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Tummy Tucks: Separating Fact from Fiction

Posted by Carey Nease on Apr 20, 2015 4:26:57 PM

Tummy_TuckThe tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures we perform at Southern Surgical Arts, but it is also the one that seems to generate the most misinformation and misconceptions. To help alleviate some of the confusion surrounding the tummy tuck, we tackle some of the most common questions we hear, below.

  1. Tummy tucks result in tighter abdominal muscles. FACT! Pregnancy often leaves moms with a permanent “pooch” caused by the separation and weakening of abdominal muscles and connective tissue. This can be difficult (or impossible, in some cases) to correct through exercise alone. During the tummy tuck, your surgeon will not only remove excess, sagging skin, he will repair and tighten your muscles, leaving you with a flat and smooth tummy.
  2. Tummy tucks are weight loss surgeries. FICTION! This is probably the most common misconception we run across during our tummy tuck consultations. The tummy tuck is not a weight-loss surgery—but you can fairly consider it a post-weight loss surgery.

    As the tummy tuck has grown in popularity through the years, it has become closely associated with lap band and gastric bypass procedures. This is because so many patients follow the dramatic weight loss caused by these surgeries with a tummy tuck to tighten loose skin and sagging abdominal muscles.

    While a tummy tuck absolutely will transform and beautify your body in dramatic ways, it will not help or cause you to lose weight. In fact, we recommend that you maintain a stable weight, close to your goal, for several months you before your procedure to gain the full benefit of the tummy tuck. Additional weight loss after the surgery may create more loose skin, and weight gain will alter your final results and may detract from your aesthetic goals.
  1. Tummy tucks can eliminate stretch marks. IT DEPENDS… A tummy tuck can eliminate many of your stretch marks, depending on how many you have and where they are located. Chances are you will still have some marks because it will not be possible to eradicate all the stretched skin.

    However, a tummy tuck will dramatically improve the appearance and tone of your skin, minimizing the appearance of any stretch marks that are left. And, you can always choose to further improve the appearance of your stretch marks with micro-needling treatments after you have recovered.

Do you have any questions about tummy tucks that we haven’t covered here? Schedule a FREE personal consultation with Southern Surgical Arts by calling us at 423-266-3331. One of our award-winning surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease or Dr. Chad Deal, will be happy to discuss the procedure with you.

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Q & A: Saline vs. Silicone Breast Implants

Posted by Chad Deal on Apr 13, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Saline_Or_SiliconeQ. I have wanted to enhance my barely B-cup breasts for a long time. I finally made up my mind to have surgery, but now I don’t know whether to have silicone or saline implants. Which one is better?

A. You can achieve beautiful, natural-looking breasts with both types of implants but there are certain factors to consider when making your decision. Some important facts about your options are listed below.

  • Both saline and silicone implants are safe and FDA-approved. If you have health concerns, rest assured that the FDA has cleared both types for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and thousands of women safely get implants every year.
  • Saline implants require smaller incisions. Silicone implants are inserted pre-filled at their full size, and so your surgeon may have to make a larger cut to accommodate them. Saline are empty when inserted, and then filled via tube during the surgery. However, the incisions for both procedures are usually completely hidden even under the smallest of bikini tops.
  • Saline may be better to correct uneven breasts. It is very common to have one breast smaller or larger than the other. If you desire an implant to make a smaller breast match the larger, you may want to opt for saline, because your surgeon can very precisely fill the implant to match your other breast.
  • Silicone feels more natural. When it comes to simple touch, it’s hard to beat the feel of a silicone implant. Many women make the decision based on this factor alone, because the soft feel of a silicone implant is so close to that of a “natural” breast.
  • Silicone looks more natural. Because of the density of the silicone, many women feel that silicone breasts give a more natural appearance, especially when leaning forward.
  • Saline is more natural. Saline implants are made of exactly what they sound like—sterile salt water. Some of our patients feel more comfortable with saline implants as a result. If your implants were to rupture, your body would simply absorb the liquid naturally. However, today’s implants are very unlikely to rupture and silicone implants are safe even if they do crack.
  • Silicone implants are less likely to ripple. Because of the thick, gel-like consistency of the silicone, you are less likely to see rippling or distortion than with saline. However, you can minimize the chances of this happening with saline implants by choosing a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has successfully performed many breast augmentations.

To determine the best type of implant for you, we recommend you come in for a complimentary personal consultation. One of our award-winning, board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, will discuss your aesthetic goals with you.

We will also share before and after pictures using both types of implants, and address any questions you might have. We are committed to helping you make the right choice to achieve your desired goal. Download the below resource for the top questions about breast augmentation below. Or, too schedule your free personal consultation, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331.

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Cosmetic Procedures & Payment Options: A Quick Guide

Posted by Tracie Lance on Apr 6, 2015 1:00:00 PM

ConsultIn consultations our patients sometimes tell us that they would have had their desired procedure a long time ago, if only… Most times, the “if only” they are referring to is a financial obstacle.

It is a very common misconception that because traditional medical health insurance doesn’t cover elective cosmetic procedures, that they are out of reach financially for the average person. Some of our patients tell us they are saving up for their procedure, or that they are going to earmark their tax refund or bonus to pay for it. However, you don’t have to wait for a windfall to get the procedure you desire.

At Southern Surgical Arts we offer flexible third-party financing options so that you can have the procedure you want, when you want. Each of these options is easy to apply for, and 100% confidential.

Keep reading to learn about three financing options offered by Southern Surgical Arts:

American HealthCare Lending is the newest addition to our financing options. American HealthCare Lending is a trusted name for financing in the cosmetic surgery industry. The loan process is quick and simple and doesn’t affect your credit to apply.

With American HealthCare Lending, you can set the terms of your loan for up to 84 months depending on the price of your procedure and what you can afford to pay each month. It is good for any virtually surgical cosmetic procedure you desire. There are no penalties for paying off your loan early and no retroactive interest.

American HealthCare Lending has an outstanding reputation for transparent, easy financing terms and is a great option for funding your procedure.

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that can also be used to finance your cosmetic procedures. Unlike American HealthCare Lending, you can use CareCredit to finance both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic interventions. This includes a broad array of procedures, from Botox® to breast augmentation.

Once you have opened a CareCredit card, you can use it again and again without reapplying as long as your credit remains in good standing. Additionally, you can use your card to pay for other family member’s procedures.

CareCredit allows you to make convenient monthly payments in 24-month to 60-month terms, or you can avoid interest altogether if you pay in full within a certain period of time.

United Medical Credit is a good option if you have “less-than-perfect” credit. United Medical Credit offers loans for up to $25,000 for cosmetic surgeries, including popular procedures such as face lifts, breast augmentations, rhinoplasties and even hair restoration (among others).

With United Medical Credit, you will get a competitive interest rate and have several term options available to you. There are also interest-free options if you meet certain credit criteria. Once you have been approved, they will disburse the funds directly to Southern Surgical Arts for your convenience.

As with American HealthCare Lending and CareCredit, you should have an answer from United Medical Credit within a very short period of time, usually within 24 hours or less.

We hope that getting the cosmetic surgery procedure of your dreams now feels a little bit more like reality! Please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to set up a confidential appointment to learn more about your financing options.

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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 the 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 tissues. The 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 usually 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 handles, and 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 423-266-3331for 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.

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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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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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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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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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