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Southern Surgical Arts' Top 10 Posts of 2014!

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Most_Popular-resized-600Last year was a busy one for our practice…and for our blog! We moved to a new state-of-the art facility in Chattanooga’s Southside district downtown. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, received prestigious honors. And we added some exciting new technology—including tools for tattoo removal and reducing fat without surgery—to our clinic to offer our patients more options for looking…and feeling…better than before. And of course, we covered all of it for our blog!

Keep reading to see which of our posts were the most-read in 2014.

  1. Our article on hollow eyes was by far our most read in 2014. This feature discussed how aging can cause the area around the eyes to look hollowed out and sunken, as well as some non-surgical treatments that can make the eye area look dramatically younger and more refreshed.
  1. The idea of signifciantly tighter skin without surgery is an attractive one for many reasons. If you’re interested in firming the skin on your face and neck, but not quite ready to commit to a full surgical procedure, Ultherapy may be an option for you.
  1. One of the most common questions we hear from our patients who are interested in having a breast lift is, “Will the scars be visible in my bathing suit?” This post shares a visual guide to breast lift techniques and the accompanying scar patterns.
  1. As mentioned above, we moved into a beautiful new facility on Cowart Street last year, for which we had a grand opening celebration on September 26th. Learn more about our new location, which features a medical spa and two state-of-the-art surgical suites here.
  1. One important post was also one of our most popular: separating fact from fiction regarding the “painless breast augmentation” that uses a new long-term local numbing medicine. It's made our top 10 blog list for two years!
  1. The “mons pubis lift” doesn’t get as much media attention as breast augmentations and buttock lifts—but you can be sure it is a procedure that many women are curious about! This article explains how we beautify this area if sagging skin or excess fat are an issue.
  1. During consultations, we may hear more questions about tummy tuck than any other procedure. That’s because so many women wish to have this area tightened and smoothed after they are finished having children. This post answers the 7 questions we hear the most often.
  1. Can laser liposuction get rid of cellulite? Does it tighten the skin as well as remove fat? And what kind of bruising can you expect? “3 Things You May Not Know About Laser Lipo” answered these common questions.
  1. Liposuction is always a hot topic at Southern Surgical Arts. It truly is a dramatically transformative procedure, eliminating stubborn fat that dieting and exercising can’t trim away, and creating beautiful contours our patients never thought possible. Discover 7 important facts about this procedure here, including recovery time, how long it takes to see results and more.

  2. Back to tummy tucks! Learn the 5 signs you might need one in this popular post.

As you can see, 2014 was a busy and exciting year for Southern Surgical Arts (and our patients)! Please join us in 2015 as we share the latest news about our practice, advancements in cosmetic surgery, tips for healthier living, and more.

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Topics: Face, Body

Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal: The Best of the Best Again

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Carey Nease has been voted “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in the North Georgia People’s Choice Awards for the fifth year in a row. Dr. Chad Deal was also a finalist in this category again this year. Several thousand votes were cast for this year’s honors.

The North Georgia’s People’s Choice Awards are held annually and are sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Readers submit their favorite candidates in a variety of categories, including Beauty and Health, Dining, Finance, People, Places and more. This year’s honors were presented during the Best of the Best dinner and award ceremony on January 22nd.

“I’m incredibly proud to be chosen as Best Cosmetic Surgeon by the people of North Georgia for the fifth year,” Dr. Nease said. “At Southern Surgical Arts, we strive to uphold the highest
standards of patient care and it is inspiring to see our hard work recognized in this way. Knowing my patients are happy with their experience makes my job even more rewarding.”

Dr. Deal said, “It’s an honor to be a Finalist for Best Cosmetic Surgeon. We are grateful to our patients for their loyalty and trust, and we look forward to continuing to serve North Georgia for many years to come.”

Both Dr. Nease and Dr. Deal are both fellowship-trained, board-certified cosmetic surgeons who are committed to combining a high level of artistry, surgical skill and cutting-edge technology for the most beautiful and natural results. Together, they have performed more than 12,000 cosmetic and facial plastic surgery procedures over the past twelve years. The Calhoun, GA practice is Southern Surgical Arts’ first location and AAAHC-accredited surgical facility.
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Topics: In The News, Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

5 Things You May Not Know About Labiaplasty

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 19, 2015 10:00:00 AM

body_rollIn talking with our patients here at Southern Surgical Arts, we’ve learned that, while many women are interested in cosmetic genital surgery, few feel comfortable introducing the topic. Some women may feel too embarrassed to ask about labiaplasty, a corrective surgery to change the contours of the labia majora (outer labia) and the labia minora (the inner labia).

There is no need to be embarrassed about discussing these procedures, however. We perform them routinely, and they are increasing in popularity nationwide. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there was a 44% increase in vaginal rejuvenation procedures from 2012 to 2013.

Please keep reading to learn five important facts about labiaplasty.

  1. Labiaplasty is not just about appearance. Ideally, the inner labia should not protrude past the outer labia because it can cause discomfort during sex and exercise and in clothing such as leggings or other tight pants.
  1. Labiaplasty not only corrects the inner labia, it can also restore (or create) fullness in the outer labia for a more youthful appearance. A skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeon can achieve beautiful, natural results in this area by injecting a patient’s own fat to achieve fullness.
  1. Labiaplasty is not just for moms. Although we commonly perform this procedure for moms, due to the stretching that occurs during pregnancy and childbirth, many of our patients are simply dissatisfied with the shape they were born with.
  1. Labiaplasty can be done under a IV sedation in about an hour, there is little to no scarring and pain is minimal. This procedure can be combined with other procedures such as vaginal tightening. You may experience swelling for about 2-4 weeks after the surgery, and you must wait a full month to allow yourself time to heal before resuming sexual activity.
  1. Labiaplasty does not negatively affect sexual sensation. In fact, many women report increased comfort during sex after the inner labia are “trimmed.”

If you are interested in a cosmetic vaginal rejuvenation, please do not be shy! Our award-winning, board certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, would be happy to discuss your questions in detail during a complimentary consultation. Please call our office at 423-266-3331 to schedule an appointment.

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Mommy Makeover: Timing is Everything

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 12, 2015 2:59:00 PM

iStock_000016540552_ExtraSmallQ: I just gave birth to our third child four months ago and we don’t plan to have any more. I am so ready to get my pre-pregnancy body back! When can I schedule my mommy makeover?

A:  First of all, congratulations on the new addition to your family! Although this is an exciting time, we certainly understand your eagerness to get your pre-pregnancy figure back. Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but there is no denying that it takes an incredible toll on a mother’s body. Women can experience significant weight gain and loss, considerable stretching of skin—frequently past the point of its elasticity—and their breasts may sag after they finish breastfeeding. Unfortunately, even though you may exercise regularly and watch your diet, no amount of crunches can correct lax, sagging skin. We perform many mommy makeovers each year for precisely these reasons.

While you may be ready to get your pre-baby body back NOW, there are some timing considerations that are important in order to get the best results. Keep reading to learn more about what is included in a mommy makeover and when you should schedule yours.

What Exactly is a Mommy Makeover?

At Southern Surgical Arts, a mommy makeover refers to a number of procedures, performed at one time, that are determined by the areas that need correction and enhancement. Generally speaking, mommy makeovers  include a breast augmentation, possibly in conjunction with a breast lift, liposculpture to the flanks, abdomen, hips and thighs, and a tummy tuck. During liposculpture, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat with laser technology to create beautiful, shapely contours. The tummy tuck surgery removes excess abdominal skin and repairs and tightens the underlying muscles so that you no longer have a “pooch.”

Timing is Everything

A mommy makeover can make a huge improvement in your body confidence and self-image, and will help you look and feel more youthful. But in order to get the best, lasting results, it’s important to time the procedure correctly.

To be a candidate for a mommy makeover, patients should generally be in good health, up to age 65, non-smokers, and within 10-15 pounds of their ideal weight. Although we do have patients up to age 65 seek mommy makeovers, most of our patients who request this procedure are in their 30s and 40s.

Before you schedule your surgery, you should be finished having children, as subsequent pregnancies and the associated weight gain (and loss) will interfere with your results, causing further stretching and sagging. You should give your body several months to find its “new normal.”

Ideally, you should also wait several months after you have finished breastfeeding so that your breasts will have achieved their smaller, post-lactation size. Once you have allowed your body sufficient time to “reset,” your surgeon will be able to see exactly what he is working with and make appropriate recommendations.

Another important aspect to timing your mommy makeover is to consider recovery time. The surgery takes between 2-4 hours, depending on which procedures are performed. Recovery time is generally 1-2 weeks, but can take longer depending on your general health and the number of procedures performed during your mommy makeover. During this time, you should not do any heavy lifting to avoid disturbing your incisions. You will want to schedule your mommy makeover when you can take as much time as needed to fully recover.

If you would like to learn more about mommy makeovers, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 to set up a complimentary personal consultation. Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal are board-certified, award-winning cosmetic surgeons who have performed hundreds of mommy makeovers and have the skill, experience, and training to provide the beautiful results you desire.

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Topics: breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, Liposuction, Body

Q & A: Fat Transfer vs. Fillers

Posted by Carey Nease on Jan 5, 2015 10:30:00 AM

rabeccafillers200Q: I have been hearing a lot about people having fat transferred from other parts of their body to their face. How is this different than something like Restylane or Juvederm, and which one is better?

This is a very good question. As interest in fat transfer (also known as fat grafting) for facial rejuvenation continues to grow, we are frequently asked how it compares to fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, Radiesse, etc. Both fat transfer and facial fillers are excellent methods of restoring a more youthful, refreshed appearance to your face, but you should be aware of the advantages and limitations of each option.

Fat transfer differs in several important ways from synthetic facial fillers. It is all-natural because it utilizes fat cells created by your own body. It lasts significantly longer than most facial fillers but it is a more invasive procedure because it requires the addition of liposuction to obtain the fat that is injected into your face.

During a fat transfer procedure, your cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon will use a “mini” liposuction procedure to “harvest” fat from another area of your body—for example, the waist, abdomen, or thighs. It is then prepared and injected into specific areas of the face to fill hollowed spots, a common sign of aging. We generally graft fat into the brows, cheeks, tear troughs and lips, as those areas tend to show aging and volume loss the most dramatically. The addition of volume is a great way to improve your appearance and yet look naturally youthful, not pulled or plastic.

Fat transfer can be done under local anesthesia or light I.V. sedation and you will only need a day or two to recover. There is no scarring and rarely any pain or bruising.

Fat transfer is more expensive up front than synthetic facial fillers due to the increased complexity of the procedure. However, it is usually the more affordable option over time because it is so long-lasting.

Facial fillers are very popular because they are non-invasive yet still provide beautiful results. There is no surgical “prep time” needed with facial fillers because no additional procedures are required. Because all fillers are not created equal, Southern Surgical Arts carries a number of options to provide our patients with the best solution for their individual needs.

For example, Juvederm Voluma XC is the only filler that is FDA-approved to restore volume to the cheek area, and results can last up to two years. Radiesse and Sculptra both support your skin’s natural collagen-producing processes over time, with results that can last one to two years. Belotero and Restylane are both excellent choices for plumping up the lips and nasolabial folds and also fine lines around the mouth. We will help you determine which filler, or combination of fillers, will best address the areas you would like to rejuvenate.

If you would like to know whether fat transfer or a synthetic filler would be a better option for you, please call our office at 423-266-3331 to schedule a free consultation with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons.

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Q & A: Body Lift after Gastric Bypass

Posted by Chad Deal on Dec 31, 2014 12:59:00 PM

I had a gastric bypass last year and for the first time in my life, I’m happy with my weight. What I’m not happy about is the amount of loose, saggy skin all over my body that I’m stuck with. At this point, it’s obvious that my skin is not going to bounce back. Is there anything a cosmetic surgeon can do to help me?

A: First of all, congratulations on your weight loss. From our experience with post-gastric bypass patients here at Southern Surgical Arts, we know how positively life-altering that surgery can be even when the outcome presents some challenges like the one you mentioned. The good news is that, yes, there is a lot we can do to help you love the look of your new body.

In your question, you identified the major issue causing the excess skin after your weight loss: your skin is not “bouncing back.” This loss of elasticity can be caused by aging as well as significant weight loss, and it’s a problem we commonly see with post-bypass and lap band patients. Many patients tell us that they are disappointed that even though they have lost a lot of weight, they still don’t look the way they want to due to the excess skin and sagging.

Although we can’t tell you definitively what we would recommend for you without a thorough personal consultation encompassing your age, general health, skin condition and smoking status, we commonly recommend a belt lipectomy, also known as a “body lift.” A body lift is generally performed on the lower torso, with surgery to trim and tighten skin at the waist, abdomen and hips, as well as on the upper legs and buttocks.

Because your weight loss has resulted in a major change in your physique, you may need a combination of 2-3 separate procedures to achieve your desired goals. For example, we may also recommend an arm lift to correct excessive loose skin on your arms. Additionally, to achieve a truly beautiful result, it may also be advisable to add some liposuction to create shapely, smooth contours.

Depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed, you can expect to have some sizable scars. However, it is our goal at Southern Surgical Arts to place the incisions where they will be as unobtrusive as possible, and most of the scars will be completely invisible in clothing. The belt lipectomy incision is usually placed along the hips, just above the thighs. In cases where more correction is needed, an incision may also be made along the lower back or waist. The incision for the buttock lift is placed in the crease of the buttocks, where it will be virtually undetectable.

During the surgery, excess fat is removed as well as the excess skin. The skin is then tightened and sutured closed. The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art surgical center. You can expect to spend 4-6 weeks recovering. While you recover, we recommend that you rest as much as possible and refrain from vigorous exercise until you are fully healed. You may wish to use cool packs to minimize swelling and bruising. Discomfort should be minimal and easily treated with over the counter pain relievers.

To be considered a candidate for a body lift, you must be:

  • Near your ideal body weight
  • Between the ages of 25-55
  • In good general health
  • A non-smoker

Both men and women are eligible for body lift procedures.

The body lift is an extensive procedure requiring a high level of surgical precision and artistry. It’s vital that you choose a skilled, board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has performed many body lifts. You have come a long way to achieve your “body beautiful,” and you want the best results possible. Your cosmetic surgeon should willingly share before-and- after photos of the body lifts he has performed so you can get an idea of his level of mastery with this procedure.

If you are interested in a body lift, please give us a call! Our board-certified, award-winning cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, will be happy to discuss your options with you during a free personal consultation. To learn more, please call us at 423-266-3331.

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Topics: tummy tuck, Liposuction, Body

Give the Gift of Cardiovascular Health this Christmas

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Dec 22, 2014 6:08:39 PM

ornament_ChristmasAt Southern Surgical Arts, our surgeons and staff are known for a high level of dedication to patient safety, care and satisfaction. With every procedure and service we provide, it is our goal to help patients feel more attractive and confident. More than “skin deep,” our commitment is to the total health and well-being of our patients.

This holiday season Southern Surgical Arts is teaming up with the American Heart Association to promote the importance of cardiovascular health, and bring funding and awareness to the fact that cardiovascular disease kills more women each year than the next four causes combined, including cancer. If this fact comes as alarming news to you, you are among the majority of the population.

There IS hope. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 80% of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented. How? Through awareness campaigns, and continued research. During the month of December, YOU can make a contribution with your purchase of a festive red ornament for sale at our partner retailers below, and at our downtown location in Southside. Pickup one for every female relative, friend, teacher, and neighbor – deck their tree and show your commitment to this worthy cause! For every ornament you purchase, we will donate $3.50 to the American Heart Association and the cause. The remaining $3.50 will simply cover our cost of the ornament.

Working together we can get the facts into the hands of the women we both love and cherish.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy holiday season to you and your family from all of us at Southern Surgical Arts.

Area partner retailers:

Accents on Signal Mountain


Charlotte’s Web

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Ellie's Lingerie

Shabo Dental Center

Merch Yessick’s on Lookout Mountain & Signal Mountain

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15 Undeniable Reasons to Love Body Contouring at SSA

Posted by Jennifer Deal on Dec 11, 2014 3:57:00 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, processes it to remove toxins, and to inject perfectly evenly-sized parcels of fat 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 most non-invasive technologies, 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 "fake." 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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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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