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2nd Annual IgniteRed Event: Thank You, Chattanooga

Posted by Jennifer Deal on Feb 8, 2016 10:47:20 AM

IgniteRed_DrNease.pngOn Friday, February 5th, Southern Surgical Arts sponsored the 2nd annual IgniteRed event in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day.

During this informal evening of entertainment and networking, more than 200 of Chattanooga’s women gathered in support of a common goal: to raise awareness about heart disease. It’s a topic of vital importance to everyone, but especially to Southern Surgical Arts and the event’s attendees.

Some of Chattanooga’s top executives, health care professionals, and civic leaders enjoyed an evening of live entertainment and delicious hors d’oeuvres, as well as the knowledge that they were helping to spread the word about how prevalent heart disease is in women, and what can be done to chaDeal_Hostetler_IgniteRed.pngnge that fact.

Jennifer Deal, Marketing Director for Southern Surgical Arts and Circle of Red member said, “Heart disease is the number #1 killer of women, but we are hoping to see that decrease through education and awareness campaigns. As many as 80% of cardiac deaths can be prevented with lifestyle changes, regular trips to your physician, and becoming mindful of things like your blood pressure, your heart rate and your risk factors. We want to encourage women to be advocates in their own healthcare, get the facts, and know their numbers.”

Dr. Carey Nease was pleased to see how many turned out for the event. “It’s gratifying to see so many community members here to support the goal of bringing awareness and education to women in our community about heart disease. We’re honored to be able to provide a venue where people can come together to make a difference. Women’s heart health is important to Southern Surgical Arts, and it’s clearly important to the people of Chattanooga.”

Throughout the course of the event, women were able to connect, network, and socialize while listening to New Orleans-style jazz singer Gino Fanelli. Attendees to this invitation-only event also enjoyed sushi and dessert bars and were able to hear Dr. Chad Deal and Dr. Carey Nease discuss their commitment to the cause.

Dr. Chad Deal said, “We want to promote awareness, not just about the prevalence of deaths due to heart disease, but that there is so much that can be done to reduce risk factors and improve cardiac health. It’s tragic to think that so many are affected every day, and many women still may not realize it’s something they need to worry about. We want to help change that.”

IgniteRed is not Southern Surgical Arts’ only contribution to the cause. They will also be sponsoring the 2016 Go Red for Women Luncheon as well as this year’s Heart Ball. Additionally, the practice will donate $100 to the American Heart Association for each breast procedure performed during Hearth Month this February.

Special thanks to others who helped make this event possible: Dish T. Pass, Victoria Love Events, Sound Force, Imbibe, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Flintstone Baking Co., The Clay Pot, FEMIN-OL-GY PR, American Heart Association Volunteers, Ashley McAdoo, Gino Fanelli, and Vivifi Creative.

Southern Surgical Arts would also like to thank the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women for all they do in Chattanooga and elsewhere to save lives every year.

If you would like to learn more about reducing your risk (or helping someone you love lower their risk) of developing heart disease, check out some of our blog posts for more information:

  • Heart attack symptoms in women may be harder to recognize than the classic signs we’ve come to know for men. Learn how to recognize the signs because minutes saved may mean a life saved.
  • So much of heart health is reliant upon healthy nutrition. You can make small changes every day that add up to a significant lifestyle change—one that can have a huge impact on your heart health as well as overall well-being.
  • Exercise is key to health in general, and especially cardiovascular health. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when thinking of taking up an exercise routine, but there are endless ways to add more movement into each day, and it all adds up.

We are so excited to see how important women’s heart health is to the people of Chattaooga. We know that we can make a difference when we all work together to increase awareness. We encourage our patients and readers to talk with their physicians, and to encourage all the women in their own lives to do the same.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved in raising awareness about women’s heart disease in your community, please let the American Heart Association know!

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Top 5 Posts of 2015

Posted by Chad Deal on Feb 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

blog.jpgLast year was a busy one on our blog. Our award-winning surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease, and Dr. Chad Deal, brought our readers articles on all aspects of cosmetic surgery. From breast augmentation to ear reshaping to tummy tucks and more, we answered reader’s questions, cleared up common misconceptions, and shared important information every week. Keep reading for the five most popular posts from our blog last year.

  1. For the second year in a row, our article on hollow eyes was our most-read, in part because this is such a common issue seen with aging. If you feel volume loss around your eyes is causing you to look tired and older, you might want to consider some of the options discussed in this popular post.
  1. It’s no surprise that the next post ranked so highly, when you consider it’s a subject that many want more information about: the mons pubis lift. One of the reasons our blog is so popular is that we try to cover every topic—especially the ones that some might by shy about asking.
  1. Many women consider having a tummy tuck after they are done having children because they feel less than confident about their post-pregnancy body. Our third most popular post discussed some common signs that you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
  1. Sometimes patients come to us desiring to look more youthful, more refreshed or rejuvenated, but don’t know exactly what they want to have done. They’re not ready for surgery, but they want to do something to improve their self-confidence. This post covers some popular non-invasive procedures that can provide a powerful impact.
  1. Mommy makeovers are some of the most popular procedures performed at Southern Surgical Arts because they are so transformative. This popular post discussed the three essential elements involved in a beautiful mommy makeover—the tummy tuck, the breast augmentation and liposuction. Want to know just how dramatic the results can be? Check out our before and after photo gallery here.

As you can see, 2015 was a busy year on our blog and we intend to keep things interesting in 2016 as well. We’ll be announcing the details about an exciting new technology coming to SSA soon, so check back often!

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Topics: Skin, MedSpa, Face, Mommy Makeover, Liposuction, Body, Breast

Q & A: Jowl Surgery

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 25, 2016 1:11:00 PM

facelift_ba_photos.jpgQ: After I turned 40, I started noticing a droopiness to the jaw and lower cheek areas on either side of my chin. I am really unhappy with this area because it makes me look older than my age. Is there anything that can be done about jowls?

A: We hear this quite frequently from patients in their 40s and up who have noticed sagging in the jowl area because of collagen loss, decreased skin elasticity, and due to the “wear and tear” of certain repetitive facial expressions over time. Unfortunately, this is a common side effect of aging. The good news is that you have several options to rejuvenate this area and make your face appear more youthful.

  • Ultherapy. Because sagging jowls are frequently caused by the loss of collagen, Ultherapy is a good option for tightening this area. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive technology approved by the FDA to lift and tighten skin on the face, neck and chest. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen regeneration at a very deep level. As your body begins to produce more collagen, your skin will look significantly firmer and tighter. Whether you are a candidate for this treatment depends on your skin’s condition and the amount of tightening desired.
  • Smart lipo. SmartLipo is laser-assisted sculpting that tightens the skin while melting unwanted fat to improve your jaw and neckline. Downtime and discomfort are minimal and there is virtually no scarring. It’s also a fairly speedy procedure, performed with local anesthesia and light sedation in under an hour.
  • Lower face and neck lift. If your skin is sagging significantly in the jowl and neck area, your best option may be a lower face and neck lift, also know as a rhytidectomy. During this minimally- invasive surgical procedure, your facial plastic surgeon will lift the neck as well as contour the jawline, eliminating jowls and excess skin in the neck. This procedure may be done on its own, or in combination with laser skin resurfacing and volume addition with fat grafting. The incisions are all well hidden around the ear and behind the hairline, and the procedure can be done under local anesthesia with light sedation. Recovery is typically a week to 10 days. The goal should always be to attain a youthful, smooth, natural appearance.

Which of these options is the best for you will depend on the level of sagging, your skin’s tone and overall condition, and other factors such as general health.

Surgical interventions will be more long-lasting than Ulthera or laser liposuction, and you may choose to do a less-invasive option now and a more comprehensive procedure later. Or you may end up combining a surgical procedure with a non-invasive laser treatment to further rejuvenate your skin. Your cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon will take all of these factors into consideration before presenting you with a personalized treatment plan.

To be a candidate for any surgical procedure, you must be a non-smoker in good general health, between the ages of 18 and 70 (or slightly older if you are very healthy). We routinely perform these procedures on both men and women.

Please make sure you choose a board-certified surgeon who has performed many of these procedures, and who has demonstrated a mastery of technique as well as artistic ability. A skillful face or neck lift will never look “done” or plastic, but natural and refreshed. Request “before and after” shots of your surgeon’s previous patients and ask as many questions as needed until you feel comfortable with your choice of surgeon and procedure.

Our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Carey Nease, has been voted Chattanooga’s “Best of the Best” cosmetic surgeon for six consecutive years. He has performed thousands of these procedures and has developed exceptional skill in aesthetic procedures on the face and neck. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Carey Nease, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331.'

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Exercising for a Healthy Heart

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 18, 2016 3:00:00 PM

thighplasty-blog.jpgDid you know that adults who watch more than 4 hours of TV a day have an 80% increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?  

As we get ready for Heart Month, we want to remind our patients and blog readers how important physical activity is to maintaining a healthy heart. But knowing which kinds of exercise to do and how often you need to do them can be confusing, especially when there is conflicting information on the internet.

How Much Do I Need?

For overall heart health, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that you get in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five times a week, or at least 25 minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous exercise throughout the week. The AHA also recommends that you perform strength training activities such as lifting weights twice a week to achieve additional health benefits. To lower blood pressure and cholesterol, the AHA recommends 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise 3-4 times per week.

Where Do I Find the Time?

One of the biggest obstacles to exercising regularly is that many have such hectic schedules already. It’s easy to look at exercise as “one more thing”—another item to add to a never-ending to-do list. And it’s hard to get excited about exercise when you look at it as something to get through! However, there are many opportunities to slip some extra exercise in to your daily routine without it feeling like a chore. Here are 10 tips for adding more physical activity into your day:

  1. Get a pedometer. A device such as a pedometer, Fitbit, or even an activity-tracking app on your smartphone can make a huge difference in your motivation. There’s just something about seeing those steps rack up to make you want to take even more! Whether you log time on the treadmill, walk the track at your local high school, or simply stroll around your neighborhood with your dog, your steps are bound to increase with the positive reinforcement a step-counter provides.
  2. Don’t try to do it all at once. Research has repeatedly shown that dividing your daily exercise routine into shorter increments is still beneficial for your health. It’s easier to find time for three ten-minute sessions than a block of 30 minutes, and you’re less likely to get bored or distracted.
  3. Strength train while watching TV. With a little creative thinking, you can make just about any downtime into a workout session. Next time you’re watching your favorite drama, keep your arms moving with a set of 10-pound hand weights. During commercials, squeeze in some squats and lunges to work your lower body.
  4. Exercise earlier rather than later. At first it may be challenging to jump right into an exercise routine in the morning, but the extra energy you’ll gain from getting your heart pumping first thing will be invigorating. And, if you start your day with a workout, your exercise goals won’t get sidetracked by unexpected work or family responsibilities that crop up later in the day.
  5. Use your lunch break to exercise. Work up an appetite by starting your lunch with a brisk 20-minute walk, alternating speed-walking with a more moderate pace. Find a workout buddy for extra motivation and company—or a little friendly competition.
  6. Take the stairs. Going up, going down, at work, at home, at the mall—if you have the choice between stairs and an elevator or escalator, pick the stairs.
  7. Replace your office chair with a stability ball. Some fortunate employees have treadmills or standing desks at work, but these probably won’t be making an appearance in most offices anytime soon. Even if you don’t have a fancy, exercise-friendly desk, you can get a big boost by swapping your office chair for a $30 stability ball. Balancing on a stability ball will help you strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles…while you sit!
  8. Relax after work with yoga. Yoga is not only great exercise, it’s beneficial for helping you stretch, tone and strengthen your muscles and de-stress after a hectic work day. Ease into your evening routine with 20-30 minutes of yoga and you may even sleep better.
  9. Amp up your cleaning routine with music. Doing household chores with a soundtrack is much more likely to get your blood pumping than doing the same tasks sans music. Make a playlist of your favorite, high-energy songs to keep you company during housework. You might even find yourself dancing as you do the dishes.
  10. Involve the whole family. With the incidence of childhood obesity on the rise, it’s good to remember that exercise benefits the whole body—not just the heart, and not just for adults. Spend some time after dinner taking a walk as a family, tossing a football, gardening, or taking a bike ride.

Remember, your heart is a muscle and needs exercise to stay fit and healthy. Try to think creatively about how you can turn a sedentary activity into one in which at least part of you is moving. If you’ve been inactive for months or years, start slowly and work your way up (and check with your physician before starting an exercise routine). Your heart—and your family—will thank you for it!

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Know the Warning Signs: Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 11, 2016 1:00:00 PM

ssa-go-red-heart.jpgThe following blog post highlights important heart health information, as part of Southern Surgical Arts’ commitment to promoting awareness for Heart Month. You can read our previous heart health posts here and here.

You may know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women as well as men, but did you know that heart attack symptoms in women are not always the same as in men? Many do not.

Tragically, this can lead to unnecessary loss of life in women who assume they are experiencing anything other than the signs of an impending heart attack. Women are likely to feel chest pain as men do, however, they are somewhat more likely to feel this in conjunction with other symptoms that are not as commonly recognized.

Keep reading to learn more about recognizing the symptoms of heart attacks in women.

According to the American Heart Association, the following are the most common signs of a heart attack, specifically in women:

  • A sensation of pressure, squeezing, or pain in the center of your chest. This sensation can continue for several minutes, and may go away and return.
  • With men, one of the classic signs is pain down the left arm. However, women may experience pain down both arms, the back, the jaw, and the stomach, or may experience pain in a combination of these areas.
  • Shortness of breath, even in the absence of chest pain, is another common symptom. Shortness of breath is generally a good reason to get in contact with your doctor.
  • Nausea, perspiration, and a sensation of lightheadedness may also be experienced.

Some women may also experience body aches, much like the flu, or a general feeling of poor health and fatigue.

If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, call 9-1-1. It is all too common for women to continue in their caretaking roles for everyone but themselves, but these symptoms should be taken seriously. Some women may worry about feeling foolish if their symptoms do turn out to be the flu or a terrible case of acid reflux. However, in this case the price of dismissing something important is simply too high to risk.

At Southern Surgical Arts, we are committed to promoting awareness on the important topics of heart disease and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing a cardiac illness. Please share this information with the women you love, so we can all work together toward better heart health in 2016.

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2015: Year in Review

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 4, 2016 10:16:00 AM

ssa-year-in-review-2015.jpgAs the year draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting on the many things we have to be thankful for in the New Year and beyond. We’ve also been looking back at some of the exciting things that occurred during the past 12 months. Here is a brief look at some of the highlights experienced at Southern Surgical Arts and by our patients in 2015:

  • Ignite Red. Thank you for supporting us as we raised awareness for Go Red for Women during American Heart Month last February. Women’s heart health is a topic that is very important to us, as so many of us have family and friends who have been touched by heart disease. As we gear up for another fundraising campaign in February, we want to extend a hearty “thank you” for all you did to help us achieve our goals for promoting heart health in 2015. We hope we will have your support in promoting heart health awareness again in 2016!
  • New technology and treatment options. As many of you know, we love adding new cutting-edge technology and treatment options for our patients. Each time we add a new mode of treatment, we are able to provide more possibilities for helping our patients feel beautiful and confident. In 2015, new technology allowed us to help patients love the chin they’re in, achieve high-definition, sculpted results through abdominal liposuction, and reap the benefits of an ablative and non-ablative laser during the same treatment for beautiful, glowing skin. We can’t wait to see which amazing new treatments we’ll be able to offer in the New Year!
  • Best of the Best…again. Even though this is the sixth year in a row, Dr. Carey Nease is just as excited to be named the “Best of the Best” Cosmetic Surgeon as he was the first time. And Dr. Deal was equally thrilled to be named a finalist for the fifth consecutive year. To be recognized for an award like this, with winners chosen by community members, means so much to us. Thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty. We couldn’t do any of this without you!
  • No-Shave Nooga. 2015 was not only a time for focusing on heart health, we also put a spotlight on cancer research with our inaugural No-Shave Nooga fundraising campaign. Inspired by No-Shave November, participants in No-Shave Nooga let their hair down and gave up “manscaping” during the month of November to raise awareness about cancer and raise funds for cancer prevention and education. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we were able to support a variety of organizations right here in our own community.

From our families to our community to our amazing patients, we at Southern Surgical Arts were blessed in so many ways during the past year. We hope to make 2016 equally as significant—making a positive impact on our community and on the lives of our patients all year long.

THANK YOU for your continued support and loyalty. Without our patients, friends and families, we could not do all that we do. You are important to us.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year from all of us at Southern Surgical Arts!


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15 Beauty-Boosting Tips

Posted by Carey Nease on Dec 28, 2015 11:30:00 AM

15-beauty-boosting-tips.jpgRecently, Southern Surgical Arts held a “Fall Faces” event featuring Ashley McAdoo of Southern Sqweeze, Chattanooga’s first all-natural, cold-pressed organic juice bar. Ashley presented an informational and inspiring session about how eating the right food is vital for beautiful skin and hair as well as good health.

If you’re like most of us, you’re gearing up for January with some healthy resolutions—goals like making more time for yourself, eating more healthily, losing weight, exercising, and simply living better overall in 2016. Keep reading for 15 of Ashley’s tips on how to help achieve your healthy goals for a more beautiful you in the New Year!

  1. Eat more fruits and veggies. This is true for just about any diet plan, health goal, or energy-boosting regimen out there. More fruits and veggies = more vitamins, minerals, and healthy fiber. Cruciferous veggies in particular (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts) are full of calcium, zinc, magnesium and powerful antioxidants. The insoluble fibers found in vegetables also help us to flush toxins.
  2. Cut down on animal products. Research continues to indicate that many types of meat and animal fats are harmful for your health, and some may even be carcinogenic.
  3. Drink a green drink or smoothie every day. The vitamins and minerals in your fresh ingredients will help to flush toxins, keep you hydrated, and give your skin a healthy glow.
  4. Pile on the pineapple. Pineapples contain bromelain, a naturally-occurring enzyme that breaks down proteins in your digestive system. Keeping digestion moving smoothly is vital for promoting glowing, healthy skin.
  5. Serve up papaya. Papaya is not only delicious; it also helps with digestion by adding healthy enzymes to improve digestion.
  6. Reduce bloat with asparagus. Got puffy eyes? Abdominal bloat? Add some asparagus. Along with fiber, it’s a great, natural diuretic for helping you flush out toxins and prevent water retention.
  7. Love your lemons. Adding lemon to your daily water intake boosts vitamin C and supports your liver health. It also makes water a bit more interesting, which will help you up your intake.
  8. Keep your hair shiny with super foods. Walnuts and chia sees are rich sources of omega-3s to keep your mane strong and shiny and encourage growth.
  9. Add almonds and avocado. Both of these delicious foods are loaded with vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants to keep your skin smooth, glowing and supple. They are also great for your heart, so you’ll be doing double-duty for your health every time you eat them.
  10. Get crazy for coconut. Coconut oil has so many healthy skin and hair benefits. You can use oil for a natural skin moisturizer and for a rich hair mask. Try using it in your cooking where possible to maximize the health benefits.
  11. Improve nail health with grains. Quinoa, millet, oats and buckwheat are all great sources of fiber, protein and carbs to keep your body healthy and your metabolism functioning well. These gluten-free grains are also loaded with minerals that improve nail and skin health and boost collagen production.
  12. Drink up. Make sure you are getting at least 8 glasses of purified water every day for maximum hydration, and to flush toxins and impurities. If you’re exercising heavily, you may need even more than the recommended 8 glasses.
  13. Eat the rainbow. Consume as many colorful foods for variety and maximum mineral and vitamin impact as possible (Skittles, while colorful and fruit-flavored, do not count).
  14. Remember your skin protection. Even if you don’t think you’ll be out in the sun long, never forget to apply your SPF. Sun damage sneaks up on us in unexpected ways--don’t forget the sunroof on your car!
  15. Sweat! One of the best things you can do for your overall health, your heart, your beauty, your energy level, your state of mind is…exercise! A great way to detoxify and beautify is to MOVE. Whether you try hot yoga, running, hiking, or good old cardio on a treadmill, moving more leads to better circulation, glowing skin, and healthier hearts and organs. If you do just one thing in the New Year to boost your health and beauty, MOVE MORE.

Check out Ashley’s delicious concoctions at Southern SAshley_McAdoo_Southern_Squeeze.jpgqweeze and make healthy, organic juice part of your “New Year, New You” regimen.

Keep an eye on our blog for information on how to keep your heart healthy, with tips on maximizing your movement every day. We’ve already covered how you can improve your nutrition choices to improve your cardiac health—read that post here.

From all of us to all of you, Happy (Healthy) New Year!


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5 Nutrition Tips for a Healthier Heart

Posted by Chad Deal on Dec 23, 2015 9:30:00 AM

ssa-go-red-heart.jpgAlthough we are a cosmetic surgery practice, heart health is very important to us here at Southern Surgical Arts. Many of our patients are women, so the prevention of cardiac disease is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Additionally, all of us have been touched by heart disease in one way or another—whether through a friend or family member or personally. That’s why we are once again partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) during Go Red for Women Month to help educate women on how they can reduce their risk of heart disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming approximately one life every minute, yet the American Heart Association estimates that 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with healthy lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, too few women are aware of how prevalent heart disease is, and how much they can do to reduce their chances of developing cardiac problems.

One of the most important things you can do to improve your heart health is to make healthier nutritional choices. Eating more whole grains and lean proteins and incorporating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to your daily diet can have a big impact on heart health by boosting your mineral, antioxidant, vitamin, and fiber intake. Along with those general guidelines, here are five specific changes you can make that will really benefit your heart:

  1. Cut sugar. This may be the most important thing you can do for your overall health, and especially your heart health. Not only does excess sugar intake lead to increased inflammation, obesity, and liver disease, it can greatly increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The AHA recommends women confine their sugar intake to less than 6 teaspoons, or 100 calories a day. Remember to check your food labels! Sugar can show up in some surprising places, and even when you know it’s there, the amount can be much higher than you expect. For example, one can of regular soda exceeds the recommended daily limit by more than two teaspoons. Make “cutting sugar” #1 on your list of 2016 New Year’s Resolutions and reap the health benefits all year long.

  2. Add avocados. Avocados are not only responsible for one of the best party foods ever—guacamole—they are packed with heart-healthy nutrients. They have more blood pressure- friendly potassium, folate and magnesium than all other fruits, and they are high in fiber. Avocados are also high in monounsaturated fat, a “good fat,” that when used to replace saturated or trans fats can lower LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Start your day with a slice of toast spread with a quarter of an avocado drizzled with olive oil for a healthy breakfast, or add a few slices to your salad at lunch.

  3. Serve salmon. When it comes to fish, it’s hard to beat the heart-healthy benefits of wild salmon—luckily it’s delicious, too. Salmon is an oily fish that is loaded with antioxidants, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins B and D. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce triglycerides and may serve to slightly reduce blood pressure as well as the risk arrhythmias. Two servings of salmon a week may reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to one-third. Talk to your doctor to see if you would benefit from omega-3 fatty acid supplements as well.

  4. Reduce sodium. Sugar is not the only thing that may be hiding in your foods without you noticing. Sodium is notorious for lurking in high amounts in canned and processed foods like soups and frozen dinners. Although the AHA recommends a limit of 1500 mg daily, most Americans consume more than twice that. This is unfortunate, because high doses of sodium can boost your blood pressure and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. As with sugar, check your labels and choose lower-sodium options, or consider making your own soups where possible. When cooking, add as little salt as possible and allow guests to “season to taste” to avoid sodium overload.
  1. Practice portion control. Of course, no diet is healthy if you overdo it. Avocados are as close to a superfood as you can get, but it’s not a good idea to eat three a day due to their calorie count. To get the most benefit from your healthy lifestyle change, eat three meals a day so you don’t get so hungry you eat too much all at once. When eating out, remember that restaurants sometimes serve as much as 2-3 times an ideal portion size—save some for lunch the next day, and maybe dinner, too. Use cups and scales to measure your servings until you are more accustomed to eyeballing proper portion sizes. And keeping a food diary is a great way to track everything you eat during the day. It also may help you lose weight by making you more mindful of your choices.

It’s always a good time to take better care of yourself, so why not start right now? Check out the AHA’s Go Red for Women website for a collection of delicious, heart-healthy recipes to try tonight. And, keep watching this blog for more information about Go Red for Women and other lifestyle changes that can help you live a longer, healthier, happier life!

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Q & A: All about Acne

Posted by Carey Nease on Dec 14, 2015 10:31:00 AM

CloseupBrenda150forweb-1.jpgQ: I never had acne as a teenager—only occasional breakouts. But ever since I turned 30, I’ve had non-stop “adult acne.” I’ve tried just about every over the counter product out there but I haven’t had much luck. Can Southern Surgical Arts do anything to help with my breakouts and reduce scarring?

A: Escaping acne in your teenage years only to encounter it as an adult seems so unfair. By the time we hit our 30s and 40s we already have sun damage, volume loss, and fine lines to contend with…who needs acne on top of all that? However, the reality is that this is a very common problem. And the good news is, SSA can do a lot to improve or even eliminate acne.

Keep reading to learn more about your acne-fighting options…

  • Blue Light Therapy. We love blue light therapy for acne. It actually destroys the bacteria that causes acne, resulting in fewer breakouts. And it’s effective, even in cases of acne that have become resistant to antibiotic and topical treatments. Plus it’s quick—you can have a treatment over your lunch break and no downtime is required. One thing to remember, you can’t be on any medications that make you sensitive to light such as Accutane or antibiotics if you wish to pursue blue light therapy.
  • Our prescription-grade chemical peels can have dramatic results for patients with acne. These peels effectively remove the top layers of blemished, inflamed and sun-damaged skin to reveal smoother, healthier and softer skin. Within four to six treatments, you will see fewer blemishes and experience greater oil control. The type of peel recommended for you will depend on your individual skin tone and condition.
  • Laser resurfacing. For significant acne scarring, we may recommend a laser resurfacing procedure. The laser heats your skin deep within the dermis, triggering it to produce more healing collagen, which fills in and smooths out the scars. The depth and severity of the scarring will determine the number of treatments you will need to achieve your desired results. The condition of your skin will also determine whether we use a CO2 or profractional laser to treat the scarring. The deeper the scars, the more likely we will need to combine other treatment options with laser resurfacing.
  • Microneedling, also called skin pen, has been used to great effect on acne scars. Skin pens create tiny holes in the skin, creating “damage” that triggers your skin’s natural healing defenses. Collagen and elastin are produced, healing not only the micro-tears in your skin, but acne and other scars as well. A microneedling procedure will improve both the look and texture of your skin.
  • Topical treatments. SSA offers a wide range of cutting-edge topical treatments for acne-prone skin. These include retinols to promote collagen formation and speed cell turnover, lighteners to reduce the pigmentation of acne scars, and products with glycolic and salicylic acids to exfoliate the skin to refresh and rejuvenate. Some topicals can also be combined with a microneedling treatment to deliver treatment deep within the skin for better results.

While acne at any age is nothing to smile about, technological advances have allowed us to offer our patients so many more options than even just ten years ago. Whether you are dealing with teen acne, adult acne, or scarring, we can help you to look and feel your best. Please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation.

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Introducing Kybella: Love Your Chin

Posted by Carey Nease on Nov 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

KybellaPatientPRI3BeforeAfterSideView.pngIt’s always exciting to announce a new product or technology at Southern Surgical Arts. We love adding the latest and greatest innovations in cosmetic surgery so that we can continue to provide the cutting-edge, beautiful results that our patients have come to expect from us. And now we are pleased to introduce Kybella!

Kybella is a deoxycholic acid injection, approved by the Food and Drug Administration to eliminate the fat cells under the chin area. This area of submental fat—frequently referred to as a “double chin”—is one of the most common complaints we hear from both male and female patients. Even slender people may be troubled by stubborn fat pockets beneath their chin that don’t respond to weight loss or facial exercises.

Kybella is so revolutionary because liposuction and other surgical procedures were previously the only options for eliminating this stubborn fat. Kybella allows us to offer our patients a non-invasive remedy that requires no anesthesia and no downtime—an excellent alternative for those who aren’t ready to consider surgery.

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that works to break down fat in the digestive tract, making it a safe and effective treatment.

Kybella is best used to treat a moderately large double chin. If you have a severe amount of submental fat, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend a liposculpture procedure instead or possibly even a facelift. Your cosmetic surgeon will assess your skin tone and condition to determine if your double chin is caused by submental fat or due to your facial structure, sagging, or other causes, because Kyeblla will not be effective in these cases.

Most patients see significant improvement within just two to three sessions, but some may need as many as four to achieve their desired goals. Clinical trials have shown that 90% of patients still maintained a significant improvement in fat reduction two years post-treatment.

Although Kybella is a safe and non-invasive procedure, you will still need to choose your cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon carefully. This area of the face is filled with important structures and an inexperienced practitioner can cause a problem if it is injected incorrectly. The most common side effects are mild swelling, bruising and temporary numbness of the skin.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to your double chin, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a complimentary personal consultation. Our award-winning, board-certified cosmetic surgeons will determine whether you are a candidate for Kybella. We’re happy to have a new treatment to offer our patients, and we know you’ll be happy when you see the results!

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