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3 Beauty-Boosters You Need to Try

Posted by Felicia Wright on Oct 17, 2016 2:05:04 PM

InsFEM060sized300.jpgThe goal of any cosmetic procedure is to look more beautiful, more youthful, more rejuvenated—with the most natural, realistic results possible. Thanks to technological advances and innovative techniques, the “done” look is a thing of the past. If you’d like to make the most of what your mama gave you, there are several affordable things you can try to enhance your natural beauty…from the inside out!

  1. Try tinted sunscreen. One of the quickest ways to age yourself is to apply too much foundation. The “spackle” look can make your skin look dry and dull and unnatural—especially if you’re trying to hide beauty assets like freckles. Less is truly more when it comes to foundation coverage. Tinted sunscreen such as SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair can provide enough coverage to blend away redness and blemishes, while still allowing your own beautiful skin to shine through. Even better, you’re preventing further sun damage and premature aging at the same time.
  1. Experience beauty-boosting injectables. We love injectables for a minimally-invasive, no-downtime-required way to get maximum beauty impact. Botox and Dysport smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and creases to restore a youthful appearance to your skin. If you’d like a plumper, lusher smile, or to smooth out creases in your lips, we highly recommend Restylane Silk for beautiful, natural results. Our patients report that it is the most realistic-feeling injectable for the mouth area and the results speak for themselves!
  1. Improve your diet for beauty that’s more than skin-deep. One of the most important things you can do to enhance your natural beauty is one we may tend to disregard or take for granted. But beauty really does start from the inside. If your skin looks irritated, dry, or dull, chances are your diet may be the culprit. Excessive sugar can cause or increase inflammation in the body, especially on your skin. Inadequate hydration will also be written all over your face. For more information on how to look more naturally-beautiful through good nutrition check out this blog post.

We’d love to discuss other ways to enhance your natural beauty with you—give us a call at 423-266-3331 to set up an appointment today!

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Q & A: Picosure Tattoo Removal

Posted by Tammy Capel on Oct 10, 2016 10:03:05 AM

picosure_before_after.jpgQ: I have a lower back tattoo that I got in my 20s I really regret it. Am I stuck with it? 

A: Thankfully, no. This is good news for a lot of people, because so many love their tattoos when they first get them, but later in life realize that they just don’t suit their style or taste any longer. We have also had patients who wanted a former boyfriend or girlfriend’s name removed, or want to hide tattoos to improve their chances while job-seeking. Whatever the reason, Southern Surgical Arts is able to offer an excellent, effective solution: PicoSure.

The PicoSure aesthetic laser is the gold-standard of tattoo removal because it is not only more effective and consistent than any other tattoo-removal technology available, it is also less likely to leave scarring.

PicoSure works best on tattoos using dark, highly-saturated inks such as blacks, blues, greens, or purples, and is most effective on fair skin. However, we can now also significantly fade tattoos using red, yellow and pink ink thanks to the latest improvements in this technology. We can also treat patients with darker skin tones, but we may need to do a test spot first to see if the patient is likely to experience a temporary loss of skin pigmentation.

We space the treatments out at least 8 weeks to achieve the best results. This gives the body time to clear the ink “shattered” by the PicoSure laser in the previous session. The number of sessions needed to completely remove a tattoo is dependent on several factors, including the age of the tattoo in question as well as the age of the person (due to skin condition, etc).

If you’d like to learn more about saying goodbye to an old tattoo, please give us a call at 423-266-3331. We’d love to go over your tattoo-removal options with you!

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SSA is Best of the Best…Again!

Posted by Chad Deal on Sep 30, 2016 8:45:00 AM

It’s that time of year again…time to reveal the winners of this year’s “Best of the Best” awards from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. We love these awards because they are voted on by you, our readers and patients.BOB2016-1stplacelogo.png

The Votes Are In!

At the awards banquet last night, we got some amazing news. Southern Surgical Arts is once again a winner! After being named a finalist for several years, Dr. Chad Deal took home top honors for Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Chattanooga. And six-time winner Dr. Carey Nease was named a finalist. We are so excited to see our talented, dedicated surgeons honored in this way. We hope you will join us in congratulating them on these accolades.

Thank you to the Chattanooga Times Free Press for helping us celebrate the best of Chattanooga each year—from restaurants to medical practices to salons and other small businesses, the “Best of” awards are a wonderful way of recognizing what is truly unique and special in our community. And, of course, a big “thank you” must be extended to our patients, their families, and our blog readers for voting for us again this year!

At Southern Surgical Arts, our #1 priority is our patients. We strive to provide the most comfortable, safe, and satisfactory experience possible. That starts with the reception our patients are given when they first enter our office and doesn’t end until the last follow-up visit.

Dr. Deal and Dr. Nease and the newest member of the SSA family, Dr. Vincent Gardner, are board-certified cosmetic surgeons who are as dedicated to providing the best “bedside manner” as they are outstanding, artistic results. We call this the “Southern Surgical Arts difference,” and we hope our patients feel it throughout their experience with us. Awards such as these mean the world to us not only because they come from you, but because they help us to know that we are making a positive impact in our community.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to earning it again and again, for years to come.


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Get Great Skin…4 Ways to Do It!

Posted by Felicia Wright on Sep 19, 2016 12:54:40 PM

laughing.pngAt Southern Surgical Arts, we offer a wide variety of treatments and procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. From Botox to Brazilian Butt Lifts and everything in between, we have a treatment or procedure to address just about every issue you might like to improve.

This is definitely true in our Medspa, where our talented, trained aestheticians can recommend a variety of treatments to help you get more beautiful, youthful looking skin. Recently we asked them to recommend four treatments that provide great results but that don’t always get the attention they deserve. Keep reading for their recommendations…

  1. Jessner Peels. We love the Jessner Peel because it gently but thoroughly removes the rough, uneven, and dull surface layers of skin. It’s also effective at improving a variety of skin problems such as hyper-pigmentation and sun spots and mild to moderate acne. A Jessner Peel can also smooth fine to moderate lines and open clogged pores. Best of all, it’s not just for your face! We can also treat your hands, neck, and chest—anywhere your skin needs a beautifying boost.
  2. Weekly Vibraderm/Microderm treatments. We love vibraderm and microderm not only because they are non-invasive, but because of the beautifying benefits they provide in a short treatment time. Although they are very effective, they are also gentle enough to repeat weekly, allowing us to help you stay on top of your skin concerns. With microderm, patients will see improvements to mild scarring, fine lines, sun spots and hyper-pigmentation, and a reduction in pore size. Microderm also stimulates collagen production, making skin appear firmer and smoother.

    During a vibraderm treatment, rapidly vibrating paddles are moved across your skin to exfoliate dull skin cells, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Collagen and elastin are produced, improving the texture and tone of your skin. This translates into improved scarring, minimized fine lines, and brightening of your complexion.
  1. Monthly Nano peels. For visibly improved, radiant skin, a monthly Sciton NanoLaserPeel may be just the ticket. Using laser energy, dull surface skin is precisely removed, triggering your body’s healing defenses. A NanoLaserPeel penetrates your skin more deeply than a Jessner Peel, but is still gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. We love the NanoLaserPeel for treating fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, sun spots and texture problems on the face and hands.
  2. Exilis. Who wouldn’t like a little fat reduction and skin tightening? We all have spots we’d like to trim or smooth, especially the abdomen, hips, and thighs. An Exilis treatment uses radiofrequency energy to liquefy fat pockets deep beneath the skin while also stimulating collage production. Bulges are reduced in size, while the skin surface tightens. Bonus benefit—when used on the thighs, the appearance of cellulite is improved!

If you’d like to experience the benefits of one of our favorite spa treatments, please give us a call at 423-266-3331 to set up an appointment. Our aestheticians would be happy to discuss these options and more to help you set up a personalized treatment plan for more beautiful skin.

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Topics: Skin, MedSpa, Face

5 Fast Facts about Chin Augmentation

Posted by Carey Nease on Sep 12, 2016 1:41:43 PM

Fig_17_Chin_Implant.jpgA strong chin and jawline are considered a beauty ideal for both men and women. Yet many patients are unhappy with the appearance of their chin because it may be “weak” or not well-defined, or does not provide enough contrast from the neck. As a result, chin implants have become common in cosmetic surgery. Keep reading to learn 5 important facts about this popular procedure.

  1. Scarring is minimal. The surgeon only needs to make a small incision on the under surface of the chin that will fade as it heals and is typically not noticeable.
  2. Silicone implants are used for the procedure, due to their safety and natural-looking appearance. The goal of a good chin implant is to provide beautiful, strong, and natural results without looking “done.”
  3. Recovery time is typically only 3-5 days, with the most commonly reported side effects being mild bruising and swelling and discomfort that can be treated with over the counter pain medicine. Some patients may also experience some numbness for a few months after the procedure.
  4. Your surgeon may recommend a liposuction procedure of the neck or Kybella injection in conjunction with your chin augmentation to achieve the most significant result. Many times the jawline is further improved by removing excess fat in the neck so that the area is further defined.
  5. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with light sedation but may be performed under general anesthesia depending on each patient’s unique needs. A chin augmentation procedure generally takes about 45 minutes to perform.

If you’d like to learn more about chin augmentation, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule a free personal consultation. Dr. Carey Nease, an award-winning facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon, will be happy to discuss your options with you.

Q & A: Chin  Augmentation Surgery

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New Hope for Old Acne Scars

Posted by Tammy Capel on Sep 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In the full-service medspa for Southern Surgical Arts, we frequently see patients who take impeccable care of their skin but who are still troubled by scars left behind from the acne breakouts of their youth. These scars, often pigmented and rough in texture, are hard to disguise with makeup and provide a constant reminder that their skin is not as smooth as they would like. Fortunately, we are able to offer several treatment options to help these patients love the skin they’re in!

  • Jessner Peel. This chemical peel is one of our “’go-to” treatments for acne scars because it exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis and stimulates collagen production, improving texture and reducing hyperpigmentation.
  • Microneedling. The “skin pen” is a wonderful option for helping to re-texturize old acne scars, reducing their visibility and smoothing their appearance. The microneedling device makes dozens of microscopic holes in the treated area, triggering the body’s natural healing responses. New collagen and elastin are produced in the treated area, gradually creating smoother, thicker, more healthy-looking skin.

  • INFINI. This exciting new high-intensity treatment combines the needling actiScreen_Shot_2016-08-26_at_12.35.18_PM.pngon of the skin pen with radio-frequency energy to deliver beautiful, rejuvenated skin tone and texture. Not only will your acne scarring lessen, your skin will look smoother and tighter as well, due to the collagen production stimulated by the INFINI.
  • Laser resurfacing. Depending on the amount of scarring, you may be interested in a laser resurfacing treatment. Laser resurfacing is an ideal option if you have a significant amount of scarring. The laser targets skin deep beneath the outer layer, triggering collagen production. Skin becomes smoother and discoloration fades. The number and type of treatments you’ll need depends on the severity of your scarring. Each treatment is precisely customized to the patient to provide the most beautiful results.

If you’d like to improve the look and feel of your skin, please give us a call at 423-266-3331. We’d love to discuss your options for scar improvement and more!

Reduce your acne to reveal your beautiful skin

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Introducing the “Revved-Up” Mini Facelift: RevaLift!

Posted by Carey Nease on Aug 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM

revalift-image.pngAre you starting to look older than you feel and beginning to notice some sagging or drooping in your lower face and neck area? Have you tried spa treatments, creams and injections without significant benefits?

No matter how hard we might try, we can’t stop time or escape our genes. Depending on your family traits, your forehead and eyes may still look youthful while experiencing sagging and laxity in the cheek, neck and jowl area. This can be very discouraging, especially to those who have protected their skin from the sun and have minimal wrinkling and other signs of aging elsewhere in the face.

For patients who are experiencing sagging in the lower face and neck area but are not quite ready for a full face lift, we now offer RevaLift.

What is RevaLift?

RevaLift is an innovative new procedure, exclusive to Southern Surgical Arts and developed by award-wining facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Carey Nease, MD. Revalift offers many of the benefits of a facelift at a much more affordable price and with less down time.

In just about 90 minutes with local anesthesia and light sedation, this minor surgical, laser-assisted procedure can lift and tighten the skin in the lower area of your face and neck, leaving you looking 7 to 10 years younger. Typical results should last up to 10 years.

According to Dr. Nease, “I designed the RevaLift procedure for those men and women who want a naturally youthful appearance with minimal scarring and a quick recovery, but who want real results in addressing the changes in the neck and jowl areas that come with age.  This procedure will give long lasting results but will avoid the look of "plastic" surgery and won't break your bank account.  My experience of over 10 years and 1000 facial rejuvenation procedures helped me to create this new technique.” Best of all, you’ll experience less bruising and much less scarring and downtime than with a traditional facelift procedure.

If you are between the ages of 40-60, with sagging and skin laxity in the lower facial area, RevaLift may be an excellent option for you. And, as a special bonus, we will be giving a free membership to Spa Access at SSA to all our new Revalift patients!

If you’d like to learn more about how RevaLift can help you look more youthful and rejuvenated, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to schedule a free personal consultation with Dr. Nease or Dr. Gardner at either our Chattanooga, TN or Calhoun, GA locations.
Expected Results from a RevaLift Lower Face Lift

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Introducing INFINI Radiofrequency Microneedling

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


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

What makes INFINI so special?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How SSA Helped Stacy Pope Live a Healthier Life

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

Patient Interview: Stacy Pope 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dr. Deal Explains the  Tummy Tuck Procedure


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Topics: tummy tuck, Patient Care & Experience, Body

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

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

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

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

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

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