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Best of the Best Goes to Southern Surgical Arts!

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Sep 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A sincere “thank you” goes to our patients and blog readers for their votes and their support in this year’s Best of the Best awards from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. These awards mean a great deal to Southern Surgical Arts because you determine who will be the winners and finalists in this annual event.

dr_Deal (1 of 2).jpegFor the second year in a row, Dr. Chad Deal was honored by being chosen the Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Chattanooga. Dr. Cary Nease, a six-time winner of this distinguished award, was named a finalist. It is indeed an honor for the individual recipients but also an opportunity for Chattanoogans to recognize them for their outstanding abilities in serving this community.

Southern Surgical Arts always puts patients first and offers them world-class results. Not only is Southern Surgical Arts up to date on the latest cosmetic surgery techniques, but we are the only cosmetic surgeons in the city that perform certain procedures. We also train doctors from this country and other parts of the world in a number of complex and difficult procedures.

Dr. Deal, Dr. Nease, Dr.Vincent Gardner and our newest member of the team, Dr. Brady Harris, who will be heading up our new Nashville office, are all board-certified cosmetic surgeons. Listening to our patients is one of the most important things we do. We want to know what’s the best way we can help them reach their goals. Surgery isn’t always the solution, which is why we opened a Wellness Center with a full-time staff nutritionist.

Winning Best of the Best in 2017 is certainly one of the highlights of the year.

We look forward to 2018 and the possibility of being honored once again. 

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Topics: In The News, Community

Get Your Face Ready for Fall

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Sep 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Face Fall with Rejuvenated Skin!

Summer’s almost over and it’s time to put your best face forward for fall! Even when we try to be careful with our skin, consistently reapplying our sunscreen, wearing hats and seeking out shady spots, it’s hard to maintain constant vigilance. Skin gets exposed through our sun roofs, through the windows of our cars, after some time in the pool or at the beach, or even after sweating while gardening a bit too long.

All of these little bursts of exposure can add up to a big toll on your skin. Luckily, there are several things you can do to brighten up your skin, fade sun spots, and maintain a glow even when your sun-kissed look starts to fade and spots and fine lines become more obvious. Keep reading for some treatments we recommend to fall in love with your skin again!

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    Before and after 1 IPL Treatment courtesy of Neko Shae, Aesthetician
    Treat brown sun spots with an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial to fade them back into non-existence. Over a course of a few treatments (the number of which will be determined by your aesthetician), pulses of light will target these melanin deposits until they gradually disappear. Your aesthetician may also recommend a laser treatment or chemical peel to achieve the best results. Best of all, no downtime!
  • Fine lines and wrinkles can be plumped up with fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane, and forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines can be targeted with Botox, which will relax the lines and restore your skin to a smooth and youthful appearance.
  • If your skin looks dull after several months of exposure to sun, chlorine, salt, or hot, windy, dehydrating weather, you might want to consider a hybrid fractional laser treatment such as the Halo laser. A treatment using the Halo laser can help to erase surface and sub-surface skin damage, leaving your skin looking radiant. They don’t call it the “Halo glow” for nothing!
  • Before and after 1 IPL Treatment courtesy of Tammy Capel, Aesthetician
    Before and after 1 IPL Treatment courtesy of Tammy Capel, Aesthetician
    You can also combat dullness and sun spots with a chemical peel customized especially for your skin’s unique needs. Your aesthetician will create a peel with chemicals specifically chosen to brighten, lighten, and smooth your trouble spots. Just be aware that, depending on the strength of the chemicals and the depth of the peel, some downtime may be necessary.
  • While no product will achieve the results of an IPL or laser treatment, there are some great topical treatments in our medspa that can help your skin look more hydrated and radiant year-round. Ask an aesthetician for suggestions!

If you’re ready to say goodbye to summer and skin damage, give us a call at 423-266-3331 to schedule an appointment in our medspa. We’ll be happy to give you some personalized recommendations on how you can achieve rejuvenated, healthy-looking skin.

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Topics: MedSpa

Southern Surgical Arts Celebrates The Grand Re-Opening of the Calhoun Office

Posted by Carey Nease on Aug 31, 2017 11:19:56 AM

SSA-Calhoun-Exterior-portrait.jpegThis past Thursday, Southern Surgical Arts held a Grand Re-Opening of their newly remodeled Calhoun location. Patients and visitors had a chance to tour the updated office with its expanded services and state-of-the-art technology.

Services have been expanded for aesthetic, vein, and wellness treatments, utilizing the latest technology. Aestheticians are now available daily for all our patients’ needs. Board certified surgeons offer the latest vein treatments. And the new wellness center, Life at Southern Surgical Arts, will provide preventative medicine and address beauty at a cellular level.

Patients had the opportunity to meet and talk with the staff, as well as Dr. Nease, Dr. Gardner, and Dr. Harris. The celebration included plenty of food, drinks and fun, and four lucky patients received giveaways totaling $3,500. It was a successful event and we invite those who missed the party to stop by and take a look at our newly remodeled Calhoun location.

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A Game-Changer in Cosmetic Surgery: Introducing BodyTite

Posted by Chad Deal on Aug 29, 2017 12:32:41 PM

Before and after image courtesy of Dr. D. Duncan.

Every now and then, an innovation comes along in aesthetic surgery that is truly revolutionary. These rare inventions usually have a good deal of buzz and hype surrounding them, and they actually live up to every accolade they receive. We are excited to announce a new technology at Southern Surgical Arts that is the biggest step forward since the invention of breast implants and the use of botulinum toxin as a beauty tool: Introducing BodyTite.

Fat removal is a common request here at Southern Surgical Arts, one we hear many times a day, every day. And we have a variety of treatment options available to achieve this. BodyTite is highly effective at removing fat…but this is not the amazing thing about BodyTite.

Excess skin is another problem that patients frequently want to be addressed. When a patient has excess skin that has lost its elasticity, we have a few options. We can cut it out, as with a tummy tuck, but this process leaves obvious scarring. Some scars, such as with thigh lifts and arm lifts, cannot be hidden, making this an imperfect option in many cases.

We can also do some tightening via adding implants or fat transfer, such as with the skin of the buttocks and the breasts, but this is not an option for other parts of the body.

Finally, we can tighten skin to some extent with ultrasound or lasers, but these results are underwhelming and inconsistent.

Before and after image courtesy of Dr. D. Duncan.

What makes BodyTite so special is that this cutting-edge new technology provides near surgical-level skin tightening results as well as highly-effective fat removal. BodyTite is the only non-surgical, minimally invasive technology available that can combine fat removal and skin tightening in the same procedure. And the results are dramatic and immediate.

BodyTite works by delivering radiofrequency energy via an internal cannula. This heats and liquefies the internal fat, which is immediately removed. Meanwhile, the skin is also heated externally, resulting in skin contraction and tightening. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to see and precisely control exactly how much heat is being generated, allowing them to prevent any thermal damage.

The technology used in BodyTite allows for maximum heating—and maximum results—because the machine is constantly regulating its temperature in real time to protect the skin. The temperatures reached in a BodyTite procedure far exceed those used during a laser treatment, but the machine’s built-in protections make it a safe procedure as well as a highly-effective one. And it’s fast. Your surgeon can actually see your skin retract and tighten while you are undergoing your procedure.

Because BodyTite is minimally-invasive, patients will only have a few tiny scars that will be virtually invisible. Side effects include mild bruising and tenderness, and patients will be able to return to normal activities immediately. There are simply no other procedures that can provide you with these dramatic results with such little downtime and tiny, virtually invisible scars.

Treatment areas for BodyTite include the abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, and neck. BodyTite can also be used to treat stubborn fat pockets and loose skin above the knees and elbows.

Simply put, BodyTite is a game-changer for cosmetic surgery, and it’s now available at Southern Surgical Arts.

If you would like to learn whether you are a candidate for BodyTite, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation. One of our award-winning cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease, Dr. Chad Deal, Dr. Brady Harris, and Dr. Vincent Gardner, will be happy to answer your questions.

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Topics: Body

Experience is Important for Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Carey Nease on Aug 9, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Choosing a cosmetic surgeon is a decision that can’t be rushed. Once you know that you wish to have a certain cosmetic procedure, it’s time to start researching your options. This may include reading reviews, talking to friends who have had the procedure, meeting with cosmetic surgeons in person for a consultation, and viewing a surgeon’s before and after photos. There are many important questions you should ask prospective surgeons, but the most important may very well be: How much experience do you have with my particular procedure?

When it comes to experience, all surgeons are not created equal. You may find a surgeon who has a considerable amount of expertise in breast augmentation and other body work, but not much experience with facial surgery. Likewise, you may interview an outstanding facial surgeon who has more limited experience with the Brazilian Butt Lift or thighplasty.

Award-winning, board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Chad Deal and Dr. Carey Nease, bring a wealth of experience in diverse procedures to Southern Surgical Arts, and they have hundreds of satisfied patients to prove it. Please view the infographic below to see how their experience in a range of cosmetic procedures stacks up to the national average of cosmetic surgeons in the United States.



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Topics: Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

Q & A: The Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Aug 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Q: I am so confused about injectables. Is Botox a filler? If not, what is, and what is the difference between Botox and a filler?

A: Good question, and one that many people seem to find confusing. Botox and fillers are not the same thing, nor do they treat the same conditions, but both are equally important tools for the cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon in helping patients look rejuvenated. Depending on your treatment desires, your surgeon may choose to use either Botox or a filler, or they may decide to use both to achieve different goals.

Botox is a drug made from botulinim toxin that can be used for a variety of health purposes. It can be injected in the armpits to treat severe sweating, or hyperhidrosis. It can also be used to treat intractable migraines. Some people have even had success with Botox treatment for overactive bladder. For cosmetic purposes, Botox is used to smooth out wrinkles and creases in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscles in the face, and can last anywhere from three to six months.

Injectable dermal fillers are a minimally-invasive way of temporarily restoring youthful fullness to a patient’s face, especially around the eyes, in the lips, and in marionette lines. The aging process causes a loss of volume throughout the face, resulting in a hollowed appearance that can age you beyond your years.

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In the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra can be used to plump out those hollowed places. All fillers are not created equally, however, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Some fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, whereas Sculptra is composed of poly-L lactic acid that causes your body to produce its own natural collagen to achieve plumpness. Different parts of the face will require different solutions.

Although Botox and fillers are temporary, the results will be highly visible for the entire time they are present. We’ve all seen pictures of celebrities with bad Botox and overplumped smiles. For this reason, it is very important to choose your cosmetic surgeon carefully, and to ask to see their before and after pictures. Botox and fillers are an excellent, affordable approach to looking younger and rejuvenated without surgery, especially in the hands of an experienced, artistic practitioner.

For more information on Botox and fillers, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331.

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Topics: Botox, Fillers

Which Face Lift is Right for You?

Posted by Carey Nease on Jul 3, 2017 1:01:00 PM

As we age, it’s common to lose volume in our faces as well as experience a decrease in the tautness of our skin.  This loss in volume and increase in skin laxity causes the skin to droop, creating wrinkles, sagging jawlines and jowls as well as hollow cheeks and lower eye areas. With contributing factors like genetics, sun damage and smoking, this process may happen prematurely, leaving you looking older than your actual years.

Fortunately, cosmetic and facial plastic surgery has made incredible strides over the last decade, and these problems can now be addressed in a way that leaves you looking refreshed, rejuvenated, youthful, and most importantly of all—natural.

Many of our patients come to us already determined to have a face and neck lift, only to find out that there is more than one choice available. If you’re considering having a lift, keep reading to learn more about your options.

  • Face_3_red.pngCosmetic Face Lift. This is probably what most people think of when they hear the term “face lift.” A cosmetic face lift is a full face lift in which your cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon will lift and remove excess skin from the neck and jawline, effectively removing jowls and any sagging in that area. A cosmetic face lift will restore volume loss in the cheekbone area and tighten the skin of the lateral brow and around the eyes. You will also have smoother skin with far less wrinkling as a result. A cosmetic face lift is a good option for you if you have significant volume loss and sagging in many areas of your face. You can expect a recovery time of 2-3 weeks, with some swelling and bruising being a normal expectation. You can also expect to look 10-15 years younger with this procedure. 
  • Faces_1_blue.pngRevalift. In this mini face lift procedure, developed by our own Dr. Carey Nease, sagging and volume loss in the lower face and neck is addressed. This is an excellent option for women and men in their 40s and 50s, who are not quite ready for a full cosmetic face lift but desire tightening along the jawline, especially the jowls. A Revalift can also address laugh and marionette lines around the mouth. Because only the lower face is targeted, patients can expect less recovery time than with a cosmetic face lift—about 7-10 days back to normal activity.
  • Face_2_blue.pngLaser Face Lift. Another option for someone who is not yet ready for a cosmetic face lift, the Laser Face Lift is a non-surgical, non-invasive method of tightening skin, removing blemishes and sun spots, and improving texture. Your cosmetic surgeon will use powerful lasers to target the deeper fat and muscle tissues beneath the skin to promote tightening, while also improving the surface of the skin. Recovery time for a laser face lift is three to five days, with some mild redness and swelling lasting up to a week. 
  • Vampire FaceLift®. The Vampire FaceLift has gotten a lot of buzz recently, due to the remarks of several celebrities who have been impressed with the procedure, which is not exactly a face lift. This treatment got its moniker because the patient’s own blood is harvested in order to extract the platelet-rich plasma. This fluid is then spun in a centrifuge, creating a highly-concentrated mix of platelets (referred to as Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP) with much higher growth factors than normal, which will add volume, accelerate healing and rejuvenate the skin. Your cosmetic surgeon may then use them as part of a laser treatment, a microneedling procedure, or inject them directly into your skin. Your treatment will be customized according to the condition of your skin and your treatment goals. There is very little to no recovery time involved in a vampire facelift, depending on how the PRP is administered.

If you’d like to learn more about your face lift options, please call us at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation with Dr. Nease, a Triple Board-Certified Cosmetic and Facial Plastic Surgeon.

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Topics: Face

Breast "Refresh" Surgery Pioneered by Southern Surgical Arts

Posted by Chad Deal on Jun 26, 2017 2:56:00 PM

breast.pngEveryone knows that breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants is a great way to add fullness and volume to natural breasts. But did you know that if your implants are less than ten years old you can have your breasts “refreshed” without having new ones placed? In the video below, Dr. Chad Deal discusses a new technique pioneered at Southern Surgical Arts to restore your breast augmentation to its original, youthful appearance if your implants have dropped over time. Take a look to learn more about the procedure, including information on downtime, scarring, and more. We are excited to have this groundbreaking new technique available at SSA and look forward to sharing it with our patients.

Interested in learning more about a breast refresh? Dr. Chad Deal, Dr. Carey Nease, and Dr. Vincent Gardner welcome your questions about this innovative new procedure. Call us at 423-266-3331 for a free personal consultation.


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Topics: Breast Augmentation

Our 5 Most Popular Blogs of All Time

Posted by Chad Deal on Jun 12, 2017 11:51:51 AM

blog.jpgWe’ve been blogging for nine years now, and during that time we’ve covered so many topics to help educate and inform our readers about the “ins and outs” of cosmetic surgery. From articles on face lifts to lasers and lights, from breast augmentations to Brazilian Butt Lifts and more, we’ve tried to represent the breadth and depth of all the services we offer here at Southern Surgical Arts.

Over the years, some of these posts have really resonated with our readers. Keep reading to learn which five posts are the most popular of all time:

  1. 5 Signs You Might Need a Tummy Tuck Because tummy tucks were the third most popular cosmetic surgery in 2016 according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, it’s no surprise that an article about tummy tucks would also be popular. This blog post covers the five most common reasons patients seek tummy tucks, as well as explaining how a tummy tuck can address their issues.
  2. Hollow Eyes: Can They Be Treated By a Cosmetic Surgeon? Sunken-appearing eye caused by volume loss due to aging is a common problem for both women and men, and is one that can add years to the face. This blog post takes our readers through the options available to them for achieving more youthful, rejuvenated eyes.
  3. Q & A: Mons Pubis Lift This blog post, on a topic a lot of people are interested in but no one really likes asking about, was a big hit with our readers when it was first published and still continues to be going on three years later. If you’ve ever wondered what, if anything, can be done about excess fat on the pubic bone, this post hits the highlights.
  4.  Beauty on a Budget: All Under $300   Everyone likes a bargain, but sometimes choices can be overwhelming and it can be hard to decide which products or procedures are best for you and your budget. This blog post covers popular options for $100 and under, $200 and under, and $300 and under—helping you to get the most bang for your buck!
  5. Q & A: Will Losing Weight After a Brazilian Butt Augmentation Undo My Results? A great question from a reader inspired this blog post, which should reassure anyone who’s considering this procedure.

We hope you enjoyed a look at the “best of the best” of our blogs. We hope you’ll stick around to see which posts rank highest in the coming years. 

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Cosmetic Surgery by Body Type

Posted by Chad Deal on May 29, 2017 12:33:00 PM


We see women of all shapes and sizes every day at Southern Surgical Arts. And while you can’t place every shape into a neat category, some of the most common body types that we see are the Hourglass, Rectangle, Pear, and Apple.  Patients in each shape category have their own individual beauty concerns, but we have noticed some trends that are common to each type.


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The Hourglass

Famous Hourglass Women: Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Vergara, and Scarlet Johansson

Considered by some to be the ideal body shape, hourglass women still have features that they would like to maintain or improve as aging and pregnancy impact the body. We frequently perform breast lifts and augmentations to help our hourglass patients maintain their signature curves. Many women will request a Mommy Makeover after they’re done having children to return to their pre-baby, “bombshell” shapes.

The Rectangle

Famous Rectangle Women: Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, and Bella Thorne

You can tell a Rectangle shape by the long, lean lines of their figures, with shoulders, bustline, and hips of the same width. While Taylor and Nicole’s figures may be the envy of many women, we frequently see Rectangles who want to add a little more shape to their silhouettes. For these women, we typically recommend breast implants in a size appropriate to their bone structure. Some rectangles are interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift, but will have to have sufficient body fat elsewhere to be harvested and transferred to the backside.

The Pear

Famous Pear-Shaped Women: Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Rachel Bilson

You may not be able to easily identify a Pear shape, and that’s because push-up bras and careful dressing can add volume on top that creates the impression of an hourglass. And if the Pear is petite, such as Rachel Bilson, you may only be able to identify her Pear characteristics in a swimsuit. Generally speaking, however, Pears tend to have average shoulders, smaller breasts, tiny waists, and are widest through the hips and bottom. We see many pears who wish to even out their figures with breast augmentation, liposuction to reduce saddlebags, and cellulite treatments.

The Apple

Apple figures tend to carry weight around the waist, with slim arms and legs. Apples enjoy their trim limbs, but frequently want to slim down their waistlines with liposuction or SculpSure and possibly a Tummy Tuck after childbirth, and add curves with breast implants and Brazilian Butt Lifts. Apple types are usually good candidates for the Brazilian Butt Lift because they are likely to have excess fat around the waist that can be transferred to add curves to their derrieres. In some cases, our surgeons may discover that intraabdominal fat is present, which cannot be removed by cosmetic surgery. Those patients will be referred to Life, our wellness center.

One thing we know for certain, for every flaw you perceive in your shape, there is someone else who will happily trade places with you. Each body shape has beautiful features to be appreciated, so enjoy the assets you’ve got, and we can help you make the most of the rest! If you’d like to learn more about using cosmetic surgery to balance out your body type, please call us at 423-266-3331 for a free, personalized consultation.

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Topics: Brazilian Butt Lift, Tummy Tuck, Body