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Red Spots Got You Down? We Can Help

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Dec 11, 2017 4:20:32 PM

Red is a great shade for lipstick, but it’s not such a flattering color when it accompanies pimples, broken capillaries on your nose or cheeks, or when it’s caused by rosacea. Facial redness is a common complaint in our medspa. Fortunately, there are several options available to banish or lighten unwanted red areas on your skin. Keep reading to learn more about your options.

  • Photorejuvenation. If your red spots are caused by acne, visible capillaries, or vascular lesions, we may recommend an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. IPL is an excellent option to help even skin tone by exposing the skin to controlled pulses of light that target redness and break it down to be removed by the body in the following days and weeks. We generally recommend a series of treatments, spaced several weeks apart, to achieve the optimal results. IPL is also the gold standard treatment for redness caused by rosacea.
  • 6.jpgLasers. Lasers are not just for resurfacing the texture of the skin. Certain lasers can also be an excellent option for reducing redness caused by capillaries and visible red vessels. Downtime is minimal with laser treatments, with some mild redness and swelling for a few days as the only visible side effects. Your aesthetician will custom-tailor a treatment plan for you to help you achieve your beauty goals.
  • Chemical Peels. If the facial redness of acne is a continual issue for you, you might want to consider a chemical peel to help control oil production and prevent future occurrences, and the subsequent redness that comes with them. Your aesthetician can recommend the right combination of ingredients for you, depending on your goals and desires, as well as the condition of your skin. Even patients with sensitive skin can have a chemical peel, provided they are in the hands of a skilled and knowledgeable aesthetician. We do not recommend chemical peels for those with rosacea.
  • Topical products. Although no topical product can produce the same results as the treatment options listed above, there are several products that can produce a subtle lightening effect, or help to calm the inflammation that underlies some facial redness. Speak to one of the aestheticians in our medspa, Felicia, Tammy, or Neko, for personalized advice on the best products for you. All of our aestheticians have many years of experience in a wide array of treatments for numerous skin conditions, and they are always available to answer your questions.


To learn more about your options for reducing facial redness, please contact Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331.

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Winter Facial Care: Your Go-To Guide

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Nov 30, 2017 9:52:32 AM

With the holidays in full swing and that winter chill settling in, a serious skin care strategy is a must for maintaining a healthy glow.Since the face typically bears the brunt of the season’s cold, dry, windy conditions, carving out the extra time to care for your skin will go a long way in fighting off old man winter. We’ve got you covered prepping for the party circuit with these proven tips and treatments: everything from what to nosh on to nourish your skin, to the necessity of a good night’s sleep, to top-notch anti-aging products and seriously effective laser treatments.

Know the Tricks of the Anti-Aging Trade:

  • Your go-to skin care routine should always start with a daily application of high quality physician-grade sunscreen. Colder temperatures can keep us complacent to the dangers of year-round exposure but your skin is still susceptible to damaging sunrays during the winter months and sufficient protection is paramount.
  • A daily dose of Vitamin C in your diet can help you save face, now and in the future. Foods such as carrots, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes and parsnips rank among your best bets and are often more readily available than the usual - yet sometimes scarce after summer - orange.
  • Skinceuticals CE FerulicVitamin C serums such as Skinceuticals CE Ferulic in your daily skincare practice pack a big punch as these products contain the same powerful antioxidants of the nutrient rich foods that combat damaging free radicals and toxins. Even better, these instantly absorbed high grade formulas specifically target your facial tissue to improve firmness while working to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Sufficient sleep is an essential soldier in the battle against aging – studies show too little shut eye over time dulls skin, exacerbates fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes when the stress hormone cortisol that is created by fatigue begins breaking down the collagen protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.
  • Overnight retinol creams such as top-rated Skin Restorative from the Alastin Skincare line help you work double duty in turning back time while you rest. Retinol creams aid in regenerating the skin’s natural process of elastin and collagen production for increased volume and plumpness to diminish wrinkles and reveal a more even skin tone.

Treat Yourself Well – and Often:

  • Winter Facial Care: Go To GuideBeyond a high quality daily skincare and nutrition routine, cold weather calls for treating your face to the frequent pampering it desperately deserves. A Southern Surgical Arts Hydrating Facial nourishes your skin as it removes impurities to enhance collagen production and restore natural balance, radiance and moisture.
  • Regular laser treatments are your best shot to soften fine lines and wrinkles and significantly improve skin texture and tightness. The must-have Halo Treatment stimulates collagen growth while also improving skin pigmentation and reducing pore size. Although each laser technique provides a different delivery method, all ultimately increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity. To help you determine the best option to meet your needs, we offer complimentary full skin analysis to those interested.
  • Finally, getting the recommended amount of hydrating H20 and daily exercise goes a long way in giving you that youthful fresh face you need to shine this holiday season.

To book your appointment for these treatment options and more, call Southern Surgical Arts today at 423-266-3331.

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Topics: Face

D-r Deal Lektsil v Rossii (Dr. Deal Lectures in Russia)

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Nov 7, 2017 9:38:26 AM

Dr. Chad Deal was recently invited to speak to the international community in St. Petersburg about his extensive knowledge and experience in laser technology. Southern Surgical Arts is not only well known for this procedure but has been the area’s leading provider in these non-invasive, quick-recovery treatments for patients since 2004.

The special conference was held at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel, housed in an 1853 mansion along the Moika River in St. Petersburg. Doctors and Dermatologists from Russia, Europe, England and the United States attended the event.

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Dr. Deal has done a considerable amount of quality research on laser treatments and is well versed on the subject. He said that it was a great honor to be selected as spokesperson, given the number of well-known doctors in our country who also utilize lasers in their practice.

Sciton®, located in Palo Alto, California and the world leader in the manufacturing, research and testing of laser technology, had two of its advanced and sophisticated products on site, the Halo™ and the diVa. Both products are not only the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Lasers (HFL), but are revolutionizing skin resurfacing and feminine rejuvenation.

Speaking of firsts, Dr. Deal conducted a live Webinar, in which he performed a procedure on a patient before members of the conference. Dr. Deal is one of the foremost cosmetic surgeons in the country and specializes in certain procedures with which he’s had very successful results.

Not only were there a number of famous doctors in attendance but there were a number of questions from Russian doctors about running and growing their own practice. Dr. Deal answered their questions and also said he sincerely appreciated the privilege of speaking to such an esteemed and talented group of individuals.

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Topics: In The News, Research & Forefront

We Can Never Say “Thank You” Enough.

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Nov 1, 2017 1:30:00 PM

When it comes to our patients, we are always grateful when they decide to come to us. We realize that we aren’t the only practice and ultimately, it’s the patient’s decision that determines who they entrust to perform a specific procedure.

It requires forethought, knowledge, and a little soul searching. When we meet with a patient for the first time, our biggest and most important responsibility is to listen. Listen to their concerns, their goals, and their expectations.

We understand that this is a chance for patients to truly change their lives. They walk away with a new perspective, because they decided to make an investment in themselves. We want to assure them that this investment will have a positive and lasting impact on their future.

It is our sincerest hope that every patient of ours is not only happy that they came to us, but that they have a newfound sense of confidence and well-being. Thank you for putting your trust in Southern Surgical Arts.

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Topics: Community

October 26th was SPOOKTACULAR!

Posted by Southern Surgical Arts on Nov 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Glamour? Enchantment? Disguise? And that was only the beginning to this year’s “Spooktacular” event. You might say, it was the Masquerade of Masquerades. Guests began arriving at 5:00 dressed for an evening of fun and elegance.

The evening’s festivities took place outdoors in a beautiful white tent that was tastefully decorated with draped fabric, accentuated by colorful lighting and a glittering gold chandelier, turning the space into a sophisticated outdoor ballroom. Compliments of Chattanooga’s Clay Pot.

Events with Taste provided a sumptuous and delicious array of fresh fruit, meats, and artisan cheeses. The signature beverage of the evening was appropriately named, “The Phantom.” Dr. Deal kicked off the event with a speech and a toast, which was followed by the sabering of a champagne bottle. Afterwards, members of the staff created a spectacular champagne tower with champagne coupes.

Guests danced the evening away with music provided by a DJ. There were also door prizes and a number of attractive specials offered to all who attended this amazing evening of mystery and glamour. An added element of fun and excitement was a photo booth, where guests could pick a disguise and strike a pose.

Victoria Love Events coordinated and designed the entire evening. And, all in all…it was a “Spooktacular” time!

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Check out our Facebook page to see more photos from this SPOOKTACULAR night with Southern Surgical Arts.

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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
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    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

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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.

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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