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Melt Away Fat and Tighten Skin

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Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening without Surgery

As we grow older, we find that gaining weight becomes easy, too easy in fact. Even when we take care to watch what we eat and exercise regularly, there still may be stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to respond. With less elasticity in our skin, any weight loss achievements may leave behind folds of sagging skin in their place.

At Southern Surgical Arts we offer three treatments for fat reduction. The latest light-based technology SculpSure® can reduce your fat by 24% to provide a slimmer sculpted body. The ultrasound technology, Ultherapy®, and radio-frequency technology, Exilis®, provide fat reduction and skin tightening for beautiful results for specific body areas.

At times, fat reduction and skin tightening may achieve the desired results, and at other times it is not enough. Our board-certified surgeons or highly-trained specialist will help you determine if you are a candidate for non-invasive treatments or if a surgical option such as liposuction combined with a tummy tuck will best meet your goals. Schedule a free one-on-one consultation to discuss your goals, possible treatment options, and likely outcomes.


SculpSure® from Cynosure, recently demonstrated on the Dr. Oz show, is a non-invasive light-based technology specifically designed for the abdomen and flank area to reduce fat by 24% and provide a slimmer, sculpted body. A single 25 minute treatment can produce results in 6 weeks.

How does SculpSure® work?

The first FDA-cleared light-based technology, SculpSure® is a non-invasive technology with multiple applicators that heat subdermal fat cells to disrupt their structure while keeping the outward skin comfortable. Over time your body naturally flushes the disrupted cells from your body through the lymphatic system.

Where on the body can SculpSure® be used?

The flat non-suction applicators are designed for the abdomen and flank area, commonly referred to as love handles and can be positioned to treat multiple areas in one treatment. A fat reduction of 24% has been reported in clinical trials of over 100 patients.

How long until you see results?

Optimal results are usually seen in 12 weeks, but can be seen as quickly as 6 weeks from one 25 minute treatment. There is no down time and the treatment is comfortable and well-tolerated by most patients.

Who will benefit from this treatment?

Patients who are not looking to lose weight but wish to see a slimmer, sculpted body in the abdomen and flank area in 6 weeks will benefit from SculpSure . Fill out the form on the right to schedule your free consultation.

SculpSure® Before & After Photos

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This is the only FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment proven to reduce fat and tighten skin on the face, brow and neck.

How does Ultherapy® work?

The Ultherapy® device uses ultrasound to melt fat and stimulate collagen deep within the skin.

Where on the body can Ultherapy® be used?

Ultherapy® is specifically designed for use on any part of the face. You can get rid of that double chin or saggy jowls, visibly lift the area above your eyes or your neck or décolletage.

How long until you see results?

It takes only one treatment to achieve results from Ultherapy. The session lasts from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the area being treated, and there is no downtime following the treatment.

Who will benefit from this treatment?

The best candidates for Ultherapy are women and men who want a refreshed, younger-looking face or neck with a “lighter touch” procedure and results than a full face lift. Ultherapy may not be appropriate for patients with certain medical conditions, who have a metal implant, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Ultherapy® Before & After Photos

To view more before and after photos, please visit our gallery.


Now, instead of telltale surgical scars, Exilis® provides a non-surgical option for reducing fat and tightening skin using radio-frequency technology. It is remarkably effective and the results are long-lasting. Exilis is considered the benchmark and gold standard non-invasive skin tightening device in a sea of other devices promising the same result

How does Exilis® work?

Exilis® delivers energy deep into the tissues to liquefy fat and stimulate collagen using the power of radio frequency technology. Through multiple treatments it has been shown to kill fat cells with varying results from patient to patient.

Where on the body can it be used?

Exilis can be used to reduce fat and tighten skin anywhere on the face or body. In the thigh area, it has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite permanently in some patients

How long until you see results?

Each treatment covers a 5" x 7" surface and takes 15-20 minutes per side. For optimal results, six to eight treatments are recommended spaced one to two weeks apart. Most patients begin to experience the benefits after the first few treatments.

Who will benefit from this treatment?

Patients who are 10-20 lbs overweight, are showing early signs of aging, or have hit a plateau with regular diet and exercise will benefit the most from Exilis treatments. Patients with certain medical conditions, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a metal implant may not be suitable candidates.

When Can I Start Treatment?

Contact us to schedule an appointment for your SculpSure®, Ultherapy®, or Exilis® treatment.

Our Promise to You, Our Patient

Here at Southern Surgical Arts we are committed to bringing the very latest technologies to our patients—but only after rigorous evaluation from the highest professional sources. This includes our doctors’ research and performance trials on new innovations right here in our state-of-the-art facility. Our promise is that we do the research for our patients to identify fads from real results. If we don't have the technology a patient heard about through some media source, there's probably a good reason why. We are committed to bringing the safest, most effective non-invasive solutions to the Chattanooga area.

Our Doctors

Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Gusching, and Dr. Kluska are fellowship-trained and Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons. Combined, our four doctors have more than 22 years experience. Their practice at Southern Surgical Arts is 100% committed, focused, and dedicated to cosmetic and facial plastic surgery. Since 2004, they have performed more than 18,000 major cosmetic procedures.

SSA's Licensed Aestheticians

At Southern Surgical Arts, our team of physicians and licensed aestheticians can evaluate your skin’s current health and needs during a free consultation. Together, we can create a treatment plan that can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

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