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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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Get Rid of Unwanted Hair

Posted by Neko Shae on Jan 30, 2017 2:11:00 PM

ssa-before-and-after-hair-reduction.pngWe all have unwanted hair on our bodies. And it doesn’t take long until the shaving, waxing, threading, sugaring, and tweezing gets really old. We spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars over time to keep unwanted hair away, all the while dealing with the unpleasant side effects of our hair removal efforts like ingrown hairs, infected bumps, rashes, and itching. It is definitely a hairy world out there, but the medspa at Southern Surgical Arts can help you do something about it!

At Southern Surgical Arts, we have the most advanced and comfortable laser hair reduction device available, the Candela Gentle Max Pro. It has the versatility to treat all skin tones no matter how light or dark. We also have multiple wavelengths to choose from, so we can customize the best treatment for every person’s skin. The Candela also has a cryogen system which releases a small burst of cooling with every single pulse that is delivered. This is the most comfortable technology for soothing the skin while receiving the laser hair reduction treatment. The treatments are so quick and easy that it takes just minutes to do the treatment, depending on which area you wish to treat.

Many people are concerned about how much the laser hair reduction treatments cost and assume it is too expensive. But it is actually less expensive to do laser hair reduction than to shave and wax, because over the course of time, you will not have to continuously spend money on services and expensive hair removal products.

With laser hair reduction, one can complete most of the hair reduction appointments within six to eight months, on average. Depending on skin type, laser hair reduction appointments are scheduled every four to six weeks apart for up to six to eight appointments. You might need a touch up or two down the road, depending on factors such as your growth cycle and hair color/texture, but your hair will be greatly reduced if not completely removed. No lumps, bumps, or razor burn involved!

If you’re tired of shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, and so forth, come for a free consultation at Southern Surgical Arts to determine if laser hair reduction is the right choice for you. We can familiarize you with our devices and give you the information to help make the best decision.

From the top of your head to the tips of your toes, Southern Surgical Arts can help alleviate your unwanted hair problems! To schedule your free consultation, call 423-266-3331.

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New Help for Thinning Hair – NeoGraft

Posted by Vince Gardner on Jan 30, 2017 1:30:00 PM

If you are one of the approximately 50 million men or 30 million women who suffer from pattern baldness or hair thinning, you know how distressing it can be to watch a previously-thick head of hair be diminished over time.

neograft-before-after.pngHair loss can be especially upsetting when topical treatments or medications do not help. Many struggle to style their hair so the thinning patches don’t show, wear hairpieces, or give up and shave their head completely. Whatever the cause, hair loss can be an emotional issue.

Until recently, there weren’t many good options to restore hair to its youthful fullness. Old-fashioned strip-style hair transplants or plugs were too easily detected, and often left visible scarring and discomfort. Possibly the only thing worse than losing your hair is sporting an obvious hair transplant! The good news is, those days are over! If you’re experiencing thinning hair, we can help.

Introducing NeoGraft

Southern Surgical Arts is excited to announce the addition of NeoGraft to our list of treatment options. This revolutionary technology allows a qualified professional to utilize the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method to remove hairs individually from the sides of your head or the nape of your neck where hair is thicker. Additionally, hair that grows in these locations are not usually affected by pattern baldness, so once they are transplanted, they should remain in their new locations. These hairs are then grafted to the thin places on your scalp, typically at the hairline or crown where hair thinning is common.

Things to Know About NeoGraft

  • This cutting-edge treatment is minimally-invasive. There is no downtime and very little to no discomfort.
  • You may be a good candidate if you have sufficient hair in the transplant areas, namely the sides and nape areas.
  • Results will be seamless and natural. No one will know unless you tell them.
  • No matter how talented your NeoGraft professional is, they cannot give you back the hair you had in your 20s. However, they can give you a thicker, fuller head of hair that looks natural and healthy.

If you’d like to learn more about the new art of hair restoration, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a complimentary NeoGraft consultation. Since the goal with any kind of hair restoration procedure is to have natural-looking as well as beautiful results, it’s important that you choose your provider wisely. You want someone with the technique, training, and artistic sensibility to give you the results you desire. Southern Surgical Arts will be happy to answer all of your questions about this game-changing new procedure.

Reverse Hair Thinning and  Baldness with NeoGraft

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Dr. Carey Nease Voted Finalist for Best of the Best in North Georgia!

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 20, 2017 12:47:42 PM

carey_suit.jpgWe are excited to announce that Dr. Carey Nease was recently named a finalist in the Best of the Best awards for North Georgia! Thousands of votes were cast in this year’s awards, and Dr. Nease was voted to be one of “best of the best” cosmetic surgeons in the area.

Dr. Carey Nease said, “These awards are so meaningful because they are determined by the votes of people in the community. At Southern Surgical Arts, we are committed to providing a positive, safe, and rewarding experience for every patient, and being named a finalist lets us know we are on the right track. I am honored to be recognized in this way, and look forward to many more years serving the people of Calhoun, Georgia.”

Dr. Carey Nease is a board-certified cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon known for his artistry and technique, with experience doing more than 8,000 procedures, including rhinoplastys, facelifts, brow lifts, breast lifts and augmentations, tummy tucks, and more. Dr. Nease also developed the RevaLift, a laser-assisted face lift to provide rejuvenation to the lower face.

For more information about our Calhoun, Georgia location, or to set up a complimentary consultation, please contact us at 706-629-8622.

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Congratulations, Dr. Carey Nease—President-Elect of American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 16, 2017 11:26:00 AM

ABFCS Logo.jpgToday we are pleased to announce some exciting news regarding SSA’s very own Dr. Carey Nease! Last month, Dr. Nease was elected to the office of President-Elect of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He was nominated and elected by the current board of trustees. His term, which begins this month and ends in December, will then segue into a term of President of the Board for the year 2018.

During his term as President-Elect, Dr. Nease will be working closely with the current president in preparation for taking over those duties next January. They will develop the annual budget, as well as marketing and public relations plan for the Board. One of the most important project they will undertake this year is the annual certifying exam that will take place in October in Dallas, Texas. As chairman of the oral exam committee, Dr. Nease will oversee the entire exam process in conjunction with the Board’s executive director. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Nease will also help to run the monthly meetings and fill in for the President during any absences.

“It was such an honor to be recognized by my peers from across the country in this manner. I’ve been a diplomat of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery for 3 years, so this is clearly an honor for me. I look forward to working with the current President to lead our organization toward our goals for the year,” Dr. Nease said.

Dr. Nease is an award-winning cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon who is considered an expert in the field of facial cosmetic surgery. He has performed of thousands cosmetic surgical procedures over the course of his career 13-year career and frequently lectures around the country. For more information about the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, please visit their website at www.ambrdfcs.org.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Vince Gardner on Jan 3, 2017 11:52:10 AM

ssa-go-red-heart.jpgThe New Year is HERE! It’s that time that so many of us use to take stock and examine ways we can improve our quality of life, our health, our habits, and relationships for the year to come. New Year’s Resolutions can be so helpful because they force us to look at things we are not happy with, and take steps to change them. It’s a bonus to know that so many others are also doing the same thing, at the same time—hopefully giving us a little extra motivation, not to mention a feeling of camaraderie. And the New Year is an ideal time to start fresh with a new routine.

With all this going for us, then, why is keeping our resolutions so hard?

According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions, and many won’t even make it through the end of January before abandoning them. This is discouraging, but don’t let it change your mind about setting goals for the New Year. Instead, let it influence HOW you go about making your resolutions for the greatest chance of success. Keep reading for 5 tips for making your resolutions work for you in 2017.

  1. Pick Your Battles. Focus on what is going to bring you the most happiness, satisfaction, health, etc, in the coming months. You have a limited amount of time to work with, so be realistic with yourself. While you may truly want to write that novel, lose 20 pounds, exercise 5 days a week, spend more time with family and friends (not a great resolution as stated anyway—see #3), and give up your 2-pack a day gummy bear habit, taking on all of these changes at one time is a sure recipe for discouragement…and failure. Pick one or two and dedicate your efforts to them. Once they are established as routine, you can always add another one in the middle of the year if you’re still feeling like a resolution-achieving powerhouse!
  1. Set Actionable Goals and Milestones. Don’t just say “run a 5k in 2017.” Detail how you are going to get there. Are you in marathon-shape already? If not, choose the exercise regimen that’s going to get you there. If the marathon you are aiming for takes place in October, where do you need to be in March to get there? What about June? Setting milestones you need to achieve along the way will keep you motivated, focused, and on track to achieving your goals. And once you hit those milestones, consider rewarding yourself with new workout wear or a movie date—something to acknowledge your progress and keep you excited about the journey you’re on.
  1. Be specific. As mentioned above, setting a resolution like “spend more time with family and friends” is not necessarily going to help you reach your goal. Why? It’s not specific, and it doesn’t clearly reflect what you want. If you only saw your best group of girlfriends once in 2016, seeing them twice will satisfy the resolution as stated. But will seeing them only twice really achieve what you wanted when you wrote that resolution down? Instead, try setting a goal to meet with your girlfriends once a week for lunch, or hosting Sunday night dinners for family members every other month. The more specific you are, the more you can hold yourself accountable, and (hopefully) the better satisfied you will be with the outcome when December rolls around.
  1. Be true to yourself. If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool introvert, setting a resolution to be more outgoing and attend more parties may not bring you the happiness that you think it will. Being more social if you’re feeling lonely is a great resolution, but be honest with yourself about what you’re capable of. If you’re someone who gets your energy from being around people all the time, setting a goal to read 75 books will only serve to isolate you. Weigh your goals against what you’ll have to give up to achieve them to find a workable balance that you’re more likely to live with. 
  1. Find a Resolution Buddy. When it comes to that 60-minute hot yoga class, don’t forget misery loves company! Seriously, everything is easier—and more fun—with a friend to share it with. Finding a resolution buddy who is committed to the same goal as you are can help you both stay motivated. You can take turns cheerleading when the scales won’t budge or when it’s raining outside and you’d really like to stay curled up by the fire instead of taking that hike. And it’s a great way to multi-task—expanding your friendships while achieving your goals!

We especially like the healthy lifestyle resolutions here at SSA because it’s always a good time to be kind to the only body you’ll ever have. Check out some previous articles on healthy living here and here. And be sure to visit the blog in the coming weeks, as we promote heart health for Go Red for Women!

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Happy New Year from Southern Surgical Arts

Posted by Chad Deal on Dec 26, 2016 2:52:00 PM

ssa-new-years-sm.pngChristmas is over and 2017 is on the way! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend with special time with your families and friends. As the year winds to a close, we wanted to take a few minutes to thank our readers, patients, and families for their support during the past year.

Every person on the staff here at SSA is here because they want to make a positive difference in our patients’ lives. This desire informs every action here at the practice, from the way we greet out patients when they come in for the first consultation, to helping them understand financing options, discussing their surgical options and outcomes with them, to the final, follow-up appointment.

In turn, our patients have let us know they have appreciated the “Southern Surgical Arts Difference,” with glowing testimonials, awards, and repeat visits. We couldn’t do it without you!

2016 was a special year for us here at SSA, thanks to YOU, and we hope that 2017 will offer many blessings to our patients and their families.

Please visit our blog in the coming weeks for tips on how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, information about new procedures, and as we gear up for Go Red for Women 2017!

Happy New Year!

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Top 5 Beauty Gift Suggestions for Christmas

Posted by Carey Nease on Dec 19, 2016 2:16:19 PM

Christmas_gift_bags-1.jpgIt’s that time of year again…time to find exactly the right gift for everyone on your list, while simultaneously getting the house decorated, chauffeuring the kids to Christmas pageant rehearsal, house cleaning, potlucking, gift wrapping, don’t forget office partying (and, of course, working)—in other words, “in your spare time.”

No pressure!

So what’s a gift-giver to do when they’ve got no time but want to show a special person just how much they love and appreciate them? The answer is easy: give a Southern Surgical Arts gift card!

What better way to show your appreciation for the loved ones in your life than to give them a pampering experience in our MedSpa, or contribute to the surgical procedure they’re wanting? Gift cards can be purchased in any denomination, using any of our normally accepted payment forms.

Patients use gift cards in our offices all the time—they’re a convenient, thoughtful, highly-appreciated gift. Here are 5 examples of ways your giftee can use their gift cards (depending on the amount given):

  1. Products from our medspa. Your gift card recipient can choose from an array of products, from sunscreens to moisturizers to topical treatments to improve skin tone and texture. We carry only the finest products from nationally-recognized brands so you can be assured of the best quality. Check out our Party Perfect Deals to see the great buys your recipient can take advantage of right now!
  2. Fillers and Botox. Your giftee can get selfie-ready with Botox to minimize fine lines and crow’s feet, or fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm to plump out lines around the mouth, create fuller, more youthful-looking lips, smooth out fine lines, and fill in wrinkles. And during December, you can add volume with Voluma or Juvederm and get a great deal on Botox.
  3. Laser hair reduction. It may be too cold for a swimsuit, but right now is actually the perfect time to reduce unwanted hair on the face, legs, underarms or bikini area because they won’t have to worry about irritating sun exposure afterward.
  4. Laser skin resurfacing. Give the gift of the Halo Glow this Christmas, with the laser skin resurfacing procedure that leaves skin looking youthful, refreshed, and, yes, glowing! Just in time for holiday party season.
  5. Contribute to surgical procedures. If you know a loved one is planning a face lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck/mommy makeover or similar procedure in the New Year, your gift card can be used toward the cost of their procedure. You’ll definitely be helping them get something you know they want…and it’s so easy!

This is just a short list of the many ways your giftee can pamper themselves this holiday season with a gift card to Southern Surgical Arts. We didn’t even mention chemical peels, microneedling, tattoo removal and many more! To get a gift card for a deserving person in your life, drop by our offices or call us at 423-266-3331 for more information. And, happy holidays!

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Straight Talk About Vaginal Rejuvenation

Posted by Neko Shae on Dec 12, 2016 11:49:00 AM

couple.jpgOk, ladies, let’s talk about something a lot of women are dying to talk about, but are too shy to mention— the female area. Most women don’t realize how many other women deal with the same vaginal issues they have for one simple reason—no one likes to talk about problems “down there.” So the topic becomes taboo, and that leaves us thinking we’re the only ones dealing with problems. Well, that stops today!

From our young adulthood to childbirth to menopause, our unique parts are constantly under the influence of hormonal and life changes. That means something is always changing, sometimes for the good, sometimes for the not-so-good. And it only seems to get more interesting with age. I mean, did you ever really think about these problems when you were in your 20s? Chances are, you didn’t…because it was fine. But as we get older, we begin to see changes in everything! Birthing children takes a toll, a lack of estrogen takes a toll, and let’s not forget about gravity, the gift that keeps on giving (and taking).

Chances are, if you’ve had children or are older than 40, you and your “lady parts” may not be on the best terms right now. Maybe you wish things were the way they used to be, back when you just took your female health for granted. But hold on, we have some amazing news for you! We can now do something about the not-so-little annoyances that disrupt our vaginal health and comfort.

Dryness….we can fix it! Laxity, we can fix that too. And while we are at it, why not make the entire vagina young again! Is this even possible, you ask? As a matter of fact, it is.

The DiVa vaginal laser can help. Yes, there is finally a minimally-invasive treatment to increase vaginal muscle tone, enhance sensation, reduce vaginal laxity and increase lubrication. And, one of my personal favorites, it may also improve stress urinary incontinence. You know the drill—you’re on your daily run, sneezing, laughing too hard (forget about jumping on a trampoline), just living life, only to be greeted by urine leakage. The DiVa has a good chance of making that less of a problem. So basically, you are more likely to have better sex with more lubrication and sensitivity, then afterward, go for a jog or jump rope, and, quite possibly, not have a trickle problem!

I know what you’re thinking. A laser in the vagina sounds painful. The good news is, it’s not. A small amount of numbing cream is applied to the treatment area beforehand and the vaginal rejuvenation itself only takes about 3 minutes. That’s it! You can even do the treatment on a lunch break and go back to work afterward. Now you have officially pushed the “easy” button.

And even though each session only takes 3 minutes, the benefits are dramatic and long-lasting. At Southern Surgical Arts, we recommend getting three treatments in six-week intervals. And just so you know, there is currently a 100% satisfaction rate for the DiVa vaginal rejuvenation treatment according to RealSelf.com. And this, dear ladies, is your new secret weapon to staying and feeling youthful and confident.

Life is too short to settle for reduced quality of life! If you want to improve your vaginal comfort and incontinence issues, DiVa can help. (Bonus: I haven’t even mentioned how much younger the labia and outer area can look if we combine DiVa with another procedure, both of which can be done at the same time). Come on in and we’ll talk about it. Call us at 423-266-3331 to start your rejuvenation journey!

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Introducing Our New Aesthetician, Neko Shae

Posted by Neko Shae on Dec 5, 2016 10:52:00 AM


Neko-Shae-Aesthetician1. Please tell our blog readers what drew you to a career in aesthetics.

It was my own aesthetician that sparked my interest in becoming an aesthetician myself. I loved the changes she made in my skin, and I also enjoyed how relaxed and positive I felt after getting a treatment. I considered it somewhat therapeutic, and always had a more positive outlook just from taking care of my skin and knowing that it was healthier and looked better. I wanted to replicate my experience and share it with others so they, too, could feel healthy, optimistic and project a better sense of self to the rest of the world.

So with that, I enrolled in school and got my Aesthetician license. I have been involved in the aesthetic field in a variety of ways, but found my niche with the medical aspect of skin care. Using modalities like lasers, radiofrequency and ultrasound became fascinating to me. The changes in the skin are so transformative and the overall health benefits to the skin are staggering. I have worked with some knowledgeable educators and physicians, and look forward to expanding my knowledge and career with the amazing providers at Southern Surgical Arts.

2. What is your absolute favorite procedure/treatment to do and why?

I love the results of infusing scattered light into the dermis of the skin. It is commonly called BBL or IPL. It can be used on most skin types and helps remove the overall damage caused by environmental factors and general aging. Not only does it help with color balance of the skin, but it can improve texture, pore size and softening of lines and wrinkles. It has also been proven to change gene expression, which is where your skin actually becomes younger--and that is amazing!

3. What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about cosmetic treatments?

Oh my! I can honestly say the biggest misconceptions about cosmetic treatments is that there is a cream out there that is going to fix everything! To begin with, the FDA has no restrictions on what a company can say their product does in this market. It is pretty much a free-for-all. That is why it is so important to use the medical- grade products which have to perform to a standard that is proven to be effective. It is not only about what is in the medical grade products, but the amounts of effective ingredients that will make an impact. There is so much research that go into these products, and that is why they are proven to work. So don't look for a miracle in a bottle, but do use good products that will help you reach your overall skincare goals.

4. Please tell blog readers about your hobbies/personal details you want to share.

I have loved horses since birth I believe! I love to ride every chance I get. Being outside in the mountains on a horse is some of the best therapy I can imagine. I like being outside in general, and busying myself with living. I adore my friends and family and the amazing time we spend together. I spend much of my time with my dog, Ben. If it is dog-friendly, he is there with me. I take him everywhere, and my friends tolerate it well! I have an affinity for travel. I love to go places. It doesn't matter if it is beach, mountains or desert...I want to go! I enjoy anything that helps me grow. I enjoy the process of bettering myself. Life is fascinating!

5. What do you think makes Southern Surgical Arts special?

Southern Surgical Arts is the pinnacle of cutting-edge aesthetic treatments. They have opened their facility to modality research to determine the efficacy of the newer devices on the market. Other companies turn to SSA for input about effective devices on the market. There is no other medical spa that offers the most varied and up-to-date lasers in all of Chattanooga. The surgeons and staff are trained above and beyond to provide the optimal results of any surgery or treatment one might choose. SSA is growing and I am thrilled to be part of such a professional establishment that chooses knowledge as their tool for growth.

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