanks for your patience and encouragement as we made this transition. We are grateful to have the support of both our patients and the business community of downtown Chattanooga.

We’ll get back to regular blogging business next week.

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Topics: In The News

Help for Aging Hands

Posted by Chad Deal on Jun 9, 2014 12:29:00 PM

reassuring_handMany of us are very careful about our skin these days. We are constantly reminded about the importance of sunblock for preserving a youthful look and preventing skin cancer and so we slather up our faceswith expensive products.

It’s easy to forget to take the same care of our hands, at least until we start to notice the changes caused by years of sun exposure and aging.

Sun exposure causes the same damage to the skin on the back of our hands as it does elsewhere—causing brown spots and changes in texture, sometimes even leaving a leathery appearance.

Aging takes its toll as well, causing volume loss and collagen depletion. Because the skin is typically thinner on the hands, veins become more visible and “bulgy.”

Skin also loses its elasticity and may “tent,” rather than snap back immediately after being pinched.

Even young women may experience dissatisfaction with the appearance of their hands. This can be due to having a very slender frame with little fat underlying the skin to start with. Genetics can also play a role—if your mother or grandmother developed prominent veins and thin skin early on, chances are you might as well. Even beautiful Hollywood elite face the issue. Earlier this year, Sarah Jessica Parker blasted tabloid reports about her wanting cosmetic surgery to fix her “witches hands.”

Unfortunately, while sporting a beautiful manicure and jewelry can divert attention from imperfections, most desire a more dramatic result than mere distraction.

The good news is that your cosmetic surgeon can help you achieve the results you desire without surgery. The same treatments that reverse the damage of sun and time on your face are also excellent for restoring a youthful and beautiful look to your hands.

  • Fillers. Your cosmetic surgeon can inject hyaluronic acid fillers such as Radiesse®Volumizing Filler, Restylane®or Juvederm®to plump up the skin on your hands, leaving a smoother, more youthful appearance. Wrinkles will be less pronounced and your hands will look refreshed.
  • Fat transfer. A skilled cosmetic surgeon can “harvest”fat from places you don’t want it and inject it where you do—under the skin of your upper hands. Because you are using your own fat cells, it’s a natural solution.
  • Laser resurfacing. As with your face and décolletage, laser skin resurfacing done to the hands can provide you with dramatic results. Laser resurfacing can eliminate brown spots, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and tighten the skin.
  • Combination therapy. At Southern Surgical Arts, we have recently seen beautiful results by combining a Broadband Light Therapy™(BBL) treatment with a NanoLaserPeel™. BBL phototherapy gently removes the damaged upper layers of skin while stimulating collagen growth. The NanoPeel also precisely removes damaged skin in a manner that accelerates healing, quickens your recovery time and leaves you with refreshed and younger-looking skin.

Fillers can last around 8 months to a year, depending on the type your surgeon uses. Fat injections tend to be more long-lasting, rejuvenating your hands for up to five years. However, fillers provide a more uniform result and are much less invasive.

Your cosmetic surgeon will examine your hands and take your desired results and skin tone into consideration when choosing the appropriate laser treatment.

Most of these procedures require minimal downtime, with bruising and mild swelling as the most common side effects.

If you would like to turn back the hands of time, please contact Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a FREE personal consultation.

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Topics: MedSpa, Fat Transfer, laser resurfacing

Recapturing Your Youth: Face Lift Techniques in the 21st Century

Posted by Carey Nease on Jun 4, 2014 2:00:00 PM

At one point or another, perhaps in an old TV show from the 80s, we’ve all seen a “bad” face lift. This is a face lift that is obvious to even the untrained eye, leaving an unnaturally plastic, stretched look to the skin, the eyes tugged back harshly—and the result is anything but enviable.

Images like this can stay with us for a long time, making us cringe at the thought of ever pursuing that kind of surgical intervention for ourselves. But today’s reality could not be more different!

Not Your Mother’s Face Lift

Today’s face lifts are beautiful, natural, and best of all, undetectable. That is, if you know what to ask for and choose the correct cosmetic surgeon. A board-certified cosmetic surgeon, who has performed hundreds of similar procedures and stayed current with the latest advancements, will have the most sophisticated tools and techniques at his disposal.

Because your face is the most visible part of your body, and the one that is arguably the most instrumental in first impressions, the type of procedure you choose is vital to your ultimate satisfaction. Don’t be seduced by talk of low prices and unrealistically quick downtimes if you desire results that will truly remove 10-15 years, tighten sagging areas, and leave your hollow places looking plumped, dewy, and fresh.

Below you will find an infographic that illustrates the differences between three surgical face lift techniques you will find offered in many cosmetic surgery practices.

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Topics: Eye and Brow Lifts, Face, Fat Transfer

Q&A: Will losing weight after my Brazilian Butt Augmentation “undo” my results?

Posted by Chad Deal on May 28, 2014 3:30:00 PM

cellusmoothQuestion:

I recently had a Brazilian Butt Lift and love my results. I feel more confident about my body and love the way I look in my bikini and yoga pants! Because I am more body-conscious now, I have been eating better and exercising more. If I lose weight, will it ruin my Butt Lift?

Answer:

We’re glad to hear you are so happy with your results! The answer to your question is “no,” weight loss will not ruin your Buttock Lift. Please read on for an explanation.

A Brazilian Butt Lift uses harvested fat from other areas of your body. This requires us to alter these areas—including the abdomen, back and flanks—when we remove the excess fat. This process is called “liposculpturing.” This is a more accurate term than “liposuction” because we are not just randomly suctioning out fat—we are carefully sculpting a new surface.

A good cosmetic surgeon will approach this procedure as the work of art it is—creating smoother, shapelier contours not only on your bottom, but in the harvested areas as well. A successful liposculpturing procedure of any kind is not just about the fat we remove, but the fat we leave behind (no pun intended!).

Something is only as big as your frame of reference. Because we are effectively making the surrounding areas smaller, your buttocks will already look somewhat larger in proportion before we even inject your fat back into them.

Once we have added your harvested fat into your buttocks area, you will have those coveted curves.

If your weight fluctuates up or down after your procedure, your results will not be negatively affected. Current research strongly indicates that transferred fat is permanent fat. We routinely transfer fat to the face, hands, and occasionally breasts, as well as the buttocks. Our own experience supports that fat transfers like these are permanent.

If you lose or gain weight, you will lose or gain weight proportionately—from all over your body. So your buttocks will still be the size and shape they are, in proportion to the size of the rest of your body—be that with more or less weight overall. If you lose or gain a dramatic amount of weight, it might affect your proportions, but that is true for every figure, whether you have had a cosmetic procedure or not.

So continue to enjoy your Butt Augmentation even if your weight fluctuates —it’s not going anywhere!

Related articles:

http://www.southernsurgicalarts.com/blog/bid/167435/Buttock-Injections-Fat-or-Fiction

http://www.southernsurgicalarts.com/blog/bid/164267/Curves-Ahead-The-Brazilian-Butt-Lift

 

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Topics: Brazilian Butt Lift

Taking Care of Your Skin after Laser Resurfacing

Posted by Carey Nease on May 21, 2014 1:23:00 PM

SSA-Skin_ResurfacingIn our last blog post, we discussed the many benefits of laser skin resurfacing. Meeting with your surgeon is the vital first step in the process of attaining younger, firmer, more beautiful skin.

Once you’ve chosen your procedure (ablative or nonablative;) and the surgeon has performed it, what comes next?

Taking Care of Your Treated Skin

The most important thing you can do to take care of your newly-resurfaced skin is to follow precisely the instructions your cosmetic surgeon has given you.

Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal have performed thousands of laser resurfacing procedures at Southern Surgical Arts and will be able to advise you on the best way to care for your skin, taking into consideration the type of procedure, your skin’s condition and your goals.

Some good general guidelines for post-treatment care are listed below.

What to Expect

Your surgeon will place you on a course of antiviral medication prior to your procedure. This will help reduce the risk of developing a cold sore, which can sometimes happen after a laser procedure if you carry the virus that causes fever blisters. Following a laser skin resurfacing, your skin may feel rough or tight, and look reddened as though you have just acquired a fresh sunburn. Depending on the depth the laser penetrated, you may also experience some mild oozing and crusting.

Although your skin may itch, it is important not to scratch it. Interfering with the healing mechanisms of the skin will disrupt and ultimately delay your recovery—not to mention affect your final results. Since you want your beautifully resurfaced skin to shine through after your recovery—don’t scratch!

The First 48 Hours—Stage 1

Taking good care of your newly-treated skin in the first 48 hours after your procedure is essential. You can apply cool compresses of dampened, soft cloths but should never apply ice or ice packs to treated skin.

Cleaning the area several times a day with sterile saline water or a diluted vinegar solution will be both cooling and cleansing. Your surgeon will also prescribe a healing ointment for you to apply after cleansing.

Take any prescribed medication, such as antibiotics, as directed. You will also be able to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for any mild discomfort you experience.

Stage 2 Healing

After the first two days, you can still apply cool compresses for comfort. You can also continue to take over the counter pain relievers if necessary, but your discomfort should be greatly reduced or gone by this time.

You will be given a stage 2 healing cream to begin applying at this point in your recovery. You should reapply every 4 to 6 hours to keep your skin moist. Saline water can be traded for a gentle cleanser—do not scrub your tender skin.

Remember, however tempting it may be, do not pick or scratch at itching or peeling skin. This can cause scarring or pigmentation problems.

Rejuvenated skin will fade from red to pink and will gradually return to your normal skin tone. This will take longer in fairer-skinned patients. Your skin will improve over the course of several months before you see the final results of your treatment.

One of the most important things you can do for your skin post-resurfacing is to protect it from the sun. Once your skin has finished its initial healing, you will need to apply a special sunscreen prescribed for your treated skin every day without exception.

You will also need to avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks after your procedure, covering your treated skin when you have to go outside, and using a wide-brimmed hat.

In many cases, sun exposure is the cause of much of the damage our surgeons treat with laser resurfacing. So not only do you not want to expose your tender skin to the harsh rays of the sun, you don’t want to undo your results before you get to enjoy them!

When you schedule a laser skin resurfacing treatment with Dr. Deal or Dr. Nease, they will spend time with you one-on-one discussing treatment options, the details of your procedure, and your recovery care instructions. The more informed you are, the more likely you are to be satisfied with your outcome.

Now that you know more about the ins and outs of laser skin resurfacing, we hope that you’ll feel more empowered when considering your treatment options. For more information, call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule a FREE personal consultation.

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Topics: laser resurfacing

Skin Pen Secrets

Posted by Carey Nease on May 12, 2014 2:48:04 PM

MesopenIf you come to Southern Surgical Arts ready to say good-bye to acne and other scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, pigmented lesions, and large pores, your best option may be a “skin pen” procedure.

This will most certainly sound like an unusual solution—but don’t worry, there are no Sharpies in your future!

A “skin pen” is simply a popular term for a microneedling device such as the MesoPen®, one of the newest tools being used at Southern Surgical Arts.

During a MesoPen procedure, one of our skilled, trained aetheticians will use the MesoPen device (which does resemble a writing instrument, hence the nickname “skin pen”) to create vertical, “micro-perforations” in your skin.

These microscopic holes are invisible to the naked eye, but because they are technically tiny wounds, your body reacts much as it would in response to a “real” injury.

Your skin’s natural healing systems are triggered, stimulating the production of elastin and collagen. These two substances are vital for the creation of new skin. Since there is no true injury, the result will be stronger, thicker skin.

Over time and subsequent procedures, you will notice firmer, tighter, smoother skin. The appearance of your acne scars, stretch marks, and other imperfections will fade.

We can also use the MesoPen to deliver treatments like topical creams and gels, lotions and serums more effectively—using the same tiny openings created by the needles.

Instead of simply applying products like hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, hydrogenated collagen and peptides to the epidermis, we can boost their effectiveness by using them in conjunction with your MesoPen procedure. This allows these treatments to be absorbed much more deeply—and evenly—into your skin.

Best of all, there is little to no downtime involved in a MesoPen procedure. Discomfort is minimal to none, the procedure is done in 30 minutes or less, and the most common effect is mild reddening for a day or two following the procedure.

You will begin to see more beautiful skin within two weeks and maximum results will be visible within six months.

We would be happy to discuss how a MesoPen procedure can benefit your skin. Please call us at 423-266-3331 to schedule your personal consultation, compliments of Southern Surgical Arts.

 

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Topics: MedSpa

Laser Skin Resurfacing Basics

Posted by Chad Deal on May 5, 2014 10:33:21 AM

SSA-Skin_ResurfacingLaser skin resurfacing grows in popularity every year, for good reason—it’s one of the most effective ways to get radiant, clearer, younger-looking skin without having a face lift. The vocabulary of laser skin resurfacing can be a bit confusing, though, leaving some patients unsure of what to ask for when they meet with their cosmetic surgeon.

In this article, we’ll talk about laser skin resurfacing procedures, how they differ, and which procedures are best suited for which patients.

Full-field Treatments vs. Fractional

Laser skin resurfacing can be done at both a fractional and a full-field level, depending on what your cosmetic surgeon feels is most suitable for you and your desired results.

In a full-field treatment, the surgeon removes all of the outer surface area of skin in your designated treatment area.

A “fractional” procedure simply means that a fraction of the skin is treated at a time, leaving surrounding skin untouched. The untouched skin helps the treated “neighbor” skin to heal more quickly.

In the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, a fractional procedure can provide results very close to full-field treatments, with less chance of complications.

Ablative Procedures

During an ablative laser procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will literally ablate, or vaporize, damaged or aged layers of skin, layer by layer. As the outer layer is removed, the underlying tissue is heated and collagen production is stimulated. Depending on the depth and extent of the ablation, the result can be dramatically rejuvenated skin that is smoother and tighter.

Because ablative resurfacing affects the skin at a deeper level, it is ideal for treating moderate wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, birthmarks, warts and uneven skin tone.

The more deeply your cosmetic surgeon penetrates your skin, the more significant your result. However, more significant results also mean a little more social downtime. Discomfort will be minimal, but you might wish to schedule your procedure for a time when you have fewer social commitments until reddening fades, etc.

At Southern Surgical Arts, we have a broad selection of tools at our disposal—all of which are state of the art and represent the best technology available.

We prefer to use the “gold standard” laser for each skin condition and patient request, as we discussed in our previous post on laser skin resurfacing. Two such “gold standard” lasers frequently used for ablative skin resurfacing are the CO2 laser and the Erbium laser.

The CO2 laser is considered the gold standard of resurfacing tools for tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles. The Erbium laser is ideal for resurfacing darker skin tones with a reduced risk of complications.

Many of our patients have heard of microlaser peel and have questions about this procedure. During a microlaser peel, your cosmetic surgeon will use a scanning Erbium laser, such as the Sciton laser, to safely and precisely ablate the outer layers of your skin. The condition of your skin determines the depth of the peel.

Nonablative Laser Procedures

If you and your cosmetic surgeon decide that a nonablative laser resurfacing is the best treatment choice for you, you can expect even less downtime because your surgeon can use the laser to penetrate the skin without visibly damaging or removing the top layer.

Nonablative treatments are best suited for light creasing, minimal sun damage, and redness of the skin caused by broken capillaries and rosacea. Nonablative treatments also stimulate collagen production, but not as effectively as ablative procedures.

To achieve your desired results, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend that you come in for a series of treatments over the course of a few months.

After nonablative resurfacing, you can expect your skin to feel slightly sunburned. All laser treatments will require you to shield your newly-resurfaced skin from the sun as it will be vulnerable and tender in its treated state.

Advancements in laser technology make laser resurfacing an exciting, versatile option—but the number of choices can seem daunting. If you’d like to learn more about your laser resurfacing options, our board-certified surgeons would be happy to answer your questions in a complimentary consultation. You can schedule one by calling Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3131.

Next up: how to take care of your freshly-resurfaced skin to ensure your best results!

Other related articles:

Laser Resurfacing: The Southern Surgical Arts Difference

Laser Technology to Rejuvenate Skin in Chattanooga

Using Laser Technology for Facial Lift and Overall Rejuvenation

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Topics: MedSpa, laser resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing: The Southern Surgical Arts Difference

Posted by Carey Nease on Apr 28, 2014 1:03:00 PM

6Creases and crow’s feet have you wrinkling your nose in the mirror? Sun damage and age spots making you regret your years of beachside baking?

If you’d like to look younger, fresher, and more radiant, but you’re not quite ready for a surgical intervention, a laser skin resurfacing procedure is worth investigating.

Advances in laser skin resurfacing mean you can experience a significant improvement in the appearance and texture of your skin without going anywhere near a scalpel.

But before you schedule a laser procedure, it’s a good idea to think about the specific results you want. And, Southern Surgical Arts can best help make it a reality.

Why Southern Surgical Arts?

Arguably the most important decision you will ever make in regard to any surgical procedure is your choice of practice and surgeon. Laser skin resurfacing is no different. Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal are award-winning, board-certified cosmetic surgeons with thousands of laser skin resurfacing procedures to their credit.

Along with the extensive skill these surgeons bring to the table, they also have the tools to give you the results you desire.

There is an old saying, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” This is true in many cosmetic and plastic surgery practices, where the physician invests in one type of laser and uses it for every procedure.

Not so at Southern Surgical Arts.

Dr. Deal and Dr. Nease attend numerous conferences every year to determine which cutting-edge tools will bring their patients the best results. And then they invest in that technology—sparing no expense to bring the most state-of-the art equipment to their patients.

This means that for virtually every skin condition and patient request, there is a “gold standard” laser at Southern Surgical Arts.

Want smaller, tighter pores? You’ll want to discuss an Erbium laser procedure with your cosmetic surgeon. The Erbium laser is also the gold standard for working with darker skin tones, reducing your risk of developing uneven pigmentation or keloid scars.

Would you like to eliminate visible capillaries from your nose or fade a port wine stain? A pulsed dye laser such as the VBeam is ideal to tackle this cosmetic procedure.

Want tighter, smoother skin but not ready for a full face lift? A CO2 laser is considered the industry leader for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.

When it comes to new technology, our main concern is: What will provide the best results for our patients?

Not brand loyalty to a manufacturer.

Not using a laser that will provide “okay” results when there is a better, more specific technology available.

Not purchasing the most expensive tool simply to pass the cost along to our patients—you will find that we charge similar prices for procedures no matter which laser in our fleet is the best choice.

Patient safety and satisfaction will always be our focus.

In our next blog post, we’ll talk about the difference between ablative and non-ablative laser skin resurfacing.

If you’d like to learn more about laser skin procedures in the meantime, please call us at 423-266-3331 for a complimentary personal consultation.

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Topics: Skin, laser resurfacing

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