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Tighten Skin & Melt Fat Away

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Tighten Skin and Melt Away Fat without Surgery

Wouldn’t you love to eliminate those flabby fat deposits in your abdomen, love handles, and thighs and return your body to a more youthful appearance? Recent technology advances in energy-based treatments are making fat reduction and skin tightening an effective option to reduce fat in all areas of your body without surgery! Southern Surgical Arts is committed to offering the latest technology after our own thorough screening, testing, and evaluation to provide you the best treatments to meet your fat reduction goals.

SculpSure®, the latest non-invasive light-based technology from Cynosure, eliminates fat cells in the abdomen and love handles in just six weeks. Exilis®, a non-invasive radio-frequency technology, liquefies fat and promotes collagen growth to provide fat reduction and skin tightening in all areas of the body and is specifically useful in the thigh area. Schedule a free consultation with our board-certified surgeons or highly-trained specialist to see if you are a good candidate for SculpSure or Exilis treatments.

SculpSure® Fat Reduction

SculpSure Before and AfterThe first FDA cleared light-based body contouring technology, SculpSure from Cynosure, is now available at Southern Surgical Arts. Recently demonstrated on the Dr. Oz show the SculpSure non-invasive technology heats fat cells in targeted areas to disrupt their structure and over time your body naturally flushes the disrupted cells from your body.

How does it work?

SculpSure uses a 1060 nm wavelength to heat the subdermal fat cells while keeping your top layer of skin comfortable using the patented Contact CoolingTM system. Four applicators allow for the equipment to be positioned in multiple areas during a single treatment to melt away stubborn pockets of fat.

Where can it be used?

SculpSure is specifically designed for the abdomen and flank area, commonly referred to as love handles. Clinical trials in over 100 patients shows a reduction of fat by 24%.

How long does it take?

The flat non-suction applicators can treat multiple areas in just one 25 minute treatment and is a comfortable and well-tolerated treatment by most patients. There is no down-time and patients may return to work the same day. The results are seen as quickly as 6 weeks but optimal results are usually seen in 12 weeks.

Exilis® Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening

Exilis Before and AfterExilis provides an alternative to surgery. There are many other devices available that promise the same result, but Exilis is considered the gold standard of non-invasive skin tightening. Now you can turn back the hands of time and recapture your youthful appearance with Exilis.

How does it work?

Exilis uses radio frequency technology to deliver energy deep into the tissues to liquefy fat and stimulate collagen. Over several treatments it has been shown to kill fat cells.

Where can it be used?

Exilis can be used to reduce fat and tighten skin on any part of the face or body. It is particularly useful on the thigh area and has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How long does it take?

Each treatment covers a 5” x 7” surface and takes 15-20 minutes per side. In most cases, six to eight treatments are recommended spaced 1-2 weeks apart produce the desired results. Patients begin to see results after the first couple of treatments.

Who will benefit from it?

If you are 10-20 lbs overweight, are showing early signs of aging, or have hit a plateau with regular diet and exercise, you would likely benefit from Exilis treatments. Patients with certain medical conditions, who are pregnant, or breastfeeding, or have a metal implant may be excluded.

When Can I Start Treatment?

Treatment can begin soon after your free consultation to identify if SculpSure or Exilis is right for your fat reduction or skin tightening goals. Patients who do not meet the criteria for these non-invasive treatments, may benefit from surgical procedures such as a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction to provide the youthful appearance you desire.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Ideal candidates are in good physical health, and are looking to contour the body rather than lose weight.

How Much Does it Cost?

Your all-inclusive quote will include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs, facility fees, supplies, and all routine follow-up visits.

Recent Before and After Photos

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Our Surgeons

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.

State-of-the-Art Surgery Centers

At Southern Surgical Arts, we perform all of our procedures in several accredited, state-of-the-art facilities. Chattanooga's Southside, SSA's newest state-of-the-art surgical suite and luxurious office. Calhoun, GA, is home to SSA's first location and surgical facility. We also operate at Physician's Surgery Center near Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

We consult with patients before and after surgery in both our Calhoun and Chattanooga offices.

With three surgical center options, we can arrange to perform your procedure in the location that is most convenient for you. In every office, our highly trained and specialized staff provides you the privacy, comfort, and expertise you deserve.

We invite you for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Gusching, or Dr. Kluska. Together, we'll explore your aesthetic goals and work toward revealing your own natural beauty.

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