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6 Ways to Be Kind to Your Oily Skin

Posted by Felicia Wright on May 22, 2017 2:02:00 PM

29989-youngerskinpng.png.204x150_q80_crop-smart.pngOily skin can make skin care a serious challenge. Combating that ever-present shine can take up way more of your time and attention than you’d like, and you’ve always got to be careful your efforts don’t cause more harm than good. Keep reading for 6 ways to bring out the best in your oily skin. 

 

  1. Start with a specialist. Before you begin the battle against oily skin, make sure you are armed appropriately—make an appointment with a skin specialist. A skin specialist will be able to make suggestions specifically tailored to you—taking into account your age, presence of acne or scarring, oily vs. dry spots, lifestyle; etc. In the long run, you’ll probably save money by seeing a dermatologist first, simply by avoiding spending extra cash on products that won’t work or that will inflame your skin.
  2. Commit to a routine. Once you’ve found a regimen that works for you, stick to it. That means staying consistent with your products and any treatments such as peels or facials. Remember, treatments like peels may make a dramatic temporary difference, but the only way to truly get on top of your oily skin is to use the correct products on a daily basis.
  3. Blotting papers are your friend. If you’re looking a bit slick by mid-day, don’t add an extra wash. This will only dry out your skin, causing it to produce even more oil. Instead, try blotting gently with oil-absorbing papers for a matte appearance without adding pore-clogging powder.
  4. Jessner Peels are your best That’s because one of the best treatments for oily skin is salicylic acid, and a Jessner Peel has a high concentration of it. Salicylic acid penetrates deeply into the pores, cleansing and slowing down oil production. A Jessner Peel also contains lactic acid, a powerful alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to reduce acne breakouts.
  5. Choose your exfoliant carefully. Anyone who has ever dealt with excess oil and the accompanying breakouts knows the temptation to wash the greasies away with rough-surfaced puffs that look more like pot scrubbers, or abrasive apricot masks, or alcohol-laden toners and astringents. However, the harsher your methods, the more dramatically your skin may react. To avoid damaging skin, clogging pores, causing excessive dryness or even more oil production, use a gentle salicylic acid cleanser to exfoliate pores—no rough scrubbing or rubbing!
  6. Consider a Broad Band Light (BBL) treatment. A BBL treatment is one of our favorite treatments for oily skin because it is gentle, yet able to effectively minimize pores and alleviate oil production. Used in conjunction with a good daily cleansing routine (see #2, above), it can help to greatly improve the appearance of oily skin.

If you’re losing patience trying to manage your oily skin, just remember there are people with super-dry skin who might like to trade with you (we’ll cover tips for them in a future blog)! If you’d like to talk to one of our experienced aestheticians about making the most of your oily skin, please call us at 423-266-3331 for an appointment.

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Topics: Skin, MedSpa

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments for Hair Loss

Posted by Vince Gardner on May 15, 2017 11:57:00 AM

prp-woman-hairloss-blog.jpgIf you’re one of the millions of women (or men) struggling with hair loss, you know how upsetting it can be to experience. Watching your “crowning glory” become thin and sparse takes an emotional toll, and you may end up worrying about your hair’s appearance instead of simply enjoying your life.

 Thankfully, Southern Surgical Arts can now offer new hope to those with thinning hair, thanks to the addition of platelet-rich plasma treatments. During this procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will take some of your blood and process it so that only the platelet-rich plasma cells remain. These contain many growth factors and nutrients that will be injected directly into your scalp, stimulating hair growth.

Keep reading to see what one of our patients had to say about this procedure:

Many years ago, I had some hair loss after a surgery.  Things went downhill from there. I continued to lose more and more hair no matter what medications or measures I took. I finally got to the point where I had to always have a perm, just to get enough scalp coverage. Then I also needed a tinted cream that I’d put on the sections of my scalp that still showed through. After that, the perm was not doing the job anymore, and the scalp that showed now was too much for the cream to keep up with, and I had to start using tinted fibers that you shake on for coverage.  I was the Queen of the Comb-over—after using “Velcro” curlers to get what “floof” I could, I’d pull the hairs over just so, shake on the fibers for the parts of the scalp that weren’t covered, and then use hairspray galore to try to ensure it never moved. I would have been humiliated if anyone had seen my problem!

 Well, I’ve now had my PRP treatments and my life has changed! I can get complete scalp coverage with just a blow-dry. I have tons of hair. I no longer have to use any covering product. (Tip for women with dark hair: keep your roots dyed as much as possible for best coverage.) I’m even thinking of taking a cruise, because the wind can whip through my hair without revealing any humiliating secrets!

~Kate

If you’re tired of dealing with thinning hair and would like to learn more about platelet-rich plasma treatments for hair loss, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331. We would be happy to answer all of your questions!

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Topics: Hair Restoration

Summer Sun Care—Important at Every Age!

Posted by Tammy Capel on May 1, 2017 11:16:00 AM

billboard_main.jpgIf you were to ask women in their 40s and 50s what they wish they could go back in time and do differently regarding their appearance, many would tell you, “I wish I had taken better care of my skin.” Whether they regret the time spent perfecting their tans by the pool or in tanning beds, driving with the convertible top down in the middle of summer, or playing tennis in sleeveless tops and short skirts, chances are some poor sun exposure habits caught up with them in later years.

But even if you’re already regretting a youth spent enjoying the sun without worrying about the consequences, it’s not too late. It’s always a good time to take care of the skin you’re in!

Here are some of our favorite tips for taking the best care of your skin during the summer and all year round.

  1. Apply sunscreen liberally. Whether you’re planning to spend a few hours in the garden, an afternoon at the beach, or just run an errand with your sunroof open, it’s worth slathering on the sunscreen. Choose a broad spectrum from a reliable brand and reapply every two hours, especially if you’re going in the water. If you choose a spray, make sure you apply it evenly for consistent coverage. It’s easy to miss spots, especially if it’s windy.
  2. Add Vitamin C serum. Boost the sun protection benefits of your sunscreen by adding a high-quality vitamin C serum for maximum protection. While vitamin C won’t protect your skin from the sun’s rays like sunblock, it is a powerful antioxidant that will help to mitigate any damage by aiding in skin repair. We recommend you apply the serum everywhere you apply sunblock, with special attention to on your hands, face, décolletage and neck. If you’d like a recommendation for a good serum, be sure to speak to one of the knowledgeable aestheticians in our Medspa.
  3. Wear a hat and sunglasses. Hats are always a fun fashion statement, and even better, they can do a great job of protecting the delicate skin of your face and and ears (not to mention the part in your hair). Add sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun and prevent fine line formation from constant squinting. It’s an added bonus that you’ll look glamorous and sun-savvy.
  4. Avoid tanning beds. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as safe tanning, and certainly no safe tanning in beds. People who use a tanning bed under the age of 35 increase their risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, by 75%. A tan may be many people’s ideal of beauty, but the most beautiful skin is healthy skin.
  5. Don’t forget your hands. Applying sunscreen to your face and body may be second-nature by now, but many forget the all-important skin on the hands. The skin on your hands will betray your age and any bad habits as fast, or faster, than the skin on your face, leading to premature wrinkling and age spots. So share the sunscreen love with your hands, even when you’re just driving to work. Consider wearing gloves when gardening too.

If you’re already dealing with the consequences of a little too much unprotected fun in the sun, don’t worry. From chemical peels to laser treatments to IPL, we’ve got options to help you erase the years and regain your youthful glow. Please call us at 423-266-3331 to learn more about our skin care products or treatment options for removing sun spots and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.

And enjoy your summer!

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Topics: Skin, MedSpa, Laser Resurfacing

5 Things to Know About Hollow Eyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Eye and Brow Lifts, Face

Microneedling, PRP and INFINI: Solutions for Smoother Skin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Topics: Skin, MedSpa

Microblading: The Eyebrow Trend You Need to Know About

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you’d like to schedule a microblading procedure, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to set up an appointment.
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Platelet Rich Plasma…Now at Southern Surgical Arts!

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

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

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

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

What Can PRP Be Used For?

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

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

Some of the procedures or treatments we offer include:

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

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

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Topics: Hair Restoration

Hair Loss Myths & Misconceptions

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

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

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

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

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

Reverse Hair Thinning and  Baldness with NeoGraft

 

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Our Most Popular Articles: Best Blog Posts of 2016

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

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

1. Beauty on a Budget: All Under $300

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

2. Revolutionizing Fat Reduction: SculpSure Comes to SSA

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

3. Introducing Our New Aesthetician, Neko Shae

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

4. Introducing Dr. Vincent Gardner

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

5. 4 Ways to Supercharge Your Skin Care

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

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

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

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SSA Kicks Off National Heart Month with IgniteRed Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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