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Introducing INFINI Radiofrequency Microneedling

Posted by Chad Deal on Aug 22, 2016 1:20:03 PM


Infini_skin_tighenting.pngIt’s always an exciting time when we have a new product, procedure, or treatment to announce on the Southern Surgical Arts’ blog. And we are definitely excited about this one! Introducing the new INFINI Radiofrequency Microneedling device by Lutronic.

What makes INFINI so special?

This new fractional high-intensity microneedling device precisely delivers radiofrequency to provide customized treatments appropriate for all skin types and tones. It provides excellent non-surgical skin tightening and wrinkle reduction, as well as improvement of acne scars.

During an INFINI microneedling treatment, your practitioner will determine the correct depth and intensity to best treat your skin condition, precisely customizing your treatment to your specific needs. The radiofrequency energy delivered by INFINI creates “micro-coagulation” zones in the dermis, essentially heating the dermis while leaving the epidermis intact.

This heat triggers the body’s natural healing defenses, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Over time, your skin will look smoother, tauter, and generally rejuvenated.

Because INFINI does not disrupt or damage the epidermis or surface of the skin, there is very little downtime, minimal redness, and you can safely wear makeup in 24 hours. Any skin type can be treated. No one will know that you have had an INFINI treatment unless you tell them!

INFINI is an excellent option for those who have texture problems, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, or who have experienced increased laxity on their jawline or neck. We are especially impressed with the results on acne scars, even on patients who have tried other treatment options previously.

If you are as excited about INFINI as we are, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to share the impressive benefits of this new treatment with you! Ask our staff to see photos! You won’t believe this treatment is non-surgical.

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Topics: Skin, Face

How SSA Helped Stacy Pope Live a Healthier Life

Posted by Chad Deal on Jul 19, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Patient Interview: Stacy Pope 

At Southern Surgical Arts (SSA), we know that deciding to have a cosmetic procedure and choosing the right surgeon are major decisions that our patients do not take lightly. Sometimes it is very helpful to hear directly from others patients who had to make those decisions, and learn about their experiences.

One of our patients, Stacy Pope, recently shared her thoughts with us on her procedure. Keep reading to see what she has to say about her SSA experience!

1.  How did you come to choose Southern Surgical Arts?
I had a friend that had surgery with Dr. Nease and she highly recommended Southern Surgical Arts. I also did a lot of research on the internet. The website had more reviews and more photos in the gallery to show before and after results. So everything I was reading and seeing was positive. When I finally got the nerve to go to my first consultation I talked to Dr. Deal.

2.  What were your first impressions about the practice and Dr. Deal specifically? 
I am a very shy person and Dr. Deal was understanding of that. He talked to me calmly like he truly cared about what my issues were. So I felt comfortable opening up about my problems. When he was looking at my body that I was so ashamed of, he did not make me feel embarrassed. He was so nice, as was the office staff. I also liked the fact that while kind, he was also very blunt and honest with me. He told me I had to lose weight before I got my surgery because of the underlying belly fat. I was glad to see he was looking out for my well-being and my overall procedure.

3.  What procedure did you have initially? 
I had a full tummy tuck and liposuction on my back, sides, under my arms, around my breast, and my belly.

4.  How did Dr. Deal inspire you to make healthy changes? 
Before the surgery he just made me wake up and see that I was not as healthy as I needed to be. When he challenged me to lose weight, I saw the progress I made on my own, and then after the surgery I saw the great results that made me want to shape the other parts of my body as well. The last time I saw him we talked about the weight I had continued to lose post-surgery that had resulted in excess skin. He told me that if I lost 10 more pounds, he would help me get rid of that extra loose skin. So again he challenged me, and I lost even more and toned more.

5.  What are some of the lifestyle changes that you made to achieve your goal?
We used to eat a lot of fried foods and some type of meat with every meal. We hardly ever ate vegetables. Pasta was always a big dinner at our house, and I loved Little Debbie Cakes, ice cream, Mountain Dew Code Red and sweet tea. Now we eat grilled or baked chicken, lots of asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, and good vegetables. Instead of Mountain Dew, I now drink mostly water.

As for exercise, that one was simple: I just started exercising. We went from not doing any exercise to doing thirty minutes to an hour of hard cardio and lifting weights. We walk/run 2 miles in thirty to forty-five minutes a day. Then we switch it up on other exercises; we might not do weights one day and do squats, planks, etc. instead, or the other way around.

6.  What procedure will you be having in July?
I will be having that excess skin removed and I have a hernia in my belly that he is going to repair.

7.  Are there any thoughts or pieces of advice you'd like to share with people who want to make a healthy change but haven't yet found their motivation? 
This one is a hard one because I truly believe you have to want it for yourself badly enough to make the changes. I have always had low self-esteem, which I believe is the reason I was always depressed and had anxiety. Now that I have had the surgery, my depression is not that bad and I have not had an anxiety attack in a long time. I feel so much better about myself that I am able to do things in life I would never do before. And I can say I am truly happier now.


Dr. Deal Explains the  Tummy Tuck Procedure


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Topics: tummy tuck, Patient Care & Experience, Body

How Can Laser Hair Reduction Help You Have a Smoother Summer?

Posted by Tammy Capel on Jul 11, 2016 1:30:00 PM

With summer in full swing, bringing with it shorts, bathing suits, and sleeveless tops, your razor is probably getting quite a workout. And while shaving provides smooth, silky results, those results are temporary, and often accompanied by shaving bumps, cuts, razor burn, ingrown hairs and irritation (saltwater on freshly-shaved legs—ouch!) Fortunately, Southern Surgical Arts has a solution.

Laser hair reduction is a great option if you’re ready to retire your razor and say “bye” to your bandaids. With affordable, customizable treatments for just about any skin tone, brown and black hair can be greatly reduced, and in some cases, virtually eliminated after a series of treatments.

Watch the video below to hear SSA’s Gretchen Dunigan discuss this safe, quick, FDA-approved procedure. To schedule your laser hair reduction treatment, call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331.

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Topics: MedSpa, Body

6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Surgeon for Rhinoplasty

Posted by Carey Nease on Jul 5, 2016 1:00:00 PM

rhinoplasty_ba.jpgThe practice of cosmetic surgery has made huge strides over the past decade, allowing surgeons to provide more subtle, aesthetically-pleasing, and elegant results than ever before. However, no matter how advanced the technology or how sophisticated the surgical techniques may become, nothing can replace the artistic eye and skill of a talented cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Simply put, not all surgeons are created equal. This is rarely more apparent than in the case of rhinoplasty (commonly known as a “nose job”).

The nose is one of the most visible features on your face, as immediately noticeable as your eyes and smile. And while you want to choose a surgeon who will provide you with a safe procedure with as little down time as possible, it’s also of utmost importance that you choose a surgeon with the experience, artistic ability and knowledge of the anatomy of the nose to create a truly beautiful result.

Some surgeons may be skilled at other cosmetic procedures but lack the training and experience to perform outstanding facial surgery. Before your surgery is the time to find that out.

When choosing a surgeon for your rhinoplasty, it’s important to do your research. If you know anyone who has had a good rhinoplasty, ask them about their procedure and their experience with that surgeon. Read reviews and ask questions. Many surgeons will provide a free consultation, which gives you a chance to meet the doctor in advance and assess your comfort level with him or her. Never choose a surgeon who you feel intimidated by—if you’re afraid to ask questions or communicate clearly, your experience will be negatively impacted.

Here are six important questions you should get answered before choosing a surgeon for your rhinoplasty:

  1. What are your credentials and certifications?

You can usually learn about a potential surgeon’s education, training, and board certifications online. If your surgeon does not have a web presence of some form, this may be a red flag. Ideally, you should choose a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Facial and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Surgeons who have these certifications have had to undergo extensive specialized training and are truly committed to the field of cosmetic and facial plastic surgery.

  1. How many rhinoplasties have you done?

Your surgeon should be able to provide you with this number—and a good one will have done hundreds, if not thousands, during the course of his career. As with anything, the more times you do something, the better you get. Choose a surgeon who has the “numbers” to have developed advanced technique and expertise if you want to increase your chances of having a beautiful—and safe—outcome.

  1. May I see your before and after photo gallery?

This is a reasonable and common request. Make sure your surgeon provides you with pictures of patients he has actually operated on, and not stock photos. This will help you to understand the surgeon’s capabilities. This one question in and of itself may give you all the information you need NOT to choose a certain surgeon.

  1. May I see some testimonials or references from your previous rhinoplasty patients regarding their results?

Reputable surgeons should be able to easily produce several statements from satisfied rhinoplasty patients, as well as the before and after photos to go with them. If a surgeon isn’t willing to provide these, it may be that he just doesn’t have them.

  1. Can you give me a nose just like Scarlet Johansson/Kate Beckinsale/Kate Middleton?

If you have a celebrity “nose crush,” make sure to ask the surgeon about the possibility of reshaping your nose to imitate the nose of your dreams. Beware a surgeon who promises you he can make your nose exactly like someone else’s. Unless your nose has the identical structure of your goal nose, and your face the exact same shape and bone structure, it may not be feasible or even desirable to give you an exact copy. A trustworthy surgeon will discuss the features of your desired nose with you and come up with a plan that makes you happy, while keeping expectations realistic.

  1. What is the cost of this procedure?

You will probably find the cost of rhinoplasty to be fairly consistent over a geographical area, provided you are choosing surgeons with similar levels of expertise. If you find a surgeon who quotes you a price that is drastically less than others you have queried, you need to think carefully about choosing this surgeon. As with everything in life, “you get what you pay for,” and a rhinoplasty procedure is not where you want to find a rock-bottom price. A new, beautiful nose frequently gives patients greatly increased levels of self-confidence, and a new, poorly-done nose can do just the opposite. Remember, you’re not saving any money if you have to pay another surgeon to fix it later.

If you’d like to learn more about rhinoplasty, call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule a free personal consultation with Dr. Carey Nease. Dr. Nease is an award-winning facial plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has performed more than one thousand rhinoplasties and will be happy to share pictures and testimonials with you, as well as answer all of your questions.

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Topics: Nose Reshaping, Face

Post-Op Support Garments—What You Need to Know

Posted by Alexis Taylor on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Alexis_garments.jpgQ: I am having a cosmetic surgery procedure next month. When my best friend had a similar procedure, she had to wear a compression-style type of garment and it didn’t sound very comfortable. I am in good shape and am very healthy. Do I really have to wear one?

A: Without knowing the type of procedure you are scheduled to have, we can’t answer for certain. However, for many common procedures, chances are good that you will need to wear one for at least a few days to a few weeks.

While the term “support garment” sounds unsexy and possibly “un-fun,” most of our patients are satisfied with their experience wearing one. That’s because these compression garments help to promote and speed healing and discourage swelling and fluid accumulation.

Wearing a support garment is actually far more comfortable than the side effects you’d experience if you didn’t wear one as directed. Swollen, tight, creased skin with fluid build-up is the opposite of comfortable, and can actually be miserable. Additionally many patients appreciate the extra layer of support these garments provide.

And, after you’ve had a cosmetic surgery, you’re ready to see your beautiful new results as soon as possible. Wearing your support garment as directed helps you progress more smoothly and swiftly toward seeing the full effects of your surgical procedure. And that’s always a good thing!

Keep reading for descriptions of the support garments used after some of our most popular procedures.

  • Compression Bra. We do many breast surgeries at Southern Surgical Arts every year, so this support garment is a staple. With three-row adjustable hook and eye shoulder straps, a three-row hook and eye front opening, and a one inch elastic band, this bra provides outstanding support and compression for those healing from augmentation, implant exchange, mastopexy, and implant removal procedures. How long you’ll have to wear one depends on your condition, type of procedure, and surgeon preference.
  • Face Wrap. When you’ve had a facial procedure such as a full face lift, you want to heal as swiftly and smoothly as you can, with as little visible swelling and bruising as possible. Wearing a facial wrap constructed from soft elastic with adjustable closures will provide excellent support of the face, neck, and jowl areas and limit swelling. Your surgeon will typically require you to wear a face wrap for 24 hours a day for the first week, and then nightly for a prescribed number of days.
  • Male Vest. This compression garment is designed to support male patients after liposuction, abdominoplasty, panniculectomy, and gynecomastia. Patients usually find this sleeveless vest with adjustable Velcro shoulder straps, a padded zipper front closure, and a wide elastic band at the bottom to keep it from rolling up to be comfortable as well as supportive. Our surgeons will typically have you wear it for one week, after which you may switch to a tight compression exercise top.
  • Body Garments. Body garments are an integral part of healing from procedures on the abdomen. They come in 2 stages, with Stage 1 above-the-knee garments featuring adjusting shoulder straps and padded zippers, with legs extending to just above the knee. These garments have accessible crotch opening to make bathroom visits quick and convenient. If you have had liposuction, liposuction-assisted abdominoplasty, or a panniculectomy, you may have to wear a Stage 1 garment for about a week post-op.

Stage 2 garments are zipperless girdles with slide-adjustable shoulder straps, leg coverage to just above the knee and an accessible crotch opening. Patients should wear their stage 2 garments for two weeks to four months to ensure smooth healing and to reduce the chances of developing abdominal creasing, which can be permanent. Your surgeon will advise you how long you need to wear your stage 2 garment for the best outcome.

The items listed above are just a few of the important supportive garments that play an important role in your healing and health following a surgical cosmetic procedure. If you’d like to learn more about supportive garments or cosmetic procedures in general, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to set up a free consultation. Dr. Carey Nease, Dr. Chad Deal, and Dr. Vincent Gardner will be happy to discuss your options with you, and address any questions you might have.

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4 Ways to Supercharge Your Skin Care

Posted by Tammy Capel on Jun 20, 2016 11:00:00 PM

female_face_and_neck_copy(1).jpgDepending on your skin type and the climate where you live, summer skin care can be challenging. High humidity areas may leave some with a healthy glow, while others fight constant breakouts. Drier climates can wreak havoc on those whose skin is already dry. And let’s not forget the constant application of sunscreen! Even the best formulas, designed to reduce the occurrence of pimples, can clog pores in both children and adults. However, not wearing sunscreen is NOT an option. And these are just a few of the ways in which summer skin care can get tricky!

Because summer skin care can be challenging, we asked our aestheticians to give us their best tips to help you supercharge your skin care regimen this summer for the most dewy, beautiful skin possible. Keep reading for four of their best tips!

  • Add a Vitamin C serum pre-sunscreen. Vitamin C serums continue to grow in popularity because they fight skin-damaging free radicals and helps to boost collagen production as well as improve the look of acne scars. It also thickens the dermis, helping to protect you from sun damage. Apply your serum and allowing it to dry for 3 minutes before applying your sunscreen to get the most sun-protective results.
  • Try SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum. TNS Essential Serum has many fans at Southern Surgical Arts. That’s because this gentle skin rejuvenating treatment improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens your complexion,  and improves skin tone and texture—all in one bottle! We can’t say enough about the benefits of this product, and our patients agree.
  • Schedule regular facials. We’ll help you stay on top of your summer skin concerns when you schedule regular facials to address any problems, or simply help you maintain your healthy glow. We have a wide variety of facials to address all types of skin conditions. Our aestheticians can help you determine how often you need to have facials, and what kind, to help you achieve the most beautiful skin possible.
  • Add microdermabrasion/vibradermabrasion to your facial. Boost your facial benefits by adding a microdermabrasion/vibradermabrasion procedure first. This will help to remove dead and damaged skin cells, allowing the facial product to more deeply penetrate the skin.  It’s a great way to get the most from your facial…and get the best results for your skin.

To schedule an appointment with an aesthetician in our medical spa, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 today. 

You can also download our inforgraphic on the top 5 skin care products and thier benefits. 

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5 Fast Facts About Inverted Nipple Revision

Posted by Vince Gardner on Jun 13, 2016 2:00:00 PM

macy-bw.jpgBreast surgery does not always involve lifting or enlarging. Some of our patients may be happy with the fullness and volume of their natural breasts, but experience dissatisfaction with other aspects of their breasts. This summer we will be talking about several breast issues our patients come to see us about here at Southern Surgical Arts.

One common complaint we hear from patients is in regard to inverted nipples. As many as 20% of women may have at least one inverted nipple, and men may experience inversion as well. Nipples are described as inverted when the tip or tips of the nipple do not protrude outward. So instead of pointing out, as nipples typically do, the tips may appear to be indented or even tucked-in.

Nipples may be inverted all the time, or only some of the time. Some inverted nipples may protrude when stimulated, such as when exposed to cold. Nipple inversion is rated on a scale of 1-3, with 3 representing the strongest degree of inversion, in which nipples never protrude at all.

Nipples can be inverted from birth or caused by a traumatic injury to the breast or after breastfeeding. Breast tissue connected to the inside of the nipple can be very tight, essentially trapping the structure of the nipple. Most cases of nipple inversion show up during puberty, as the breasts begin maturing. Others may develop it later in life.

If the ducts are tight, the nipple remains tethered and is pulled inward as the breast expands. In these cases, nipple inversion is nothing to be concerned about unless the appearance troubles you. However, if you have experienced nipple inversion out of the blue, it is important to have your ob/gyn examine you. In some cases, nipple inversion can be a sign of disease within the breast, such as cancer.

While inverted nipples generally do not cause any medical issues or discomfort, many women wish to have them surgically corrected to present a more conventional appearance. Keep reading for 5 facts on nipple revision surgery.

  1. How is the surgery done? During nipple revision surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision around the areola and either cut, spread, or stretch the fibrous bands attaching the nipple to the breast. This is done with the nipple pulled to a protruding position. Stitches are then placed to secure the new permanent position of the nipple.
  2. Will I scar? Scarring is minimal and virtually invisible. Because the incision is made around the areola, any scarring will be largely disguised by the coloration and somewhat bumpy texture of the areola. No one need know you’ve had corrective surgery.
  3. How long does it take? Nipple inversion correction is generally done in an outpatient setting, under local anesthesia with or without sedation. The procedure generally takes about an hour. Plan to have someone bring you to the clinic and drive you home afterwards.
  4. Will I be able to breastfeed? This is something that is highly variable depending on the patient and their individual anatomy, as well as the type of procedure. If the surgeon has to cut tissue to free the nipples, you will not be able to breastfeed. With stretching, the patient may retain the ability to breastfeed, but will not know until they try. However, some patients with 3rd degree nipple inversion also may not be able to breastfeed due to the structure of the breast.
  5. How long will I be off my feet? Recovery is generally easy, with minimal discomfort. Patients may experience some tenderness for a few days, as well as some mild swelling and bruising. You should be able to return to work with a day or two.

If you would like to discuss your options for breast correction surgery, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule a FREE personal consultation with one of our award-winning surgeons. Dr. Carey Nease, Dr. Chad Deal, and Dr. Vincent Gardner are board-certified cosmetic surgeons who have performed thousands of breast procedures. They will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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Non-invasive Spider Vein Treatment

Posted by Vince Gardner on Jun 6, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Spider Vein TherapyAre you bothered by fine red spider veins or broken capillaries on your face? Have you noticed bulging veins on your legs, hands or feet? These can happen as we age or as the result of certain medical conditions. The underlying cause of your vein issues determines what sort of treatment is best for you. For many patients, a simple cosmetic procedure can greatly reduce or even eliminate the appearance of spider veins and some smaller bulging veins.

For some patients, however, the presence of small surface veins may indicate the presence of deeper, more significant vein problems. This might include worsening varicose veins, skin ulcerations or even spontaneous bleeding from a vein. These are serious medical conditions that require more intense diagnosis and treatment. It is important to be aware of this distinction, because many women and men have undiagnosed circulatory problems.

Here at Southern Surgical Arts, we do not perform any spider vein treatments on the legs without first performing an ultrasound exam. Ultrasound technology can “see” beneath the skin’s surface, enabling us to determine if your spider veins are purely a cosmetic issue or if there is a greater problem. If we discover a significant medical issue, we will help you address that first at our Vein Institute. Often patients find that treating the cause of spider veins eliminates the unwanted negative cosmetic side-effects, too.

The Procedure

We treat spider veins on delicate facial skin using either transdermal laser or radio frequency therapy. Treatment sessions take just 20-30 minutes. You will see improvement after the first session, but we usually recommend, on average, a series of 2-4 treatments depending on your aesthetic goals. Treatments are generally spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

To treat bulging veins on the hands and feet, we may offer several different techniques to improve appearance of these veins. We may offer sclerotherapy, micro-phlebectomy or endovenous thermal ablation techniques depending on the size of the veins and your goals. Sometimes we use a combination of these techniques to effect a better outcome. The goal of each of these techniques is the same…to damage the target vein or veins so the body will no longer be able to use it. Sclerotherapy works by injecting a sclerosant solution directly into the section of vein being treated. The damaged vein collapses, and the blood then finds another route to flow back to the heart. Your body will break down and dissolve or reabsorb the collapsed vein over time, so it will disappear. Endovenous thermal ablation techniques are similar in that the vein wall is destroyed but instead of using a sclerosant, heat energy is used to damage the vein wall. Once the vein wall is damaged the process of vein elimination usually takes a few weeks, but you may not see final results for several months or longer. Sclerotherapy and other ablation techniques on the back of the hand usually takes 30-45 minutes per hand.

These procedures are designed to produce cosmetic improvement, not to treat underlying vein disease. Because they are minimally invasive, they require no general anesthesia, and there is little to no downtime.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Almost everybody is a good candidate for cosmetic vein treatment. Although most of the patients we see are between 40 and 60 years of age, we have treated patients in their late teens and patients in their 90s. Although most patients are candidates for treatment some medical conditions may exclude safe treatment and that is why we individualized each patients treatment plan. Throughout the years we have found that patients are highly satisfied with the results of cosmetic vein treatment.

We invite you in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gardner. Together, we’ll explore your aesthetic goals and work toward revealing your own natural beauty.

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Topics: Body, Vein

Healthy Eating Tips from Our Surgeons

Posted by Vince Gardner on May 30, 2016 12:30:00 PM

At Southern Surgical Arts, we know that beautiful skin is not just a by-product of peels, scrubs, and laser resurfacing. There is a lot you can do, every day, to ensure your skin looks healthy and fresh—starting with the food you eat. After all, beauty starts from within, and that makes good nutrition essential to anyone who wants youthful, fresh, and radiant-looking skin, as well as more energy and better health overall. Here are some of the healthy-eating routines of our award-winning cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease, Dr. Chad Deal, and Dr. Vincent Gardner.

Dr. Carey Nease, Board-Certified Cosmetic SurgeonDr. Carey Nease

We prefer to eat a Mediterranean-style diet most of the time, with lots of veggies and lean meats. We use olive and coconut oil while cooking because we prefer the taste as well as the heart-healthy benefits. And we try to work in a good amount of healthy fats, like avocado and good nuts like almonds and walnuts.

We minimize our carb intake and eat very little sugar. Sugar causes inflammation and elevated consumption has been linked to so many health problems. We just feel our best when we eat as little sugar as possible—and we don’t miss it.

Dr. Chad Deal, Board-Certified Cosmetic SurgeonDr. Chad Deal

Avoiding processed food is the #1 most important advice I can offer others to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Processed foods are filled with additives and chemicals and usually have little to no nutritional value, as well as being loaded with empty calories. Reading the labels on this kind of food can be a real eye-opener. We try to eat as little processed food as possible at home, and we all feel better for it.

Caloric restriction is another important piece of advice. It has been clinically proven to be one of the best lifestyle changes a person can make, especially if you are overweight. Eating fresh, natural foods like fruits, vegetables and meats versus empty carbohydrates will help you feel full longer. This, in turn, will help you to reduce overall caloric intake. The fiber in fruits and vegetables will also keep your digestive system running smoothly.

In the past, people have been encouraged to avoid fats, but we now know this isn’t the best advice. Healthy fats can help boost your metabolism and help you feel full. Make sure you’re getting good fats from nuts, lean meats, fish (e.g. salmon), and avocado.

We try to follow these guidelines at home, not only for our own health but to set a good example for our kids. We want healthy nutrition habits to be second nature to them as they get older.

Dr. Vincent Gardner, Board-Certified Cosmetic SurgeonDr. Vincent Gardner

We recently started using a table top electric pressure cooker to prepare meals, because preparing food this way allows your food to retain more nutrients because the cooking time is reduced. We love the idea of serving meals that haven’t had most of their vitamins and minerals boiled or cooked away. Using a pressure cooker also cuts cooking time, allowing us to serve healthy meals even if we’re in a rush—we don’t have to choose between quick and nutritious.  There are lots of blogs out there with thousands of recipes to choose from depending on your tastes. 

I’ve also discovered that I feel healthier if I consume less gluten, so I’ve been incorporating more gluten-free meals into my diet. This makes me feel more energetic and rejuvenated.  I also seem to be losing some unwanted weight because by going gluten-free, I end up eating less processed sugar/carbs and more protein. 

Ashley McAdoo video on  heart healthy food choices

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Beauty on a Budget - All Under $300

Posted by Carey Nease on May 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

beauty-on-budget-001.jpgOne of the greatest things about today’s cosmetic procedures is that there truly is something for everyone…and every skin tone, condition, age, and budget. While some may think of cosmetic and spa procedures as being outside their price range, the truth is you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to give yourself a pampering “pick-me-up” that can leave you feeling more beautiful, confident, and refreshed. Keep reading to learn more about beauty solutions at a variety of affordable price points!

$100 and under

  • Well-groomed brows make a powerful beauty statement. Get yours tweezed or waxed and tinted for under $50 total in our spa. Add stand-out, darkened lashes without a mascara wand—meaning no smearing or clumping-- for just an additional $25.
  • Consider a 30-minute Essential Express Facial to refine and remineralize dull, lifeless skin—just $79 for radiant, glowing skin.
  • For $99, you can improve the look of age spots, old acne scars, clogged pores and more with a Mircroderm/Vibraderm procedure that will remove dull surface skin to improve texture and tone.

$200 and under

  • Botox can diminish the appearance of “eleven” lines caused by aging and repetitive facial expressions for under $200.
  • A Jessner’s Peel will smooth and rejuvenate skin, improving acne, discoloration, mild to moderate wrinkling and sun damage on the face, neck, hands or upper chest. And at just $149 for your first pass, it’s a total beauty bargain! Each additional pass of the chemical is just an additional $49!
  • While we slather on our facial sunscreen, we sometimes forget to extend that care to our necks, which can be quick to betray our bad habits. Improve signs of aging and sun damage with an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)treatment for smoother, more youthful-looking skin for around $149.

$300 and under

  • If you’re tired of those tell-tale “crow’s feet” around your eyes, a Botox or Dysport treatment will help you look more youthful and wide-awake…all for under $300.
  • A NanoLaserPeel treatment is one of our favorite age-defying treatments to help your facial skin look more beautiful and refreshed. Using computer-guided precision at precisely the right depth, this laser removes tired, dull cells to reveal skin with a smoother, more even and radiant texture—just $299.
  • Microneedling is an effective and affordable way to boost your collagen production and provide you with fresher, tauter skin. For around $299, a Dermapen procedure will help fade the appearance of old scars, improve skin tone, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

Other popular budget-friendly options include a laser hair reduction session (from $49 up, depending on area treated), and a Vitamin C Firming Facial ($119).

If you’re interested in learning more about affordable beauty options, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331. We’d love to share more information about how you can give yourself the pampering you deserve without breaking the bank!

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Topics: Skin, Face