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15 Undeniable Reasons to Love Body Contouring

Posted by Chad Deal on Dec 11, 2014 3:57:36 PM

body_b“Body Contouring” is a term that refers to any procedure that reshapes and perfects the contours of the body. At Southern Surgical Arts, we offer a variety of surgical and non-invasive body contouring options, including traditional liposuction, liposculpture, and surgery. Sometimes we use a combination of approaches to achieve a patient’s aesthetic goals. Below are 15 reasons we love body contouring.

  1. Our patients LOVE the results. This is the most important reason! A body contouring procedure can improve body confidence like few other things can. Many of our patients have told us they never thought it was possible to love their new “look” so much. And we love to hear that.
  2. Switch an apple or pear for an hourglass. Although no procedure can completely change your body structure, through body contouring we can slim a thicker middle and balance out your bottom half. In combination with a breast augmentation and/or a Brazilian Butt Lift, you can achieve the hourglass curves you’ve always desired.
  3. Blast away problem zones that exercise can’t fix. Just about everyone has stubborn pockets of fat they have tried to target through diet and exercise. And just about everyone has conceded defeat in that battle! However, liposuction can eliminate those fat pockets on your back, thighs, waist and more.
  4. So long, shapers. Girdles, spandex shapers and other constricting undergarments may give you a streamlined shape under your party dress, but they are also hot, seriously uncomfortable and can leave visible lines. After liposuction, and/or a tummy tuck, if needed, you can have smooth, sleek curves without the confinement of shapers.
  5. Complements weight loss surgery. Body contouring is not a substitute for weight loss. However, it is an ideal companion. Many of our patients lose a significant amount of weight after lap band or gastric bypass surgery, only to discover they still don’t have the body they wanted due to excess, sagging skin. Body contouring is an ideal way to address skin that can’t “bounce back” anymore.
  6. Restores your pre-baby body. Pregnancy is hard on a mother’s body due to significant weight gain and subsequent weight loss--sometimes over multiple pregnancies--stretch marks, and lax skin. A tummy tuck is frequently the only way to truly address these issues. With just one incision located below your bikini line, your cosmetic surgeon can remove lax skin (frequently taking a lot of stretch marks with it) and tighten your stomach muscles, giving you a body you can bare on the beach with confidence.
  7. Men love it, too. It’s a mistake to think that men can’t benefit from body contouring, because they can and do. We frequently perform liposuction on men who want to eliminate love handles and excess fat on the abdomen to reveal the abs they’ve been sculpting at the gym. We are also able to reshape the chest to remove pockets of fats that have developed in the breasts.
  8. You don’t have to have “surgery” to get results. One of our most popular treatments, Exilis, uses radio frequency to deliver energy deep into the tissues. Fat is liquefied and collagen growth is stimulated, and skin is tightened without surgery. This non-invasive procedure can be done anywhere on the face or body.
  9. Blast past a weight loss plateau. Exilis is also used to trim fat when patients have reached a “plateau” in their dieting and weight loss. Although not a substitute for good nutrition and exercise, if you are 20-30 pounds overweight and want to “melt away” unwanted fat, Exilis may be a good option for you.
  10. Body contouring addresses issues you might be embarrassed to talk about. Many women are unhappy with the fat pad over their pelvic area, called the mons pubis. If there is excessive fat in this area, it can bulge visibly in clothing. We can correct a protruding mons pubis with liposuction and perform a surgical lift if necessary.
  11. Fat: not just for removal anymore. Body contouring is not just about removing excess fat. In the hands of a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with strong technical skills and the artistic ability to match, curves can also be created. Through a process known as fat transfer, your surgeon removes fat via liposuction, purifies it to remove toxins, and injects in areas where you want it—like your buttocks, or hollow areas in your face.
  12. You can do a little, or a lot. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to body contouring. You may only need an Exilis procedure, or you may want to pursue a tummy tuck. You can combine body contouring treatments with other procedures, such as a Brazilian Butt Lift or an arm lift. How much you might need to have done depends on your desired goals, skin condition and general health.
  13. Downtime can be minimal. For non-invasive treatments, you won’t need to take much time off from “real life” at all. In the case of Exilis, there is no downtime. Each treatment takes about 20-40 minutes, so you can do it over your lunch hour and go right back to business. Downtime for liposuction is about one week.
  14. It’s more affordable than you think. Southern Surgical Arts offers special discounts throughout the year as well as a wide range of treatments to suit every budget. We also offer several convenient payment options so you can get the treatment that you want, when you want.
  15. Results look natural. The most artistic cosmetic surgery will not leave you looking “done.” A successful cosmetic surgery should be as invisible and natural as possible, leaving you as the focus.

As always, the success of any cosmetic procedure depends on the skill of your surgeon. To get the most beautiful, artistic results from your body contouring, make sure you choose a surgeon who is well-qualified and highly trained. Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal are both board-certified, award-winning surgeons who are leaders in their field. They have performed more than 11,500 cosmetic surgery procedures combined over the past 11 years. To learn more about how you can benefit from body contouring at Southern Surgical Arts, please call us at 423-266-3331.


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Topics: Brazilian Butt Lift, Fat Transfer, Liposuction, Body

Why Our Patients Love Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Posted by Chad Deal on Dec 1, 2014 1:30:00 PM

breast_roll_bWhen we think of cosmetic and plastic surgery, we tend to think about true surgery—incisions and anesthesia and recovery time. But some of our most popular treatments do not require “surgery” at all. Of the more than 15 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2013, more than 13 million were minimally-invasive. Of the minimally-invasive procedures, Botox injections were by far the most popular, followed by soft-tissue fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. Why are these “non-surgical” rejuvenation options so popular?

Why Choose Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Over Surgery?

To determine the best option for you, it’s best to schedule a personal consultation with a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. He will be able to assess your concerns and goals, taking into account your age, sun exposure history, and general health, and provide a personalized treatment plan for you. However, some common reasons our patients cite for choosing a non-surgical intervention include:

  • Little to no commitment. While non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques do provide beautiful results that will last for months, they are usually not permanent. This means that you can “test-drive” certain procedures and only repeat them if you love the results. If not, no big deal, the effects will fade in a few months. Botox is the best example of this benefit. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation options are a wonderful way to try a new look to see if it’s really what you want permanently.
  • Less downtime. Some patients just do not have the time to invest in recovering from a surgical procedure, yet still desire to look younger or more radiant. All of the options listed above require minimal to no downtime, and the only evidence (if any) will be some mild redness, swelling or bruising. Most procedures can be performed in our office over your lunch break and you can get back to your normal activities immediately.
  • Cost. Non-surgical facial rejuvenations are far less expensive than surgical options. They are non-invasive, do not require anesthesia, and are affordable on just about any budget, with treatments starting at $99.
  • Fear of surgery. Some patients are surgery-averse. We have patients who dislike the idea of stitches and scarring, but feel comfortable with injections and laser treatments. And, after experiencing first-hand how impressive the results can be, some patients become more comfortable with the idea of future surgical intervention.
  • So many choices! You have a large variety of non-surgical options, thanks to the number of fillers and laser technology options available. Your surgeon may even offer you a combination of treatment options—for example, Botox injections paired with laser resurfacing to reveal the tightest, smoothest, most youthful-looking skin possible, short of a facelift. There are also lasers treatments available that specifically target redness like port wine stains, cherry moles and rosacea. Your options are nearly endless!

At Southern Surgical Arts, we perform thousands of Botox injections each year. Besides being useful in treating migraines and depression, Botox provides gorgeous results in smoothing out wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines.

Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can fill out thin lips, plump hollowed places caused by the aging process, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All fillers are not created equal, however. A qualified cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon should have a number of fillers at his disposal, and be well-versed in knowing which filler is most appropriate for your needs.

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion work to remove sun damage and age spots, revealing softer, smoother more beautiful skin.

Laser skin rejuvenation is also very popular. A skillful cosmetic surgeon can precisely remove damaged layers of skin, effectively erasing blotches, minor scars, pigmented lesions, wrinkles and lines to help your skin look younger, firmer and more radiant.

One of our most popular new facial rejuvenation treatments is Ulthera, the only non-invasive technology that is FDA-approved to lift and tighten skin on the face, neck, and chest. During an Ulthera treatment, your cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon utilizes ultrasound imaging to visualize specific layers of tissue. This allows him to concentrate the sound energy on the areas where it is most needed, stimulating the production of collagen at a deep level. Ulthera is an excellent option for men and women with mild to moderate skin laxity.

If you want to reveal a younger, more beautiful you, but aren’t quite ready for surgery, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule a FREE personal consultation. Our award-winning, board certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, will be happy to offer their expertise in choosing a treatment plan for you.


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Topics: Skin, Face

5 Common Misconceptions about Facelifts

Posted by Carey Nease on Nov 24, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Facelift_before_afterThe facelift is one of the most popular procedures we perform here at Southern Surgical Arts. Men and women alike love this procedure because it can help them to look as young as they feel.

Although it’s a common procedure, we occasionally encounter some apprehension from patients who are interested in having smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin, but are nervous about committing to a surgical facelift due to outdated information and bad memories of plastic-looking, old-school facelifts. We are always glad to set their mind at ease with current information and before-and-after photos that demonstrate what a long way facelifts have come!

Below are the five most common myths and misconceptions we hear about facelifts.

  1. My skin will look stretched or artificial (plastic). If you choose your cosmetic surgeon wisely, it won’t. Results of a facelift performed by the right surgeon will be vastly different from the obviously “done” facelifts we saw so often on TV in the 80s and 90s. In fact, with today’s technological advances, a good facelift should be natural-looking and virtually undetectable. Traditional facelifts of the past simply pulled skin to the side without actually doing much lifting or replacement of volume loss, resulting in the stretched-tight, hollow look that has made such a lingering impact on people’s impressions of what can be a great procedure.

    However, today’s cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedures actually lift the skin and underlying tissues, utilize transferred fat from other areas of the body to plump hollow places, and also often include laser resurfacing of the skin to erase sun damage and restore elasticity. The result is beautifully firmer, tighter, natural-looking result that does not scream “plastic surgery.” Our goal is that you look younger and refreshed, not different, pulled or plastic.
  1. All facelifts are created equal. At Southern Surgical Arts, our surgeons have over 15 years experience performing facial cosmetic surgery. To achieve the best results, we customize each patient’s treatment plan according to what works best for them and their unique needs and desires. Some patients may simply wish to have their facial skin tightened and excess neck skin removed, or they may wish to add a brow lift or eye lift to remove hooded skin, raise drooping brows and erase forehead lines and wrinkles. For others, we may also harvest fat from other places on the body and inject it into hollow areas caused by aging or weight loss. Some patients may prefer to have a laser facelift, which will leave them with firmer, more youthful looking skin, but with less dramatic results than a surgical option. The best way to find out what will work best for you is to set up a consultation to discuss your desires and goals with your facial cosmetic surgeon.
  1. Facelifts are for people a lot older than me, the rich or celebrities. When it comes to facelifts, the old saying “age is just a number” is very apt. Determining whether you are a candidate for a facelift is much more dependent on your health, the presence of jowls and excess neck skin or other signs of aging such as hollowing and other factors, than the date on your birth certificate.

    Additionally, early intervention to reduce signs of aging and sagging may lead to a more natural-looking result. And the rich and celebrities are hardly alone in taking advantage of cosmetic surgery to look more youthful and beautiful. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the facelift was one of the top 5 most frequently-performed cosmetic procedures in 2013. And the cost may not be as high as you might think. Chances are good that you know people who have had a facelift…you just couldn’t tell.
  1. My scars will be obvious. In the hands of a well-trained, board-certified cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon, your scars will be well-placed and virtually undetectable. In fact, you will likely still be able to wear your hair up or pulled back in most cases. Men can typically expect their scars to be minimal and unseen, even with short haircuts. Your best option to reduce the appearance of scars is to carefully choose your surgeon and ask to see his pre- and post-surgery photo gallery, including pictures of patients’ scars.
  1. I am scared the recovery will be painful and long. This misconception was actually once very true—with the traditional facelifts of the past. Those patients could expect to spend 6-8 weeks recovering, and the post-op time was often very challenging with discomfort, swelling and bruising. However, recovery time for a cosmetic facelift today is generally 10-14 days, with minimal discomfort. Advances in technology and techniques have contributed to vast improvements in both the results and the down time. After a facial rejuvenation surgery at Southern Surgical Arts, you should be looking great and back to your routine daily activities in short order!

If you are interested in a facelift but had reservations, we hope this has put your mind at ease! We would be happy to discuss your options for looking more youthful and beautiful with you, so please set up a FREE personal consultation with one of our multiple award-winning cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease or Dr. Chad Deal, today. Simply call our office at 423-266-3331 to schedule your appointment.

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5 Signs You Might Need a Tummy Tuck

Posted by Chad Deal on Nov 17, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Tummy_TuckAre you ready to have your pre-baby body back but discouraged that your diet and exercise efforts haven’t been effective? Or, have you lost a significant amount of weight only to find you have excess, loose skin that hasn’t “tightened up” with time? In either situation, it’s common to have skin that has been pushed past its elasticity limit and can no longer bounce back.

While liposuction can remove excess fat around the waistline and lower abdomen, it cannot remedy excess skin or weak muscles that allow your abdomen to bulge. At Southern Surgical Arts, we frequently combine liposculpture with a tummy tuck procedure, so that we can address lax skin and weak muscles with surgery, as well as create more beautiful contours via liposuction. The result is a beautiful, post-pregnancy or weight loss body that anybody would be proud to show off.

Keep reading to learn five signs that a tummy tuck might be appropriate for you.

  1. Loose abdominal muscles. If your abdominal muscles seem resistant to exercise and are no longer providing the support you need, a tummy tuck surgery can address this problem. A skilled cosmetic surgeon can separate the layers of skin and fat from the muscle and then pull the muscles together at the midline, creating tighter, firmer muscles and a flatter stomach.
  2. Extreme skin laxity and excess fat. If your skin has little to no elasticity left, you will likely need a tummy tuck to improve its appearance. Once skin has become lax and “stretched out,” even removing any fat behind it will not fix the situation. Skin laxity is not only caused by the stretching that occurs during pregnancy, it also can occur in people who have lost significant weight via dieting or gastric bypass. Tummy tucks are not just for mommies, but for anyone who has excess skin and fat—including men.
  3. Still wearing maternity clothes months (or years) after giving birth. Celebrities’ careers depend on getting their pre-baby bellies back in record time, but that’s just not realistic for most of us. However, if after a year of dieting and exercise you haven’t seen any improvement and find wearing non-maternity clothes uncomfortable, you might wish to discuss a tummy tuck with a skilled cosmetic surgeon. Additionally, if you have slimmed down considerably after dieting or bypass surgery, you may be frustrated that you have lost so many pounds only to find your clothing options are still limited. A tummy tuck can make a huge difference in how you look in your clothes (as well as out of them!)
  4. Significant stretch marks. Unfortunately, there is still no perfect solution for stretch marks. We can fade the color of new stretch marks significantly—and sometimes improve the texture of old ones—with devices like the Dermapen, but there is currently no treatment that can permanently erase them. However, if you have excess skin removed during a tummy tuck, most stretch marks will be removed as well. If there are any remaining stretch marks, they will likely be much lower on your abdomen where they are less visible. And, your beautiful new curves and sculpted muscles will draw attention away from them!
  5. Decreased body confidence. One of the best reasons to have a tummy tuck may simply be that you do not feel confident about yourself and body. Decreased self-confidence can negatively impact your personal life, your sex life, and how you interact with others at work and play. It’s important to look and feel your best, and it may be hard to do that if you are feeling self-conscious and less than secure in your appearance.

You might be a candidate for a tummy tuck if you are:

  • Age 25 to 65 
  • Non-smoker
  • Generally in good health 
  • Desire a flatter stomach, stronger abdominal muscles and a more beautiful, sculpted waistline

The surgery is available for both men and women.

A tummy tuck can greatly boost your body-confidence and comfort, especially when performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon with the ability to balance technique and artistry to achieve the most beautiful results. Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal are award-winning, board-certified cosmetic surgeons who have performed more than 700 tummy tuck procedures.

To learn more about tummy tucks and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact our office at 423-266-3331 to schedule a FREE personal consultation.


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Topics: tummy tuck, Body

Facelifts and Ultherapy: Even Better Together

Posted by Carey Nease on Nov 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Ultherapy_DeviceWhen it comes to looking dramatically younger and more beautiful, it’s hard to beat the results of a cosmetic surgery facelift. Gone are the stretched-tight, obvious and artificial-looking facelifts of the past. Thanks to the combination of modern technology with the artistic skill of a qualified cosmetic surgeon, today’s facelifts can provide a transformative, beautiful result with scarring that is virtually undetectable.

The proof is in the numbers. Facelifts remain one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery practices, with more than 130,000 performed last year alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

While other cosmetic procedures such as laser facelifts, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels can all reveal younger-looking, smoother skin, there is no solution quite like the surgical facelift if you want truly impressive results. However, some skilled cosmetic surgeons are able to utilize a new, non-invasive treatment to enhance the results of a facelift even further—Ultherapy.

Ultherapy is fairly new to the cosmetic industry, although ultrasound imaging has been used for multiple applications in traditional medicine for decades. Using ultrasound technology, your cosmetic surgeon can visualize your skin in individual layers, allowing him to concentrate sound energy where it’s needed the most.

Because your surgeon can use Ultherapy to access your skin so thoroughly and precisely, he is able to stimulate collagen production at the proper level for aesthetic enhancement. As your body produces more of the strengthening and firming collagen, your skin becomes smooth and lifted—all with no incisions or stitches required.  

Depending on the condition of your skin, your general health, and your desired results, your surgeon will determine whether you would benefit the most from having Ultherapy before or after your surgical facelift procedure. Having it before the procedure may provide tightening results that influence the extent of the surgical intervention necessary. However, having it after your surgery can address any areas where you want just a “bit” more improvement. Your surgeon will be able to make the best recommendation for you.

At Southern Surgical Arts, our surgeons are skilled at using Ultherapy and surgical facelift in tandem to achieve the most beautiful results. Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal are both board-certified, award-winning surgeons with the artistic abilities and surgical technique to give you the beautiful results you desire. For more information about facelifts and Ultherapy, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-2666-3331 to schedule your FREE personal consultation.



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Topics: MedSpa, Face

Take Advantage of Those Holiday Weekends

Posted by Chad Deal on Nov 3, 2014 2:00:00 PM

holidayWe all look forward to long holiday weekends, not only to reflect on important dates in our nation’s history but also to recharge our batteries and come back to work refreshed. But have you ever thought about using that time to schedule your cosmetic procedure?

Right before a long holiday weekend is an ideal time to schedule certain cosmetic procedures so that you’ll have time to recover without using up your valuable vacation time. After all, one of the benefits of time off is returning to work looking refreshed and rejuvenated—now you can look even more so.

Some of the best procedures to schedule prior to your next holiday weekend:

  • Liposuction (SmartLipo)—Target stubborn “trouble spots” like love handles and saddlebags with a liposuction procedure, in which your surgeon will remove excess fat using the latest laser technology.
  • Cellulite Reduction—Cellulite is one of the most common complaints we hear. Consider CelluSmooth or Cellulaze, two laser treatment technologies that can reduce cellulite dramatically. Your cosmetic surgeon can recommend the best option based on your body composition, lifestyle, and desired results.
  • Laser Resurfacing—Whether you choose to have a light laser peel, such as the NanoLaserPeel or want the more dramatic results of a full laser resurfacing, you can use your holiday to get a headstart on healing. Side effects differ by procedure, but you can expect some mild reddening and peeling. (Some of your coworkers might return sporting a similar look from getting a sunburn, but any reddening you’ll experience will be due to beautiful new skin being revealed).
  • Fillers and Botox—Smooth out sagging skin, diminish the look of fine lines, and gain a more youthful appearance overall with Botox injections or a filler treatment. We offer a variety of options for fillers at Southern Surgical Arts, including Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, Radiesse, Voluma and Perlane. Your surgeon will determine which filler is right for you. Results of fillers can be instantaneous and can last for 6-12 months.

  • Breast augmentation—The breast augmentation remains one of our most popular procedures as it can make a dramatic impact on a woman’s self-confidence for many years, and before a holiday weekend is an ideal time to do it so you’ll have some “free” days to recover.
  • Dermapen/Mesopen—The “pens” produce stunning results, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks, tightening sagging skin, shrinking pores, and creating a more even tone and texture overall. You will look well-rested and radiant after this “microneedling” procedure and will only experience mild reddening for about 24 hours.
  • IPL treatmentsAn “intense pulsed light” (IPL) treatment diminishes redness from broken capillaries, freckling, and age spots. Results are visible very quickly and the treatment is gentle and requires almost no downtime.

If you’d like to schedule one of these procedures prior to a holiday weekend, please give Southern Surgical Arts a call at 423-266-3331. After all, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays will be here before you know it!



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Topics: Skin, Face, laser resurfacing, Body

Q & A: Mons Pubis Lift

Posted by Chad Deal on Oct 27, 2014 10:03:02 AM

Question. I have always had an extra “pooch” of fat on my pubic bone that I feel embarrassed and self-conscious about. After two kids, it’s more prominent than ever, but now I’ve also got loose, saggy skin there. Is there anything you can do to make this area look better?


Answer: The “pooch” that you are referring to is the mons pubis, an area of fatty tissue located directly above the pubic bone. At Southern Surgical Arts we are often asked to make that area “look better.” Some women feel that theirs is too plump or prominent, or that it bulges visibly through their clothes. Others want to have the area lifted due to sagging skin caused by childbirth or significant weight loss. Often our patients are unhappy with their mons pubis due to a combination of both issues: excess fat and loose skin.

If you are unhappy with your mons pubis area, you may be a candidate for a mons pubis lift. We suspect that the mons pubis lift is not more well-known because many women find the topic embarrassing. Please be assured that there is nothing unusual about wanting to have this area “beautified,” especially after childbirth.

The procedure we will recommend to correct a mons pubis area depends specifically on the patient and the condition of their body. If there is a significant fat pad, we will recommend liposuction to remove the excess fat and create more attractive contours in the surrounding area. If loose, sagging skin is a problem, we will make a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen, in the same location a c-section or tummy tuck incision would be located. We will then remove excessive skin and lift and tighten the remaining skin. Generally, both liposuction and surgical excision are necessary to achieve the results the patient desires.

Because it is common to have excess fat and sagging in both the tummy and mons pubis after childbirth, many of our patients elect to have a tummy tuck procedure at the same time as the mons pubis lift. The incision is made in the same place for both procedures, so you will not have multiple incision scars. Additionally, the scar should be hidden by most styles of panties and bikini bottoms.

A combined mons pubis lift and tummy tuck is a surgery that requires a high degree of skill and artistry. You will want to choose a board-certified surgeon who has performed many of these procedures and who will share his “before and after photos” with you. Both Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal are multi-award-winning cosmetic surgeons who have performed hundreds of these procedures and who possess the surgical skill to achieve your goals.

If you would like to learn more about how a mons pubis lift can help beautify your body, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for your FREE personal consultation.

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Topics: tummy tuck, Liposuction, Body

The Laser Face Lift: New, Improved and Available at Southern Surgical Arts

Posted by Carey Nease on Oct 20, 2014 1:00:00 PM

laser_facelift_baOne thing we have noticed in our interactions with patients here at Southern Surgical Arts is that many do not realize they can get some of the benefits of a traditional face lift without actually undergoing surgery.

While most people are familiar with the traditional, surgical face lift procedure, many do not realize that a “laser” face lift can provide you with younger-looking, firmer, tighter skin…without stitches or scars.

If you are interested in having tighter, firmer-looking skin, minimizing wrinkles and fine lines, or just want a smoother, refreshed appearance—but are not ready to commit to surgery—a laser face lift may be an ideal option for you.

Keep reading to discover four important facts about laser face lifts.

  1. Good just got better. Laser face lift capability has been around for a while, but the technology just keeps getting better. At Southern Surgical Arts, we insist on having the “gold standard” tool or equipment for each procedure that we perform. In this case, the newest, most state-of-the art tool for laser face lifts is the PrecisionTX™ laser.

    The PrecisionTX laser allows skilled cosmetic surgeons to perform minimally-invasive procedures with a high degree of precision and efficacy. This innovative tool allows your surgeon to tighten the skin of the neck and jowls while also “melting away” unwanted fat. The treatment also stimulates your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, two proteins essential to the health and beauty of your skin. The Precision Tx laser is often combined with the Smartskin CO2 laser for skin surface rejuvenation. Results of this treatment include skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and overall improved skin tone and texture. The combination results in remarkable improvements and a very youthful appearance.
  1. It’s not just for faces. You may hear it called a “laser face lift” but the Precision TX laser also provides excellent results on the neck. If you have excess skin and fat on your neck and under your chin, you don’t have to resort to camouflaging the area with turtlenecks and scarves anymore. Your cosmetic surgeon can use the Precision TX laser to tighten lax and droopy skin while at the same time removing stubborn fat pads…all with virtually no scarring.
  1. Reduced procedure time and less downtime than surgery. Many of our patients delay treatment because they don’t want the downtime associated with traditional face lift surgery, or just aren’t ready for the idea of surgery in general. That makes a laser face lift a very attractive option. Using the Precision TX laser, a surgeon can usually perform a lift procedure in around 45 minutes with just local anesthesia and light oral or IV sedation. You will have less downtime than with a traditional surgery—generally about 3-5 days. Other than some mild bruising and swelling, you will experience very little discomfort. The scars are tiny and unobtrusive and will be unnoticeable even with short hair.
  1. Realistic expectations are key. While you can achieve dramatic and beautiful results with a laser face lift, your transformation will not be as extensive as with traditional facial plastic surgery. A surgical face lift is a better choice if you have deep lines and wrinkles or have significant skin excess or drooping that needs to be removed.

If you’d like to enjoy tighter, firmer, smoother skin of the face, neck and jowls but aren’t ready for a surgical face lift quite yet, consider a laser face lift. The best candidates for laser face lifts are non-smoking men and women in generally good health between the ages of 35 and 55. To learn more about your options for achieving a more youthful look, call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule your FREE personal consultation.

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Topics: Face

Dramatically Tighter, Firmer Skin Without Surgery with Ultherapy

Posted by Carey Nease on Oct 15, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Ultherapy_BAAt Southern Surgical Arts, we frequently see patients who desire tighter, more youthful looking skin on their faces—especially around the forehead, chin and neck areas. Patients also ask us to help with sagging, loose skin on their neck and décolletage. Many of these patients aren’t ready for a surgical intervention or don’t wish to commit to the downtime that surgery would entail.

Until recently, there was no FDA-cleared technology for a non-surgical lift or tightening procedure. But now there is, and Southern Surgical Arts has it!

Introducing Ultherapy

If you are interested in a non-surgical treatment for tightening sagging, lax skin, Ultherapy may be just the solution for you.

Ultherapy is the only non-invasive technology approved by the FDA to lift and tighten skin on the face, neck and chest. No needles. No stitches. And no recovery time.

Ultherapy uses ultrasound imaging to allow your cosmetic surgeon to visualize specific layers of tissue so he can concentrate the sound energy on the areas where it is most needed. The ultrasound energy stimulates collagen regeneration at a very deep level. Collagen is the main structural protein in the skin and is responsible for giving the skin its strength, structure and firmness. As your body begins to produce more collagen, your skin will look significantly firmer, tighter, and more radiant.

Depending on the area you are having treated, an Ultherapy session can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Only one treatment session is necessary. You will not have to take any time off from work and can resume normal activities immediately. The only sensation you may experience during the procedure may be a feeling of warmth and brief flushing of the skin. Afterwards you may experience mild discomfort for a few hours.

The final results of Ultherapy will be visible in 2-3 months, once your body has had time to make sufficient new collagen.

Best of all, Ultherapy is safe. Ultrasound technology has been safely used in the medical industry for half a century. As always, you will want to use a skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeon to get the best results.

If you have mild to moderate sagging skin under your chin, on your neck or chest, around your jawline, or drooping brows, you may be a good candidate for Ultherapy. Please contact Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule a FREE personal consultation with Dr. Carey Nease or Dr. Chad Deal. We look forward to sharing more information.



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Topics: MedSpa, Face

The Future of Tattoo Removal

Posted by Carey Nease on Sep 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM

picosure_before_afterAre you suffering from “tattoo regret?" If so, you’re not alone.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures were performed in 2013 alone, and perhaps for good reason. A recent study by Dr. Andrew Timming of St. Andrew's University School of Management in Scotland in 2013 revealed that visible tattoos still have a negative perception among employers and could be hurting job seekers chances of getting hired.

Common reasons patients ask for tattoos to be removed include:

  • Aging. Tattoos that seemed sexy and fun at 21 may be less appealing at 40.
  • Name removal. Many patients wish to have the name of a partner erased after the relationship has ended.
  • Bad tattoo job. No one wants to wear a misspelled word one minute longer than they have to.
  • Style. Some patients seek to remove tattoos because they have gone out of style, or because they have become so popular that they are no longer unique or statement-making. For example, lower back tattoos were a fringe trend that became extremely popular in the early 2000s (eventually becoming known as “tramp stamps”—another possible reason to want one gone!)
  • Job hunting. Many patients worry that their tattoo(s) may negatively impact their job search. In today’s competitive job market, they feel that hiring managers may dismiss them due to stereotypes, or because tattoos don’t fit the more conservative image of the organization.

Previously, many prospective patients may have avoided tattoo removal because they had heard it was painful, prohibitively expensive, or they have seen that others have gotten results that were inconsistent or, worse, caused scarring. But that is no longer the case.

If you are ready to say “goodbye” to a tattoo you’re not happy with anymore, Southern Surgical Arts has just the solution for you.

The New Look of Tattoo Removal

Introducing the new, state-of-the-art technology that has made tattoo removal more comfortable, effective and affordable than ever before: the PicoSure aesthetic laser. The PicoSure laser is far more effective and consistent than any other device in the world, and is much less likely to cause scarring than older technologies. It is THE gold standard for tattoo removal.

PicoSure works by delivering extremely short bursts of energy into the tattoo, “shattering” the ink into tiny bits that can be gradually cleared by the body. Because the PicoSure laser can deliver energy in shorter increments of seconds than the older, traditional lasers used for removing tattoos, and can break the ink into tinier pieces, PicoSure can eliminate tattoos in fewer sessions. Tattoos can be completely removed in between 3-5 sessions versus up to 20 sessions required by “old-school” laser tattoo removal.

This results in less pain, faster recovery time, and greater results.

PicoSure is an ideal choice for removing black tattoos as well as eliminating tattoos in harder-to-remove colors such as purple, green and blue.

While PicoSure treatments may cost more per treatment than procedures done with older-technology lasers, it is ultimately more affordable than these alternatives because you will need far fewer treatment sessions.

What Do I Need to Know?

You may be a candidate for PicoSure if your tattoo is black, green, blue or purple (or a combination of these colors). PicoSure is most effective on these colors and for fair-skinned patients. It is not recommended for red ink tattoos. While the laser can be used on darker skin tones, some loss of skin pigmentation may result. In most cases this is temporary, but you should discuss this possibility with your cosmetic surgeon during a consultation.

PicoSure treatments are typically spaced out 4-6 weeks, giving the skin time to absorb the ink distributed by the last treatment. Cost depends on the type and size of the tattoo, which determines the number of treatments necessary.

PicoSure is considered to be mildly uncomfortable, equal to or slightly less than getting your original tattoo. It is less painful than with the other laser removal technology, or with older alternatives such as dermabrasion or acid treatments. If you are concerned about discomfort, your cosmetic surgeon should be able to provide you with a topical anesthetic prior to your treatment.

Where Can I Get It?

The PicoSure laser is not yet widely available. We are pleased to offer this new treatment as part of our commitment to providing our patients with the most state-of-the-art technology on the market. If you’re interested removing your tattoo using the new PicoSure laser, call Southern Surgical Arts at 426-266-3331 for a free consultation. We look forward to sharing this exciting new option with you!


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